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Hi I don't know if this is the right forum but, I need help finding a new processor. I need one that is under like $125 or so. A few years ago I upgraded from a stock video card to a 8600 GTS and it was a HUGE improvement. Then a couple years later I upgraded to the 9800 GT with 0 improvement and people kept telling me it was because my processor was bottle-necking. Here are my specs:

OS: XP SP3 32bit
CPU: AMD AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (Windsor 90nm Technology)
RAM: 2gb DDR2
MOTHERBOARD: ASUSTek Computer INC. NODUSM (Socket AM2)
GRAPHICS: GeForce 9800 GT 1gb (BFG)
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Yes, that CPU is a bit slow.. I had X2 4800+ and it was still 2 times slower than the II X2 260. My advice- get a cheap ass new mobo, cheap ass new CPU (like Ath II x2 250 or so) and cheap ass DDR3 (I've had very good memories with KVR) and you'll see improvement

It's really pointless to buy a Phenom for the AM2 now, and Athlons don't go much higher than yours. Of course, you can use an AM3 CPU, but that'd be waste of money.

Or if you manage to find a second hand Opteron 1212 Santa Ana for AM2+ Those are overclocking monsters and should be in garbage about now, due to servers switching to better platforms.

EDIT: Also note, your RAM could be the bottleneck. I don't imagine a game to use 9800GT fully, that can run on 2 GB DDR2
Edited by ronnin426850 - 12/19/10 at 8:49am
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2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
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Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
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Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
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Okay thanks for the help. How much is like 4gb of DDR3 usually go for? What about with a new motherboard + cpu that's decent (or at least better then mine)?
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Originally Posted by f4Gg0t_43 View Post
Okay thanks for the help. How much is like 4gb of DDR3 usually go for? What about with a new motherboard + cpu that's decent (or at least better then mine)?
That gives you all the juice (Dual channel RAM, Dual core, PCI-e 16x) for min $ It's just an example setup, of course

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-204-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-903-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-155-_-Product

TOTAL: 170$
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Ex-wife's Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro x64 Toshiba 32" FullHD TV Logitech FSP Hexa 550 
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if I were you id be hanging out in the FS threads and pickup a p55/x58 mobo and cpu
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