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going from phenom 9750 at 2.82GHz to an Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz

Phenom 9750
Athlon X4 640

the reason i am upgrading is for battlefield bad company 2 and GTA 4 so i need to know if this is good for those games. in BC 2 with my 4870 i get as low as 23 fps on high and medium 38 fps

thanks
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You likely won't see a night/day difference but I think you will see a difference especially since the Athlon 640 can OC to ~3.6Ghz, 600Mhz higher than that 9750. Though the 640 lacks L3 cache compared to your current CPU, but I'm unsure of how big of a difference it will make.
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You likely won't see a night/day difference but I think you will see a difference especially since the Athlon 640 can OC to ~3.6Ghz, 600Mhz higher than that 9750. Though the 640 lacks L3 cache compared to your current CPU, but I'm unsure of how big of a difference it will make.
so not worth it?
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you might need a new mobo for AM3 (?)
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you might need a new mobo for AM3 (?)
i haven't got that mobo yet i just updated my Sig in anticipation but now i am thinking about cpu upgrade and leave mobo alone my current board is ECS A780GM-A ULTRA supports every amd processor available
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I have a 630, its a decent CPU for the money.
Sure it's a bottleneck for my 5870 on BC2, but it's still good enough to play it...

GTA on the other hand, is a poorly coded game, even i7s have a hard enough task to play it smoothly.

Honestly, forget about GTA IV.

Get the 640 and overclock it to remove the bottleneck.
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AM2 and AM2+ work with AM3, no new motherboard is required. I just upgraded from that processor (athlon x4) and to be honest, it was a bit of a buzz kill. Every part of my rig was amazing (before I lost 5970), but the Athlon kept making me mad in benchmarks and the locked multiplier sucked for overclocking. I would get phenom II x4 955, considering it is about $30 more, I would say it is a better upgrade all together.
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hmm i have a 4870 i am going to sell in 2 days do you guys think anybody would trade me a CPU for it lol im cheap
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hmm i have a 4870 i am going to sell in 2 days do you guys think anybody would trade me a CPU for it lol im cheap
I don't think so...

How about $100 for my CPU? lol
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I have a 630, its a decent CPU for the money.
Sure it's a bottleneck for my 5870 on BC2, but it's still good enough to play it...

GTA on the other hand, is a poorly coded game, even i7s have a hard enough task to play it smoothly.

Honestly, forget about GTA IV.

Get the 640 and overclock it to remove the bottleneck.
i can play GTA 4 on high with shadows off with 55 fps almost steady

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AM2 and AM2+ work with AM3, no new motherboard is required. I just upgraded from that processor (athlon x4) and to be honest, it was a bit of a buzz kill. Every part of my rig was amazing (before I lost 5970), but the Athlon kept making me mad in benchmarks and the locked multiplier sucked for overclocking. I would get phenom II x4 955, considering it is about $30 more, I would say it is a better upgrade all together.
really? i hear people on here claim its great value i knew a 100 dollar quad wasnt good
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