CPU and/or mobo upgrade

Aug 24, 2020
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Goal: be able to run Age of Empires 2 DE smoothly with 2560x1440 resolution on my desktop computer.

Main Question: Is there a CPU that should improve my computer performance appreciably while being compatible with the mobo? Or should I look seriously at CPU+Mobo upgrade? I've recently added a GPU (XFX AMD RX570) that helped me achieve running a game I wanted (AOE2 DE) but it occasionally lags as the CPU pegs to 100% (due to background sys processes it seems). The CPU can handle the game running but that's about it.

Based on my motherboard, here's the compatible list of CPU's that should work. Would any of these be a noticeable improvement... or should I look at Mobo+CPU? If so, what's the best value for this purpose?


Current computer (built in 2010, GPU, power supply and SSD upgrades since):

Age of Empires 2: DE requirements (recommended)
  • CPU: 2.4 Ghz i5 or greater or AMD equivalent
  • CPU SPEED: Info
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • VIDEO CARD: Nvidia GTX 650 or AMD HD 5850 or better
  • PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
  • VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
  • FREE DISK SPACE: 30 GB
  • DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 1024 MB

Thanks in advance,
-the raven
 
Sep 21, 2020
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The first thing i would do would be to go here and run the benchmark. https://www.userbenchmark.com/ After it runs a box opens and gives you tips of things to check. Sometimes a simple bios tweak can get you running well, or perhaps it will give you another tip.

Seeing you said you were having issues with secondary processes i would just do a fresh boot, turn off anything you don't need to game, even your browser. If your running on steam or windows store or what ever just have that going and your virus scanner. Run MSConfig and check up your start up menu. All that said it seams like your comp should be able to hand the game unless it is all just being of loaded to the CPU main core. I don't know what they had done to the engine it is uses other cores now or not.




I am not as well versed with amd chips and MB compatibility, so maybe there is a better choice with a newer gen that will work in that MB/socket. but after doing a little dive on the asrock site https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/M3A785GXH128M/index.asp

it looks like the best chip you could drop in to that set up is this. https://www.newegg.com/amd-phenom-ii-x6-1100t-black-edition/p/N82E16819103913

I'm not sure getting that chip would be worth the money. Now if you can find one used from a local store or maybe a friend ect.. Then that turns into a much better upgrade if you can grab one for say 50-75 dollars. It turbo's up to 3.7 on 6 cores which is decent especially paired with your card. but a .6 GHZ boost should be decent.

Now if your gonna pay full price, aka 200 or more, i would highly suggest getting a new board/chip/ram With AMD stuff you can get a decent board for around 80-90, the ram for around 50-60 and another 100 or so depending on the chip. So slightly more cash will get you a much better boost. Even if you went the intel route. For around 250 you could get into the 4.5 ghz range which would be great. the Intel 10100 for example can be had for 100 bucks and turbos up to 4.3 and perhaps higher with the right tweaking. the right board and some ram you are again right around 250.


if you can find a cheap chip for a few bucks that could easily help out but i would not spend anything more than 100 and even that would be pushing it. But i suppose if you can get enough of a boost to make your gaming better than it might not be the worst option.


good luck!
 
Aug 24, 2020
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@JCgames or anyone else: if I'm looking for a Mobo+CPU+RAM combo to build, and would work for the next 10 years, what should I be looking for? I built the current computer in 2010, and now would like to update to work from 2021-2030 :)

At that time I paid $92 for the motherboard, $88 for the CPU, and $60 for the RAM. Anything competitive in a similar price range now-adays?
 
Sep 21, 2020
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well here is an intel build, Prices look a little higher atm, i'd expect some sales when the new stuff drops in a couple months. I saw all this stuff cheaper last month. there are other boards that are around 80 or so, but they are out of stock atm. The CPU i saw selling for 100, the ram was on sale for around 65. I'd seriously wait atm. prices are spiking up after the holiday sales. But these parts or something similar you could watch. :)

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157944 Board 120

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i3-10100-core-i3-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118138?&quicklink=true CPU 130

https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820231941 Ram 80
 

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