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Worthwhile upgrade

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by ripkord, 7 Jun 2010.

  1. ripkord


    Joined: 5 Feb 2004

    Posts: 405

    Location: Glasgow

    Hi guys, got a system from 2006 that I'd love to invest in and spash the cash but as less and less time gets spent on the PC I cant really justify it.

    I currently have an Athlon 64X2 4800 overclocked to 3.00GHz.

    As its AM2 I was thinking of upgrading the processor (have 4870 gfx card and 4GB ram so runs most games at a decent level of detail aready).

    Would the Phenom X4 9850 be a decent enough upgrade? Would i notice the difference in for example H264 encoding - which is the real driver here to upgrade if I'm honest.

    Been a while since I looked into this sort of thing - worried the FSB would be a bit low - cant remember what mines is set at but could always bump the multiplier?

    Does anyone have any advice about the processor - does it run hot - will by giant zalman copper beast do the job (cnps9700)

    Thanks all!
  2. raralis


    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

    Posts: 501

    Location: London / Belfast

    It's an ok cpu for it's price.

    If you overclock it, you'll get a decent boost/

    Encoding benefits alot from more cores.

    If you want a massive improvment though, you should consider an i7 (that would require a completely new pc though) or see if you can upgrade your mobo and get the new six core AMD cpu.
  3. infernox


    Joined: 25 Feb 2010

    Posts: 3,219

    Location: England

    +1 for the 1090T
  4. ultrakipper


    Joined: 10 May 2008

    Posts: 297

    Location: Manchester

    Or the 1055T
  5. cmndr_andi


    Joined: 23 Apr 2009

    Posts: 12,040

    Location: Cheshire

    What is the make/model of your motherboard?

    This will determine how new a CPU you can install in your system. If you are lucky it will be a well supported board that can use even AM3 CPUs like the Hex cores mentioned above.
  6. ripkord


    Joined: 5 Feb 2004

    Posts: 405

    Location: Glasgow

    its a foxconn c51xem2aa, been meaning to check out the compatability but keep forgetting :p

    Its AM2 only unfortunately, so without getting a whole new motherboard etc its a no go - really wanted a cheap and worthwhile upgrade, so isnt it worth it then?
    Last edited: 13 Jun 2010