New motherboard or new cpu

my current mb is 4coredual-sata2 (asrock)
it has pci-4x
and 2 gb ram limit

my cpu is pentium 4 3.4ghz .

i would like a better cpu but my mother board is alsio lacking

my original computer was a dell and it has broke ,so I have sent to pc shop for repairs a few times but he gave me bad parts :??:

so what should i do?
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  1. What is your budget? What other parts do you have? What is the primary use for this PC?
  2. budget is $150
    gaming mostly


    other components

    9600 gt
    3 gb ram
    320 gb hard drive
  3. Funky board. It was made to allow you to use your existing parts at the time (namely DDR Ram and AGP GPUs) while upgrading latter. Looking at it CPU support page though it supports the older 65nm Core2s, but not all of the newer 45nm ones. Still, it looks like you can go with an E7000 series CPU with a BIOS update. I say go with an E7400 for now, the latter get a better motherboard and aftermarket cooler to overclock it. Your other option is to get a CPU/motherboard combo and since you have $150 you can get something pretty decent, assuming you currently have DDR2 RAM and not DDR RAM which would mean you would also need new RAM.

    You could go with an E5200 and a P35 board, or go the AMD route and get a AMD Athlon II X2 245 along with a recent 780/785 board that supports it.
  4. megamanx00 said:
    Funky board. It was made to allow you to use your existing parts at the time (namely DDR Ram and AGP GPUs) while upgrading latter. Looking at it CPU support page though it supports the older 65nm Core2s, but not all of the newer 45nm ones. Still, it looks like you can go with an E7000 series CPU with a BIOS update. I say go with an E7400 for now, the latter get a better motherboard and aftermarket cooler to overclock it. Your other option is to get a CPU/motherboard combo and since you have $150 you can get something pretty decent, assuming you currently have DDR2 RAM and not DDR RAM which would mean you would also need new RAM.

    You could go with an E5200 and a P35 board, or go the AMD route and get a AMD Athlon II X2 245 along with a recent 780/785 board that supports it.
    i have ddr2 3gb. actually i have a spare 2 gb ram .was thinking of getting e7400 to and getting a micro mb (gigabyte) that has all the features pci x16 2.0, later and it only costs $60 :)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128388
  5. That would not be a bad choice at all. To make your budget, pair that board with this CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116091
    Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - $84.
    I wouldn't be surprised though, if you'd be better served with an AMD setup; perhaps something like a 550BE and a 780G board. Coming from a P4, even a X2 250 would be an improvement.
  6. The thing is, your budget probably won't afford you a cpu and graphics card upgrade. If you're only gaming, you should just upgrade the graphics card to an ATi 4870 1gig for 150. Or if you want all around upgrade performance, you should upgrade your CPU to some of the ones mentioned in this thread already.
  7. card is pretty decent for gaming still go with amd would get a decent cpu/mb combo like an athlon x2 250 and a MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard if you can squeeze in ddr3 memory it will beat out the 5200 and get 90% the performance of the 7400 also beats out the 6300
  8. Pretty much any of the mentioned options would be a big jump from your current CPU ^_^. Anyway the G41 board isn't bad, but it's not really for overclocking. If it was me I would upgrade in steps, which is to first get a E7400 and a good cooler for it. The next upgrade would be an SLI board and another 9600GT along with overclocking the E7400. Of course I'm also tend to be cheap and stubborn sometimes so I'd be trying to use that ASRock board for all it's worth :D.

    Anyway just look for a good combo deal on new egg. Just be mindful that if you go AMD to get an AM2+ board so that you can use your ram as AM3 boards only support DDR3.
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