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Okay, so I'm new here and need some advice from you guys.

Now I debating whether or not to upgrade my CPU. My PC is HP Slimline s3600z

My current CPU -- > Athlon 64 X2 4450e (AMD K8, 2.3GHz, 1MB L2, TDP 45W)

Possible upgrade option,
* Athlon 64 X2 5050e (AMD K8, 2.6GHz, 1MB L2, TDP 45W)
* Phenom X4 9450e (AMD K10, 2.1GHz, 2MB L2, 2MB L3, TDP 65W)

Before you say anything, my PC is a prebuilt one. BIOS wouldn't let me overclock.

I also plan on keeping this PC for a long time. I do plan on building a new PC in a year or so, but I will keep my existing PC along with my new one. I'm also worry about going into 95W CPU, afraid my motherboard (mini-ITX) can't handle it.

So should I upgrade? If so which one? Higher clock speed or newer architecture?
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post #2 of 4
Keep the 4450, save money, get a better rig later.
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post #3 of 4
If you have no problems with what you have now, then why upgrade? I really suggest saving the money and buying a custom build, no need to throw money into a prebuilt if you don't have to.
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I bought the prebuilt 2 years ago because I needed a PC right away. I normally build computer on my own.

So even if I upgrade CPU performance wise is negligible?
Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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