Which Motherboard and CPU for my system?


I have a Dell Dimension 9150. I want to upgrade the CPU as the Pentium D that it came with runs to hot and is too slow. I know that because it is a Dell the motherboard is not upgradable. I want to put it in a new case with a new CPU and motherboard. I also want to keep my old hardware in my new system. I currently have 3gb of DDR2 533mhz RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 9600gt graphics card. The rest of my system is stock. I use my system mostly for multimedia and some gaming.

Which Motherboard and CPU should I get? Also do I need a new PSU as mine is only 375 watt?
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  1. How much are you willing to spend?
  2. you'll need to get a new case as well since dell uses DTX or BTX form factors, not the ATX standard which pretty much any mobo you can buy will be.
  3. Yes I know about the issue with Dells. That is why I am getting a new case to pu the guts of my pc in.

    I have a budget of $500. I want the motherboard to be reasonably upgradable and I need the CPU to be able to handle multiple programs and video editing. I will also use the PC for light gaming
  4. I have 2x 512 RAM modules and 2x 1gb Ram modules.
  5. If you use your current HD, optical drive, and GPU this build fits your budget and needs.

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM (Includes free Windows 7 updrade coupon)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.235877.11-129-042 $154.94 (Case + OS combo)

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649 $119.00

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392 $84.99

    Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333LLK - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220286 $78.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008 $49.99 - $20.00 MIR

    Total - $487.91 - $20 MIR

    Keep in mind that the motherboard only has 1 IDE connector for a total of 2 devices. You could get a new SATA HD if you drop down to a dual core CPU. With this CPU, motherboard, and HD the total is just over your budget at $503.89.

    AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

    ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.237631 $169.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074&Tpk=wd3200aaks $49.99
  6. Thanks for the help everyone. All your advice has been extremely useful.
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