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What is the best AM3 socket processor for gaming?

Question asked by griffonwing on Oct 26, 2015
Latest reply on Feb 1, 2016 by siman

I currently have the following system specs:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
  • ASUS Crosshair III Formula 790 FX
  • ATI HD5870 XFX

 

I build this system about 5 years ago.  Currently running Win 7.  Im looking to do a full upgrade once the AM4 processors are released in 2016. This includes an 8-core processor, 32GB RAM, and the R9 Fury. However, until then, Id like to boost it as much as possible without requiring a new motherboard. So, a few questions for the AMD wise.

 

1) Is it worth buying a better AM3 socket processor now?

2) Is the R9 Fury worth it with the proc that I have currently?

3) or Should I just upgrade my RAM to 8 or 16 GB and wait on the rest until the full upgrade?

 

Thanks

gw

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