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So i've been considering upgrading my PC for a while because the laptop i have been using is simply garbage, despite having much better specifications, it seems to underclock itself any time it can. My PC originated as a HTPC, which i decided i wanted to upgrade because with the exception of Graphics Card, Processor and Motherboard it really isn't a bad setup.

Anyhow, there is an Athlon II x4 641 on ebay right now for $31 including shipping, and it's been a while since i've actually been in the market for new parts. I'm on a pretty tight budget at the moment, which is why this stood out to me. If i bought something like this, along with a decent mid range graphics card (GTX 950 for example) would i be able to run games like WoW with decent settings?
Edited by tylerand - 11/3/15 at 7:51pm
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The 641 is a better CPU than your A4-3300 but not by much. It adds two extra cores and a little speed bump. Instead of getting a GTX 950 you are better off getting an AMD video card as they're generally cheaper, especially second hand. Thus you're better off looking into a second hand FM2 board, an X4 740K and a 7870 or 7850.

That 641 you are looking at is so underpowered you will never use a GTX 950 to its full potential, so don't be fooled by nVidia's propaganda campaings and get yourself something that's more balanced.

While going by prices here is not really applicable to you I was able to find 7850's, 740's and boards that combined cost about the same as a GTX 950 alone.

if my above recommendation is still too much second hand how about an i3-530, some random board to go with it and a 7850? Can't get cheaper than that and it's still better than that 641.

Look at this. I3-530 for 10 USD.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Intel-Core-i3-530-2-93-GHz-Dual-Core-L3-4M-Processor-Socket-1156-CPU-SLBLR-/281846915363?hash=item419f62a123:g:hqcAAOSwo0JWKzax

Asus 1156 board:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Asus-P7P55D-E-LX-SOCKET-LGA-1156-DDR3-Intel-CPU-i3-i5-i7-w-IO-shield-motherboard-/321911729017?hash=item4af36f2b79:g:DucAAOSwHmhV8zeO

It can't get cheaper than that, can it?
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The main reason I was looking at it was just to hold me off for a few months until I get a new cpu/mobo. I had forgot to mention that in the original post.

Edit: After shipping that motherboard and processor would come up to around $80. Though it is something I will check out, because as you say it would be a lot better. I'll take a better look when I get home. This edit should be at the end... Tried fixing it but it's difficult to post on this website on my phone.

It would be to hold me off until I can buy an i5 4690k and a motherboard. If it's not worth it I'll just be saving for a bit longer and buying it all at once. It just would have been nice to have something to use in the meantime.
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In that case then the 641 isn't a bad purchase if you don't have much else to spend but I still think getting the GTX 950 is a waste of money. You can just as well get something like a 6870 and have an excellent system. While I recommended the 7850 I did it for the long term because even that is bottlenecked by the 641 but it's a cheaper choice than the 950 for now.
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In that case then the 641 isn't a bad purchase if you don't have much else to spend but I still think getting the GTX 950 is a waste of money. You can just as well get something like a 6870 and have an excellent system. While I recommended the 7850 I did it for the long term because even that is bottlenecked by the 641 but it's a cheaper choice than the 950 for now.
Think i might actually shop around for an R9 280.or maybe even a 290 if i can get lucky.
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So I bought it along with a 5770 for $80 shipped to hold me over for now. Should play WoW better than my current setup, and it'll allow be to do a bit of overclocking.

Thanks again for your help.
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You are most welcome. I haven't played WoW in years but I hope this suits your needs.
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