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What would be the most cost effective thing to upgrade?

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So my computer I have in my sig is due for an upgrade. It's been a looong time lol.
Anyway, I want something to upgrade to make this last as long as possible. I need to upgrade the CPU+GPU and I need to make this a decent gaming machine once more. A Phenom II 955 + a GTX 460/6850 will run me $350. Now I would be upgrading to old tech, but I suppose the 955 is still pretty damn fast for todays standards. I was also considering switching platforms to 1155, but that would require new RAM, motherboard, and CPU, which would cost perhaps $400-$500 bucks at the benefit of longevity. The downside to this is I wouldn't be able to upgrade my GPU.

So what do you think would be the best option? Should I consider Phenom II X2/X3's and hope to unlock them?
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You pretty much have the right idea. 955 + 460/6850 sounds like the best bet.
Those x3,x2 are a big gamble, mine didn't unlock, so you could be stuck with a dualcore
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Your suggestion looks pretty good, Phenom II quads are perfectly fine cpu's and run games great. Depending on what type of games you play though, an x3 could be fine as well. Still very few games are taking advantage of more than 2 cores.

A gpu upgrade to go along with that, and you would be set for a while. The other big performance booster, but kind of a luxury, is an SSD. I wouldn't consider it before the other 2 though, as they will have the largest impact on gaming.
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I think you have the right idea going with a 955 and a 460/6850. I wouldn't risk getting a x2/x3 and trying to unlock it because it might not unlock.

I wouldn't go with an 1155 system just because you wouldn't be able to upgrade the GPU too, and the 955 with a 460/6850 realistically should be more than enough for the next couple years.

I had a 955 with a GTX 460 and it could handle everything I threw at it without a problem, the only reason I upgraded to a 1055t was because of folding.
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