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October 28, 2013 1:38:14 AM

well, I really don't have any idea what to buy.. processor or motherboard. My motherboard is not good at all.please I need some answers. I dont even know if a good processor is compatible with my motherboard.


here are my computer specs

System Model
Hewlett-Packard HP 500B Microtower

Main Circuit Board
(got just 2 ram slots)
Board: FOXCONN 2A8C 1.0
Bus Clock: 800 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 6.04 07/05/2010

Processor
2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual-Core
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Display
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 [Display adapter]


a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 1:42:21 AM

what will this PC be used for?
how much are you planning to pay?
any future plans?
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October 28, 2013 1:49:07 AM

for the motherboard and ram I can spend $300-$350.
Each year I buy new stuffs for my pc. Im thinking of buying a better processor next year.
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 1:50:50 AM

If you buy a new motherboard of a different socket , which is recommended , you would have to buy a new CPU , and vice-versa. But if you increase your RAM space to 4 -8 GB you wouldn't see a big improvement as compared to upgrading your graphics card
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 1:51:52 AM

did you mean US$ 300 ?
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 1:52:14 AM

ok, what will the PC used for? gaming? video editing? web surfing only? do you have a video card? are you planing on getting a video card?
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 1:53:30 AM

IRONBATMAN said:
If you buy a new motherboard of a different socket , which is recommended , you would have to buy a new CPU , and vice-versa. But if you increase your RAM space to 4 -8 GB you wouldn't see a big improvement as compared to upgrading your graphics card


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October 28, 2013 1:58:05 AM

Yes I meant US$ 300

I got a video card ( GeForce GT 640 2GB)

i will use the pc for gaming

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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 2:01:34 AM

OK then, upgrade mobo now, then the CPU (or now if you can), then the RAMs.
what PSU do you have? are you currently using this GT 640?
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 2:02:23 AM

GT 640 DDR3 2GB ? not very good GPU :/  It's aabout 10% less than an entry-level card such a HD 7750 1GB GDDR5
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October 28, 2013 2:07:25 AM

Anas Bashar said:
OK then, upgrade mobo now, then the CPU (or now if you can), then the RAMs.
what PSU do you have? are you currently using this GT 640?


yes im using the gt640.

do you think I will get a good mobo and cpu with 300 US?

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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 2:39:28 AM

keep in mind your current Mobo is of microATX form factor, thats why i suggested that MSI mobo.
what case do you have? what PSU?
BYW, the rams i suggested will cost you $50~70, depending on the manufacturer. (of course you can get one 4GB stick now, and another one later).
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 2:52:40 AM

he doesn't need all that.
he should get these

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $487.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-28 05:52 EDT-0400)
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October 28, 2013 3:10:14 AM

well thanks for your answers, I'll have to buy all this items locally as I live on an island where their isn't much shipping facilities.

I wont be able to buy a motherboard and cpu at the same time. here are the prices of motherboards and processor at my country.

Intel Core i7 4770 LGA 1150 3.9GHz NEW 500 US

Intel Core i5 4570 LGA 1150 3.6GHz NEW 330 US

Intel i7 3770K 3.4GHz/8MB Overclocked 479 US

Intel i5 3570 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz 6MB 320 US

Intel i5 3470 3.2 GHz 6MB/quad 283 US


Motherboards

Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3 /1y 150 US
Asus P8B75-V/1yr 150 US
Asus P8H61 PRO/1y 180 US
MSI Z77MA-G45 (SATA III/3.0/xfire) 166 US
MSI ZH77A-G43 PLUS (SATA III/3.0/xfire) 160 US
Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 /1y 300 US

MSI Z87-G45 NEW haswell SOCKET 261 US
MSI Z87-G41 NEW haswell SOCKET 185 US


4GB Kingston Hyper X 1600 MHz Lovo CL 64 US
4GB Corsair Vengeanceā„¢ Low Profile 1600 64 US
4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600 83 US



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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 3:14:05 AM

why don't you tell us where you live so that we can show you the links to the cheapest parts sold at online retailers. You don't have to convert the currency to USD
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 3:14:51 AM

you cannot get a mobo or CPU without the other. save up and get them together later. use your old RAMs until you can afford new ones.
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October 28, 2013 3:21:55 AM

I live at Mauritius..1 US = RS 30
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 3:24:55 AM

Wow...

never heard of that country.

can't find any retailers online :p 
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 3:27:38 AM

the CPUs you mentioned are all overkills for your puny GT 640 DDR3 2GB
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October 28, 2013 5:27:30 AM

Anas Bashar said:
you cannot get a mobo or CPU without the other. save up and get them together later. use your old RAMs until you can afford new ones.


I will do so, I'll just buy more rams this year. I will buy my cpu and mobo later on...thanks. I'll try to save like 500 US for next year hope this will be enough.

Thanks a lot for the reply guys :sarcastic: 


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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2013 5:41:02 AM

you are welcome.

your local prices are rip off.
anyway when you save up, you can get the i5 2500. it should be a bit cheaper but still good.
regarding the Mobo, get something that will fit in your case, can hod all your PCI cards (graphics, sound etc.) it should have at least two PCI-e2 slots (X16 or Dual X8) or higher.

good luck.
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