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Okay, as of now, I was impressed with the GPU which was an 8800gts. I'm switching it out for my XFX 4890. That said, she has a Phenom 9500. The mobo is an Asus M3A which is an AM2+ socket. She would like it to be set for gaming and wanted to know what CPU would be best? Athlong II or Phenom II?
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What games? 9500 is decent just OC the hell out of it.

Edit: This would pretty much be your phenom II option...
Edited by G.E.Nauticus - 12/27/10 at 2:09pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by G.E.Nauticus View Post
What games? 9500 is decent just OC the hell out of it.

Edit: This would pretty much be your phenom II option...
I take that back... Your gonna have a hard time..

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AMD® Socket AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon™ X2 / Sempron™
AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron
AMD Cool'n'Quiet™ Technology
*Support CPU up to 95W

Edited by G.E.Nauticus - 12/27/10 at 2:17pm
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post #4 of 14
According to the ASUS website that MOBO doesn't support anything in the Phenom II range.

If it is this board vv



Then the highest you can go is the Phenom X4 9850. So sorry to be the bearer of bad news to go further will require the GF to rebuild new mobo, ram and CPU
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 12/27/10 at 2:21pm
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U only got a 4pin CPU plug. The only AM2+ 95w u got left on newegg is a Phenom II X 3 715 BE. Not sure how losing a core but gaining more L3 cache will balance out. Being a older board I wouldn't chance a 125W.

AMD Phenom II X3 715BE

Edit - Went back and looked at the website, the SB is a 600. Its a little long in the tooth now.
Edited by CDub07 - 12/27/10 at 2:32pm
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post #6 of 14
get a better mobo and a phenom II 955. you can stay on ddr2 so that will cut costs if she is price consicous.
 
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
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U only got a 4pin CPU plug. The only AM2+ 95w u got left on newegg is a Phenom II X 3 715 BE. Not sure how losing a core but gaining more L3 cache will balance out. Being a older board I wouldn't chance a 125W.

AMD Phenom II X3 715BE

Edit - Went back and looked at the website, the SB is a 600. Its a little long in the tooth now.
It won't run a Phenom II
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What about an Athlon II?
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Not one of them either.

HERE is the link to the MOBO's CPU support list.
post #10 of 14
How does the brother feel about this? LOL...

Anyways new mobo if want a sizeable upgrade. I was in same situation as my previous board only supported up to 95W. Any good processor being that low came out to be a bit hard to find.
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