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Windows 7: Advice needed on a upgrade.

30 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Advice needed on a upgrade.

Been thinking about upgrading my Processor for awhile now.. my budget is kinda small around £90

I currently use an old AMD Athlon II X4 640 Socket AM3 3GHz 2MB L2 Cache

I am thinking of upgrading to either one of these two if you think it would be really worth it:

AMD FX-4 4100 Black Edition 4 Core 3.6Ghz Socket AM3+ 8MB L3 Cache
AMD FX-4 4100 Black Edition 4 Core 3.6Ghz Socket AM3.. |

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 6MB L3 Cache Cache
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3.. |

Will also be upgrading my Gfx card in January so any recommendations would not go a miss

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30 Nov 2012   #2

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Ello Simonlodge and welcome to seven forums
I'd say to go with the 965 black edition. I used to have one and its a really good cpu especially as they are now only about £65.
I'm pretty sure its much better than the fx 4100
As for your graphics card it all depends on budget
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30 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

thankyou ganjiry many have said to stay away from the bulldozer series of chips till the new ones come out maybe nexy year aye.. I think i will go for the 965 black edition and as for my gfx card i wanna spend around the £200 mark

I was thinking about this one..

Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI.. | OR would the Ti version be a better deal for the extra £30?

Currently using GTX 260 and also have a spare AMD HD 6790 doing nothing lol.. do ya think this is a good gpu to go with my phenom core? Many thanks
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30 Nov 2012   #4

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1

No probs
The Bulldozer is still a good cpu. I jave an Fx 6100 myself. I just think for your budget the 965 is the better option, Others may say otherwise and this is only from what i've read.
for an extra £20 ish you could get a 7950 Components Ľ Graphics Cards - AMD Ľ ATI HD 7950 Series - Overclockers UK
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01 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Not sure about the 7950 for some reason i have alot of tech issues or maybe just bad luck with ati cards in my system (XFX HD 6790) so that would be abit of a gamble for me cos i don't wanna waste my money.. works fine at first then games will start crashing to desktop and freezing.. also my monitor would go blank for no reason i can think of.. ever since i put my GTX 260 in my machine everything has worked fine, pretty strange tbh.

Here is the old thread.. give it a read if you wish
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01 Dec 2012   #6

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Ello mate
Yeah everyone has their favourites enit. I've only ever had AMD Gpu's and Cpu's untill now and have never had any kind of problem with them. I know they used to have a lot of bad drivers before i started messing with pc's but they do make very good cards now and have sorted the driver issue's.

From what i've read both cards perform about the same at stock but the ATI card performs well when overclocked.
The resolution you play at will also make a difference with which cards will be better.

I found this in another forums
If you mainly play BF3, don't plan to overclock but plan to upgrade in a year or so I would definitely go with the 660ti. However if you do overclock and BF3 isn't your focus while also planning to hold off upgrading for 2-3 years then a 7950 is a much better choice IMO. With a good non-reference cooling you can easily surpass 7970 speeds which will beat an OC'd 660ti in most scenarios and is more akin to an OC 670. Gaming at higher resolutions only furthers the gap if thats in your future plans
Its all down to preference's really
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01 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

cheers mate, i like to run my games in 1080p (1920x1080) but i never run with AA i don't really see the point at that high of a resolution cos it will just take more fps from me and i like my 60 frames per second and i now have virtual sync on all my games.. trying to gear my pc up for crysis 3 lol and i also want a pc capable of running next gen games that come out over the next say 3 years xD
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01 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

have you thought about the fx-4300 instead?
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01 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

So many to choose from lol..

Phenom 965, Fx 4100, Fx 4300 and i also been looking at Fx 6100 these are all within my budget but the real question is which one will i get the best performance out of plus to think of it i would want this cpu for atleast 3+years down the road. As I've read ppl have warned me of the fx chips becos apparently they underperformed in benchmarks but tbh benchmarks mean little to me its about multitasking and gaming for me.. I think when they first came out they was alot of driver issues since then i think AMD have fixed most of the problems and I'm also looking into going windows 8 in the new year so maybe the fx chips will be more efficient then, u may warn me of from windows 8 i know lol but I like tweaking new stuff what can i say.
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01 Dec 2012   #10

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1

yup plenty of choice's for you. I have the fx 6100 myself and its not let me down yet. I've not seen it maxed out or near max with anything but stress tests
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