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I admit - I'm confused about Motherboards/CPUs

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March 12, 2014 2:53:10 PM

I plan to upgrade my wife's older Compaq Presario S5000NZ which shipped with an ASUS P4G533 motherboard. It is a microATX form factor. The intended use is essentially aS AN email reader... so nothing much but I might like to do some digital music streaming / and possibly hook it up using HDMI to my TV/Audio system.

Also - I might want to have a dual boot - Ubuntu/Windows configuration.

The existing system is hopelessly slow - and painful to use. I plan to scrap the existing motherboard-OS and I can't really see any reason to dump the case. I recently replaced the power supply with a new 500 W unit, so it should be fine.

I plan to continue to use the monitor, keyboard, mouse - but dump the motherboard/cpu/Hdd. There is a tight budget on this - I think somewhere like $100-150 for board/cpu and $80-90 for memory?

I already have a new 120GB SSD Sata3 and so I think all I need to add is a
1. Motherboard (with graphics on board*)
2. CPU (AMD probably )
3. Memory (8 GB)

I was thinking of going with a bundle motherboard/CPU and there are a number of them - MSI?AMD comobo which use the Socket FM2 ( http://tinyurl.com/mc8edmy ) , or Socket AM3 boards and now I see that there are boards announed for delivery in a moth or so using the AMD AM1 platform.

I not really certain how to compare the performance between these products. I want to run a Windows 7 64 Bit version - and try as I might - I can';t seem to find where any of the manufactures even mention there processor as being 64 bit architecture? Are all processors these days 64 bit so no one mentions that? What gives?

How does one go about determining what processor - board combo is best - and where can I determine which cpu is 64 bit?

Any help/advice /recommendations is much appreciated.

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March 12, 2014 3:58:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $242.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 18:55 EDT-0400)

It's $2 over your top end budget but you can make it in budget with a cheaper mobo(it has slightly less features but probably not noticeable to you)

The processors you're looking at FM2,AM3 or Intel Haswells(Gen 4) are all 64 compatible no problem whatsoever. This has a quick processor on it for home/office tasks

I'd go for this setup simply because it's faster than the similarly priced AMD offerings, unless you overclock them but that'd be a bit excessive but if you'd like an AMD setup for a bit less than this i3 build go with this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $219.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 19:16 EDT-0400)

It's slower than the i3 but should be fine for the tasks you require.
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March 12, 2014 4:17:26 PM

Thanks !! I'll check them out.

UPDATE: I did not know about PCPartPicker - that site is fantastic!
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