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I'm running my old computer from like 6 or 7 years ago as a server, and for the most part it works fine. I have some extra money, and when it is bottlenecked, the cpu causes the bottleneck. The current cpu is an AMD Athlon X4 860k, and the motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-H, and I would like to upgrade the cpu. Is there a good cpu that is compatible with the motherboard that I can purchase for under $200?

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  • It has an FM2+ socket. However, this source says that there is no significantly better CPU for FM2+. Probably you need to upgrade also your motherboard. If you do that, you will likely want to avoid to replace also the memory. – peterh Aug 22 '20 at 7:57
  • @peterh If I'm going to replace the motherboard, I'm just going to put together a whole new system. Do you have any suggestions? – Spencer Nold Aug 22 '20 at 16:16
  • You can not significantly upgrade the CPU, because there is no significant better CPU. A motherboard replacement does not mean a whole system replacement, it is typically not more costly than the CPU, although it is more work to replace. – peterh Aug 22 '20 at 16:26
  • Btw, I think it is far more likely that the RAM is the real bottleneck. That motherboard can handle 64GB max. – peterh Aug 22 '20 at 16:28
  • I don't think the ram is the bottleneck, server ram usage is only 500-1000mb. The computer is 6-7 years old, and I feel like it would be better to put together one specifically for running servers. If you have a suggestion for a new board and cpu that has DDR3 ram slots, that would be very useful as well. – Spencer Nold Aug 22 '20 at 16:32

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