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Recommendation on Motherboard and CPU upgrade

Last response: in Motherboards
January 5, 2010 6:07:33 PM


Looking for some advice.

This is my current PC hardware

Motherboard - MSI K9VGM-V micro ATX
CPU - AMD Sempron 64 AM2 3000+
RAM - DDR2 667mhz 2gig (2 x 1 gig) 240 PIN
Video card - ATI Radeon HD 4650 PCI EXPRESS 1 GIG (I use this as my sound too it acts as a passthrough to my yamaha receiver
Hard Drive - 250 gig Western Digital + 1 tb external western digital hard drive
PSU - Cool Max 400watts 120MM

Now I am debating upgrading my motherboard and CPU or just upgrading my CPU

The link below is my current motherboard specs

If I were to just upgrade my CPU I would chose the AMD Athlon 64x2 6000+ 3.0ghz (link below on specs of CPU)

COST $80


If i were to upgrade both the motherboard and CPU would go with GIGABYTE MA785GM-US2H with a AMD Phenom X4 Quad Core (link below on specs of both)

COST $238

The main use of my computer is to watch compressed HD movies (4.5gigs to 8gigs) and play games (I am not a hardcore gamer but do play games like call of duty modern warefare, need for speed ect

Now I do not want to spend anymore then $260 do you think it is worth it to spend the extra money to upgrade both the motherboard and the CPU or just upgrading the CPU is good enough I do not want to change my CPU and then 1 to 2 years down the road I need to upgrade everything.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated Thank you in advance

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January 5, 2010 6:32:57 PM

i wouldnt get that cpu combo, because the cpu is the old phenom series which wasnt good, and the mobo isnt much better. look at this:

or for a great combo:

both options are about the same price, but much newer and better :D