I have a Sandy Bridge at work and I could actually use something faster at single threads there.
I'm not sure where "flip-mode" gets off thinking that anything AMD has can beat sandy bridge CPUs at a given price range in single threaded performance.
Thank you, re-reading flipmode's post, I did misread, however in my defense it could have been worded clearer. I am also a big supporter of "buy whats enough for your needs" idea. I also realize that budget gets put on the back burner in threads like this which is why I also supported the idea of the OP just upgrading to a Phenom x4 or x6 which would save money on a new mobo and ram. If you get a decent enough CPU, the OP's system could very well last for a couple (2-3 even) more years if need be, which is why I suggested something like the Phenom 1075T to give a little headroom. Theres a fine line to be walked when getting something good enough for your needs without limiting the longevity of the system. I personally like skipping at least 1 generation of CPU's between upgrades if possible so I'll splurge for a little extra when I do a build so my CPU/MOBO/RAM lasts me at least 2 years.
The OP is the one that is going to have to decide whether their budget is in line for essentially a new computer or if theres only enough for a new processor. The problems the OP is having with their current system is basically persisting with what sounds like only the original CPU, mobo, and ram left since the problems started. An i5 system will be a vast improvement over the phenom x2 and would replace all the components left that could potentially be causing problems, but it also costs more. Since the OP's current system is only a year old, this may be hard to stomach, bringing you back to a cpu upgrade only. Again, a cpu upgrade (x4 or x6) is still a very worthwhile upgrade that can deliver a noticeable performance increase to the OP's current system. Ultimately, I would recommend the CPU only upgrade as far as how much performance youre getting for the price of the upgrade. You're going to spend twice as much getting an i5 system and definetly wont get twice the performance as opposed to a 1075T. The i5 system is only recommended if you think the motherboard or ram are to blame for your "lock up" problems.
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