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So I'm in an interesting and kind of annoying situation. My graphics card right now is the only real thing up to date so I'm looking to replace my CPU... But now my motherboard is out of date and I can't really afford to upgrade my motherboard just to upgrade my cpu. The question is, what do I upgrade? I'm hesitant to upgrade my motherboard because I'm a noobie still so my experience with hardware upgrades is extremely low and consists exactly of replacing a GPU. I had a 460 before the 660 and replaced it myself through internet tutorials. Other than that, my computer was shipped put together from Ibuypower a couple years or so ago.

I would like to replace my CPU but found out my mobo is too old for the best AMD gaming CPU, the FX-8350... At least I've been told that. The question regarding that is.. What is the absolute best gaming AMD CPU I can upgrade to with my current mobo? Now that I compare the FX-8350 to my motherboard, the CPU Socket Type is supported by my motherboard... but it says the CPU Type is Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series. Does that mean it will only work with those three series?

Should I just upgrade my motherboard? I don't have any clue how to replace a motherboard and even if I looked up tutorials I wouldn't want to do it myself. Can you just take it to a computer shop and pay them to change it? Regardless of whether you think I should upgrade my motherboard, I'd really like to know what the absolute best AMD CPU is that will work with my current mobo.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx? Item=N82E16813128443)

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Power Supply: 700W

Current CPU: Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 ghz (I know I have liquid cooling, but I don't know about it specifically)

RAM: 8 gigs

TOWER: NZXT Phantom - Full Tower - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

Also, I'd like to know if I can simply double my RAM by buying two 8 gig sticks. I know that will double my RAM, i mean is it as easy as that or does the motherboard once again factor in and deny me any more RAM? I think I have two 4 gigs in there right now. Would these work? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148545
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you have the best cpu for that socket set
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Why do you want to upgrade your CPU? What is it lacking that you need? Have you overclocked it at all? That is arguably one of the better chips for that socket.

With your current board, you are limited to AM3 socket CPUs; Phenom II and Athlon II.
The FX series of CPUs are AM3+ sockets.

You will probably find a performance boost with a motherboard upgrade honestly. AM3 processors fit in AM3+ boards so in the future if you wanted to upgrade to an FX chip, you could. But when you replace a motherboard, remember you also have to replace your OS.


About your ram question:

That motherboard can only support up to 16gb of DDR3 with speeds up to 1333mhz. But do you really need 16gb of ram?
Also, at first you said your rig currently has 8gb, then you said it has 4. They should also be matching speeds. For example the ram you linked has a speed of 1600. If you don't know the speed of what you have now you can take a stick out and look at the sticker, but you typically want all the speeds to match. It is probably 1066 or 1333mhz in your rig now.

But that is an easy install as long as you buy the right stuff. Your board would process that ballistix ram at 1333.
    
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I would grap G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 and run them at 1600. This way if you upgrade to an FX chip then you are good once again.
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So the next thing I can do other than upgrade my memory is buy an intel mobo and processor... lol. Super good. If I'm looking for really great game performance but also multitask with things such as rendering videos for youtube, uploading, streaming, recording, listening to music and playing games, what would be by best choice assuming I buy a new motherboard? Would I still go over to Intel for the better gaming with my gpu or is there something from AMD that will give me both really great game performance (equal to or great than intel) and multitasking (mostly rendering, uploading, streaming and working with programs such as Photoshop and Sony Vegas).
Edited by Chibigoat - 2/19/13 at 9:27pm
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Why do you want to upgrade your CPU? What is it lacking that you need? Have you overclocked it at all? That is arguably one of the better chips for that socket.

With your current board, you are limited to AM3 socket CPUs; Phenom II and Athlon II.
The FX series of CPUs are AM3+ sockets.

You will probably find a performance boost with a motherboard upgrade honestly. AM3 processors fit in AM3+ boards so in the future if you wanted to upgrade to an FX chip, you could. But when you replace a motherboard, remember you also have to replace your OS.


About your ram question:

That motherboard can only support up to 16gb of DDR3 with speeds up to 1333mhz. But do you really need 16gb of ram?
Also, at first you said your rig currently has 8gb, then you said it has 4. They should also be matching speeds. For example the ram you linked has a speed of 1600. If you don't know the speed of what you have now you can take a stick out and look at the sticker, but you typically want all the speeds to match. It is probably 1066 or 1333mhz in your rig now.

But that is an easy install as long as you buy the right stuff. Your board would process that ballistix ram at 1333.
There is 5 rev of this mobo. It says support 1866+ or 2000+ with 2 sticks.
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Edited by Chibigoat - 2/19/13 at 9:26pm
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So the next thing I can do other than upgrade my memory is buy an intel mobo and processor... lol. Super good. If I'm looking for really great game performance but also multitask with things such as rendering videos for youtube, uploading, streaming, recording, listening to music and playing games, what would be by best choice assuming I buy a new motherboard? Would I still go over to Intel for the better gaming with my gpu or is there something from AMD that will give me both really great game performance (equal to or great than intel) and multitasking (mostly rendering, uploading and streaming and working with programs such as Photoshop and Sony Vegas).
Video rendering AMD beat most of the Intel CPU (remember I said most not all) and there is only about 5-10 FPS difference between Intel Ivy Bridge chips and AMD FX chips on most games.
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It might help to know what version motherboard you have? the 3.1 version comes with an AM3+ socket (can used the newer FX CPUs)
If you have version 3.0 or an earlier version, the best you can get is the Phenom II X6 3.3Ghz version, which is not worth it.

Frys is currently selling the AMD FX-6100 3.3Ghz (with turbo up to 3.9Ghz) with an Asus M5A97 LE 970 motherboard for $160 (plus tax and shipping).
(sell your current CPU and motherboard).

I really doubt you would see any performance improvement going from 8GBs to 16GBs of memory.
What is the make and model of your current memory?
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what kind of rendering are you working ?

3DSMAX VRAY, MENTALRAY ? CINEMA 4D ? POVRAY ?



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