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Windows 7: Which New Processor Should I Get:


01 Sep 2012   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Which New Processor Should I Get:

I'm planning on upgrading my processor but I don't know which one to get. I asked 2 of my friends who have a good processor.

Friend 1: Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.80GHz
Friend 2: AMD Phenom X4 II 955 BE 3.2GHz

They both are getting good fps in a game that requires a good processor while i'm only getting around 20 fps.


Here is the summary of my computer that Speccy gave me:

Operating System
. MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
. AMD Athlon II X3 425 51 C
. Rana 45nm Technology
RAM
. 7.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
. Acer RS780HVF (AM2) 55 C
Graphics
. W2343 (1920x1080@60Hz)
. ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics (Acer Incorporated [ALI])
. ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series (Sapphire/PCPartner) 47 C
. CrossFire Disabled
Hard Drives
. 977GB Western Digital WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1 SCSI Disk Device (RAID)
Optical Drives
. ATAPI DVD A DH16AASH ATA Device
. ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
. USB PnP Sound Device


So which would be the better processor to buy?


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01 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You want to change the processor only, nothing else?

If so, that eliminates the Intel. I did not check to see if the AMD Phenom X4 II 955 BE is compatible with your existing motherboard.
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01 Sep 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I have already upgraded my graphics card and got more RAM. Now I want to upgrade the processor.

EDIT: So are you saying that the intel won't work on my motherboard?
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01 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Neither one, if you hope to use it in your current motherboard.

The Phenom X4 II 955 BE is an AM3 CPU, and it may not be compatible.

The I7-860 is a Socket 1156 chip. Completely incompatible. (No pins on the CPU, even; its an LGA socket. It's also out-of-date; mostly Socket 1155 CPUs are available from Intel now.)

If you want a new CPU, you probably want a new motherboard and DDR3 memory as well.

At that rate, you may as well start from scratch. The power supply in the Acer may be weak in the context of a good gaming system.
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01 Sep 2012   #5

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You asked "which would be the better processor to buy?"

From a list of 2.

The Intel will not work.

Leaving you with the AMD. It may or may not work, depending on compatibility.
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01 Sep 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I agree, don't waste your money doing that!!

Get new motherboard, CPU, Memory & probably a new power supply.

Good Luck!!
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01 Sep 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

So I need a new Motherboard as well? I don't even know where to start in upgrading the motherboard. Can anyone help?
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01 Sep 2012   #8

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Whats your budget?
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01 Sep 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well my Dad is going to be the one buying it and I don't know how much he is willing to pay. He is also not home right now so I can't ask.

From what I already know the processor seems to be around $300 and he seems to be fine in paying for that. I also have $200 of my own money that I'm willing to pay. So if I add that up I would say around $500. Maybe $600
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01 Sep 2012   #10

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Generally---you can get a strong CPU/motherboard/RAM combination for maybe 450 US $.

You'll need new RAM for sure.

Decide if you want Intel or AMD CPU.
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