So what I'm asking is how much and what type of RAM can this motherboard handle, and will this processor be compatible? Or do I need to get a new motherboard that is compatible with both my graphics card and the processor I'm looking at?
Any help is appreciated, thanks a ton guys.
Your motherboard is a 945 socket 775 motherboard. You can only upgrade the cpu to something like a Intel Q6700 quad.
I do not recommend that, the line is 3, going on 4 generations old. And... DDR2 ram is more expensive than newer DDR3 ram, so that would cost extra also.
The Phenom X4 is also getting a bit aged too. It would require a amd motherboard change. If you are going to change the motherboard, I would go ahead and buy new technology.
What do you want to use this upgrade for, and what is your budget?
My budget is around $200-$300, but I would like the most bang for my buck. I'm using the desktop mainly for gaming, mostly WoW, but i would like to be able to play Team Fortress 2 or possibly Planetside 2, but I know that might be a stretch. I'm really just looking for a cheap upgrade for gaming needs.
A cursory look at WOW benchmarks and cpu core scaling tells me that WOW is one of those games that can only use two cores. The faster the cores, the better. Here is one older benchmark showing that even older Intel duo's do a good job in WOW cataclysm. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-c...