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Windows 7: A good replacement for my damaged AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU?

03 Nov 2013   #1
Twario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP-1
 
 
A good replacement for my damaged AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU?

Thanks to the crappy stock fan that came with the CPU (and my own incompetence), it was very easy to slip up and bend a few pins on the CPU while I was trying to clean the fan. One thing lead to another and one pin fell off (kinda easily actually). I was also under a lot of stress that day, so I think it might've been that more than the stock fan's fault. Anyways, I'm in a weird spot. The CPU still works but performance in games is worse than before, so I'm thinking I need to replace the CPU soon. I was looking for the sites to buy a replacement 965 but it's discontinued and not being sold new anymore on newegg or amazon. There's only the used ones on Amazon, but they aren't cheap (with the lowest being $105).

Do you think it's more worth my money to:

1. Get an upgrade CPU?

or

2. Get a used replacement of the same one I already have (AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE) ?

If it's 1, what's a good (AMD) upgrade CPU that's $120 or below?

I've been looking at this: AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4300WMHKBOX - Newegg.com but I don't know how it compares to my current one.


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03 Nov 2013   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Get the AMD FX- type CPU. They are the latest AMD versions. This should fit your MB socket with no problem.
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03 Nov 2013   #3
Twario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Get the AMD FX- type CPU. They are the latest AMD versions. This should fit your MB socket with no problem.
I assumed that was the case but this site: AnandTech | Bench - CPU confused the hell out of me. Why does it say it's less powerful (it's on the page I linked)? I thought that was a reliable website....
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03 Nov 2013   #4
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

This will rock your world and when mated to sealed water cooling will OC like crazy and is a real value !

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX - Newegg.com

Or step up all the way to this more pricey bad boy ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819113284
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03 Nov 2013   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Sorry, but I have never visited that site before. I am just really impressed with the AMD FX-8350 CPUs I have running.
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03 Nov 2013   #6
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would say the FX-6100 but I am biased I have been able to overclock it passed 4.5 and it fits the price range. I also have the exact same motherboard as you, so I could always help you out with any questions. I have come to know this motherboard pretty well. Which revision is yours? Mines is 1.2 with bios f6.
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03 Nov 2013   #7
Twario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crankypenguin View Post
I would say the FX-6100 but I am biased I have been able to overclock it passed 4.5 and it fits the price range. I also have the exact same motherboard as you, so I could always help you out with any questions. I have come to know it pretty well. Which revision is yours? Mines is 1.2 with bios f6.
Hmm, that sounds nice, the price is good. Do you think that would pair up nicely with a AMD 6870 GPU perhaps? How does it compare to the 965 CPU I already have?

As for the mobo the manual says says Rev.1201, but not sure what the bios# is right now....

EDIT: it's f7
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03 Nov 2013   #8
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Twario View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crankypenguin View Post
I would say the FX-6100 but I am biased I have been able to overclock it passed 4.5 and it fits the price range. I also have the exact same motherboard as you, so I could always help you out with any questions. I have come to know it pretty well. Which revision is yours? Mines is 1.2 with bios f6.
Hmm, that sounds nice, the price is good. Do you think that would pair up nicely with a AMD 6870 GPU perhaps? How does it compare to the 965 CPU I already have?

As for the mobo the manual says says Rev.1201, but not sure what the bios# is right now....

In 2009 I built a system that had AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black edition with a MSI 790fx-gd70, mushkin 2x2gb ddr3 (996601) and a XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3, but it did not have a SSD back then. I would rate that system from 2009, to my current...hmmm on a scale from 1 to 10, the AMD Phenom II X4 965 was a 6 and my current is an 8. So yeah a BIG improvement. Sadly I have never used a AMD GPU so I can't help you there, I use a GTX 660OC by Gigabyte. A small free program called CPU-Z can tell you the bios version and a lot of other useful info about the system. I am glad to have found someone with my mobo
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