My machine is built around a dual core AMD Athlon II 240 running at 2.8ghz. I'm considering an AMD Athlon II X4 CPU and want to know if I need a new motherboard or will the new chip fit in the old slot?
Currently I have a Dell drs780m02 and as I google I wonder if it might not be worth it to simply upgrade both cpu and mainboard anyway, as some of the AMD configurations look like a lot of horsepower for the money. Unfortunately that rapidly becomes very expensive as I think I'd also need new RAM, a new power supply, a new copy of Windows... etc. It also leads to exponentially more questions.
The goal is a more powerful computer for minimum expense. Any suggestions?
Okay, so a new MB+CPU combo may be a foregone conclusion. Which also means ram and probably a new operating system or at least a fee to MS to extend the license for the copy of Win7 I have.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what the best bang for the buck is right now? I mean I have a good custom case (not the dell) and a number of peripherals but is focusing on the MB+CPU+ Ram the best way to go?
Say $500-ish for everything. Maybe a bit more depending. And as I said I have peripherals, although I'll probably need a new power supply and operating system as well. But I have SATA hard drives, sound and video cards- although this side of the new NVIDIA Titan one can always use a better video card, right? I have several monitors and keyboards and mice, and a good custom case to put it all in.
My main concern is boosting core processing power by as much as I can so that I can go several years and still stay relatively current with multimedia and gaming.