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a new amd phenom is a good idea?

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September 25, 2013 4:03:11 PM

so i want to start play games again with my old pc :D 
i have m52l-s3 motherboard
2gig ram.
ati msi r4350 gpu and amd Athlon64 x2 5200 cpu
i did manage to play call of duty mw3 with it
but i doubt it could be able runing black ops 2 or new gta :) 
i want to buy amd phenom x4 925 cpu
a limited budget,what do you think ?

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September 25, 2013 4:16:15 PM

i think you don't have enough ram. the video card isn't great. the 925 will work onthe board with the proper BIOS.............. how much you paying for the processor?............... might not be worth the time nor trouble.

what's the budget?
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September 25, 2013 4:16:19 PM

It's not a bad cpu even for its age, with your board any AM2+ cpu gets crippled a bit by the HT, that upgrade would be the last leg for your rig though, you really should try to move on to something with ddr3 and a modern socket, AM3+ boards are fairly cheap these days.
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September 25, 2013 4:19:22 PM

I'd say scrap the parts and get a new computer, if you really wanted to keep it for gaming, upgrade the gpu.
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September 25, 2013 4:28:03 PM

you are right ,its old
so at start i should buy a new motherborad
at right now i have 100 to 150 $
any suggestions?
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September 25, 2013 4:30:41 PM

keep saving money. when you buy the board you will also need a new cpu and new ram. 1-150 won't do it................ for your situation you should look at an FM2 quad core build. would be an improvement over your current system. you should be able to get the core components for about $250. think I paid $240 for mine and I could have spent less, so less than $250.
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September 25, 2013 4:31:03 PM

M5a97 R2.0 is a great board for $100, whichi will let you use the other $50 for 8GB ram, and you'll be good to go until you can upgrade more parts:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 25, 2013 4:51:36 PM

thanks to all
it was really helpful
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September 25, 2013 5:05:51 PM

you're going to spend $100 on a mobo that will gain you nothing?
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September 25, 2013 5:12:49 PM

i wish i could buy all new parts together
but i have to buy them separately
and it looks like a good mobo
and a good idea to upgrade
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September 25, 2013 5:26:20 PM

so you get your new board and then your processor which is how much? then you need ram and a new graphics card. already more than my build.

if you take that $100 and buy the APU you already have a faster quad core and faster graphics on die so you don't have to worry about buying a new card.

it's your money. just trying to point out the expenditure vs performance thing and overall cost for that performance.
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September 25, 2013 5:35:01 PM

swifty_morgan said:
so you get your new board and then your processor which is how much? then you need ram and a new graphics card. already more than my build.

if you take that $100 and buy the APU you already have a faster quad core and faster graphics on die so you don't have to worry about buying a new card.

it's your money. just trying to point out the expenditure vs performance thing and overall cost for that performance.


If he wants to take a different road upgrading, that's up to him, if he just wants to wait and incrementally upgrade to something that will be much better than your build, that's his business, i personally wouldn't go the APU route, you're stuck with middling cpu performance and middling gpu performance and you'll have a wasted GPU if you add a discrete card later...
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September 25, 2013 5:47:10 PM

whatever.
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September 28, 2013 10:14:56 AM

i had talk with someone and he said " you can't use the Athlon64 x2 5200 cpu on the new M5a97 R2.0 board"

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September 28, 2013 9:05:02 PM

Ya know what, they're right, the socket is compatable, but that processor only supports DDR2 ram...it goes backwards with am3 cpus working in am2 boards, but unless the am3 board has ddr2 slots (which some did) then it won't work... but the good news is that your cpu goes for about $20 and some of the athlon ii's go for that much too (which support ddr3). So you could pretty much trade that in for something better for freeish:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Athlon-II-X2-235e-2-7-GHz-D...
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September 29, 2013 1:42:54 PM

tnx
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