CPU Help

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  1. trumpet-205
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    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    Okay, so last time I posted here for GPU upgrade. I upgraded my PSU (160W --> 300W) and GPU (GeForce 9300GE --> Radeon HD 5570). Gaming performance is vastly improved.

    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 can't handle it.

    So should I upgrade? If so which one? Higher clock speed or newer architecture?
     
  2. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

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    Don't.

    You may not need it for a while, and the prices will drop as time goes on.
     
  3. Scorpei

    Scorpei GBAtemp Maniac

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    Don't. That X2e of yours though not aimed at gaming will last you this year and then you can spend your money on better hardware. The entirety of that machine isn't meant for upgrades. I mean it seems like it is completely built for low power hardware, which isn't a bad thing, but isn't gaming material as such.

    This is ofcourse only if you can't get that faster X2 for a low price say 30 bucks [​IMG].
     
  4. Berthenk

    Berthenk Epitome of Awesomeness

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    1. Don't upgrade for now.
    2. Wait for Bulldozer.
    3. ?????
    4. PROFIT!!!111oneone

    Seriously though, if you want to upgrade even more, get a PSU that's not a piece of crap. You don't want to kill your hardware.
     
  5. trumpet-205
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    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    I have a Mini-ITX computer, so 300W is a lot for my computer. Wattage calculation determine that I need 180W.
     
  6. Berthenk

    Berthenk Epitome of Awesomeness

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    Ah, yes, that changes things quite a bit. Anyway, you might want to check out the new AMD Brazos platform.
     
  7. I2aven's_Sag

    I2aven's_Sag GBATemp Otaku

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    Just build a new computer, one that's highly upgradable and go with that.
     
  8. PettingZoo

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    Honestly if I were you, I'd just hold out on what you have now and save to build a new PC