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PC Upgrade: Is upgrading the CPU only worthwhile in this case? [closed]

PC Upgrade: Is upgrading the CPU only worthwhile in this case? [closed]

I'm getting ready to upgrade my PC, but I don't have the money to upgrade the entire system. However, I think I'm in a position that will allow me to upgrade the CPU and upgrade the rest later.

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Guest [Entry]

The Phenom is a great upgrade from an Athlon, but I would say that if it's at all possible, upgrade your motherboard as well. There's a big difference between a motherboard "supporting" a processor and working well with that processor, especially if you already know it's going to hamstring certain functionality, like the HyperThreading.
Guest [Entry]

"$170 is quite a lot of money for a CPU upgrade, so the question whether it's worth or not depends entirely on your requirements.

compare the benchmark results for both processors. check the GeekBench result browser for some 'real world' results.

the AMD Phenom II X4 945 is scoring close to 6000 while the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ only scores 2500 on average. so the difference is quite significant. if you need more computing power (which per se will not necessarily result in better gaming performance as this is rather a matter of the GPU) then the upgrade might be a good choice."