Alright, I am looking to upgrade my current system's motherboard and CPU,
Currently I'm running.
Motherboard: Acer EM61SM/EM61PM
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 2x 4800+ @ 2500 MHz
Memory: 4x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM 800
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
Budget: $190, counting shipping and before mail in rebates.
Goal: Upgrade Motherboard & CPU
Requirements: 1. Will take my current 4 sticks of ddr2 800 memory. 2. Intel, because video card is Nvidia. 3. Must later on be able to take a quad core CPU.
My current system runs most of what I want but not at max settings and that's just how I like to play my games, so I want to upgrade my system, I know my current system is not too bad, I'm sure others will think other wise but anyways, I think my current mobo and CPU is holding back my video card, because my mobo is just old and my CPU is a AMD and not Intel, plus the main program I use, uses a lot of the CPU, I mean the CPU is always running at about 80% to 90% when ever I am using the program and soon the program will have updates that will require more out of my system so . . .
This is what I have found so far that I think I'll be able to get now and upgrade later
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
More info in next post.
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Those two things will cost me $190 USD, could I do better with $190 or less?
Keep in mind, what ever I get has to accept my video card and memory, until I can get something better later on.
That motherboard accepts, Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium dual-core / Celeron, CPUs so I'll be able to get a quad core later on, also the ram goes up to DDR2 1300 so I'll be able to do some upgrading there too.
Also this is just a semi temp upgrade until I have better income so, I'm not looking for it to last, just to run my programs better.
ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model P5Q Pro Turbo
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
CPU Type Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium dual-core /
FSB 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
North Bridge Intel P45
South Bridge Intel ICH10R
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 1300/1200/1066/800/667
Maximum Memory Supported 16GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel
PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 (support ATI CrossFireX technology at x8 link)
PCIe x16_1 blue, PCIe x16_2 black (* black at max. x8 link)
PCI Express x1 3
PCI Slots 2
PATA 1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 5 + 2
SATA RAID 0/1/5/10 Matrix RAID
Audio Chipset VIA VT1708S
Audio Channels 8 Channels
Rear Panel Ports
USB 1.1/2.0 6 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 1 x IEEE 1394a
eSATA 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB 6 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394 1x 1394a
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12" x 9.6" ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
Power Pin 24 Pin
The only thing I am wondering about this motherboard is, that it says it does ATI CrossFireX, yet its North Bridge and South Bridge are intel, I'm not sure how that works, because I don't know enough about all that but it makes sense that if every thing on your mobo is intel, things will run better when you have a Nvidia video card.
AMD is not bad for gaming, especially on a budget. Try looking at some AMD mobo + CPU's in the 200 dollar price range and I bet you can get better performance for your dollar.
Yeah, but I have a Nvidia video card, wouldn't you think my system would run better if the mobo/cpu where from the same chip type or set or what ever its called, Intel . . .
Another thing to note, is that the motherboard I'm currently looking at, the one in the above post, it can upgrade a lot, not many AMD motherboards can do both dual and quad cores and also have the ddr2 ram range, at least that's what I have found out, looking at AMD mobos, also the mobo in the above post, a lot of reviews say its a very good overclocking board and where I am getting it, it comes with overclocking software.
For your budget Amd is probably better-
OH and NVidia card works almost identical in AMD and Intel systems-the notion that is it does not is just misinfo spread by fanboi's
I would recommend
Amd Phenom II x4 940 as it is AM2+ so it can do ddr2 ram+MB is gonna be cheaper
Then find a cheap mobo-$70 am2+ mobo should not be hard to find
This way you spend $190 and right away get the quad core and no ram switching
well I can't find a AMD mobo that says it can take a Phenom II X4 and still able to take DDR2 ram . . .
Okay, I found one, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138130R
its a few bucks over 70 but its currently the only one I can find.
Also, that CPU you linked is OEM, no heatsink/fan included, thus I'd have to buy one and that would send me way over my budget.
DUDe-LIKE 90% of am2+ motherboards support ddr2-just type in am2+ motherboard-not that hard
Sorry, so any motherboard that says AMD2+ on it, will take that cpu, it does not actually have to list Phenom II X4 in its cpu type list?
Well for those two things it'll be $198, I guess that's not too bad, getting two more cores out of it and then some, though I'll have to get a CPU fan/heatsink, I could get a okay one that's only $25 bucks but meh
I just now noticed how poorly the layout is of the AMD motherboard is, I won't be able to use my sound card with that mobo because my video card will probably cover those two slots up.
Does anyone know of a better or as good amd mother board that will take Phenom II X4 CPU listed above and still will take four DDR2 800 ram sticks?
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