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Old 05-10-2012, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MOBO-EVGA 590 SLI AMD LINK
VCARD-EVGA 9800GTX+
CPU-AMD Athlon 5600+ x2
RAM-5GB DDR2800MHZ

I want to upgrade my CPU for a quick cheap jump in frames on some of the newer games I have been playing. I've noticed my CPU being at 100% both cores while my GPU is at 70% or so. Most so on BF3, I play it now with everything on low and resolution of 1680x1050 and I can hold (depending on map) 50 frames, some maps 30. Never really goes below that and its usually pretty steady frames maybe going up or down by 5.

I have been looking at this CPU LINK

I don't have a whole lot of options and "thinking" this is my best bet.

I've done some research and have read that AM3 is backwards compatible with AM2/AM2+ Sockets, but not 100% Sure so can anyone comfirm?
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To use Phenom II chips, I believe you need at least AM2+, IIRC.
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Yea you need at least an AM2+ board for Phenom 2.
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Phenom II support on EVGA 590 SLI

I'm confused, I really want this CPU and these people have gotten it to work I guess.
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Yea just read that, and also read another thread on the eVGA forums. You need to do a bunch of stuff to get it to work making it almost a neccesity to buying an AM3 or AM2+ board.
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Seems like a bunch of people have gotten it to work though, Think I might try this but not certain yet, I'm building a new computer in the near future 2-4 Months, but I want this PC to stay around and be able to handle more even after I'm mostly done with it.
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Yeah, it's not worth the hassle.
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Well is their another processor that will be much better then the one I have without all this hassle or a cheap AM3 Board I could buy along with this CPU.
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Well is their another processor that will be much better then the one I have without all this hassle or a cheap AM3 Board I could buy along with this CPU.
Hmm not really. If I was you, I would try to find a used 940be and a used AM2+ board. Actually, if you would be willing to cover the cost of shipping I'll trade you my AM2+ board for your 590sli if you have taken good care of it. I miss my 590sli big time.
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Can you email me at toreythill@gmail.com I'd be interested in this but it will take me a week or so. What model is your board? My board is well taken care of the only thing I can complain about is that the Chipset fan is louder then it used to be.
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