Help - Upgrading, Motherboard & CPU

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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.

ASRock 990FX Extreme3 CPU: Phenom II X4 945e 3.0 Ram:(2 x 4GB DDR3 ) GPU : HIS 2GB 6950 PSU: Corsair 850w

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ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Brand ASUS

Model P5Q Pro Turbo

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type LGA 775

CPU Type Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium dual-core /

Celeron
 

FSB 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
 

Chipsets

North Bridge Intel P45

South Bridge Intel ICH10R

Memory

Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin

Memory Standard DDR2 1300/1200/1066/800/667

Maximum Memory Supported 16GB

Channel Supported Dual Channel


Expansion Slots
 

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

Storage Devices

PATA 1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max

SATA 3Gb/s 5 + 2

SATA RAID 0/1/5/10 Matrix RAID

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset VIA VT1708S

Audio Channels 8 Channels

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2 2

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

Onboard USB 6 x USB 2.0

Onboard 1394

Onboard 1394 1x 1394a

Physical Spec

Form Factor ATX

Dimensions 12" x 9.6" ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Power Pin 24 Pin

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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.

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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.

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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 . . .

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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.

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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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103644&cm_re=amd_phenom_ii_x4-_-19-103-644-_-Product

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

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well I can't find a AMD mobo that says it can take a Phenom II X4 and still able to take DDR2 ram . . .

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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.

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DUDe-LIKE 90% of am2+ motherboards support ddr2-just type in am2+ motherboard-not that hard

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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?

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So this motherboard would take that CPU you listed?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394

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Yep-it should

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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

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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?