This coming winter I want to rebuild but keep as many parts as I can including the motherboard, hard drive, and ram. However, after some thought I was wondering if it would be wise to upgrade the cpu without upgrading the mobo? The mobo's specs include AMD 64 X2 processors so I don't think its an issue of compatibility, since I am wanting to get like a AMD 5000 (or something like that). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is an AM2 cpu which I am assuming is compatible.
So do you recommend getting a new motherboard? Since I haven't had a dual core cpu with this mobo before I just want to avoid any headaches, you know.
I guess what got me worried about the mobo was that it isn't even listed at newegg, so I don't think Athlon even sells it anymore!
So if you recommend I dump the A8N5X, what other mobo would you suggest? Chosing a good motherboard is the hardest thing for me. I never had many problems with Athlon so I have always stuck with them. I am adverse to change
if you overclock and you want to keep your motherboard i would recomend the opteron 170 on sct939. or an OEM x2 4200. in truth i would ditch the motherboard and ram though. DDR2 is very cheap right now (avg 100-130 USD for 2gb. and for 250 you can get a HUGE motherboard/processor upgrade. like a 5600+ on an M2N-E.
i have an asus m2n-e (i only use 1 video card) and i LOVE it.