That S939 there indicates an old old old socket, you will have a hard time finding a new CPU for that motherboard as socket 939 was discontinued back in 2006, you may be able to find some on ebay or amazon but you wont find any upgrades in regular etailers.
Whats the budget for this upgrade and can you list your full system specs so that we can make sure that the new motherboard is compatible with the existing components. Also be aware that if you replace the motherboard you will have to reinstall windows so if its a prebuilt you wont be able to use your existing copy of windows which will add another $100ish onto the price of the upgrade.
Is that DDR or DDR2 ram? If its DDR2 you can save a bit by going for an AM2+ board, one of the new Athlon II x2s will perform significantly better than an Athlon X2 and run cooler, they are also rather cheap at the moment. Whats the potential budget for upgrades? if you have 200-300 to work with you could easily gut the system and just reuse the case, HDD, GPU, and ODD and end up with a far more powerful system in the end but the upgrades depend heavily on how much you are willing to spend.
But, with the good news I received today at the job, around 400-500$ would now be in the budget.
Would you suggest going with AMD or Intel? I have always been using AMD, I never had any problems. Some prefer Intel. For me it looks pretty much the same.
As far as stability goes, is there a difference between single-, dual and quad-core CPUs?
I'll take a stronger PSU in case I want to upgrade more.
For the components themselves, how about:
MB - AM3 GIGA GA-MA790XT-UD4P AMD790X PCIE (about 150$)
CPU - AMD PHENOM II X4 925 2.80G/3600/8M/AM3 (about 175$)
RAM - KINGSTON HYPERX 1333MHZ DDR3 2GB KIT INTEL (about 105$)
PSU - 600W ATX CM SILENT PRO M SERIES (about 110$)
Would there be a cheaper way to get an equivalent result?
I did a first check to see if the MB and PSU would physically fit in my casing, and it seems to be okay.
Since I won't go with two cards for a while I'll go with the 785G (it has an integrated GPU, don't know if that will affect things). For the price difference, the 750w is a must and the CPU looks perfect for me.
For the memory, since I don't plan in changing my WinXP I'd stick to 2Gb. I guess a dual channel will provide better results (G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel).
It would come to 450$ plus 30$ shipping. I even have 20$ left to go celebrate my 20$ economy
Thanks a lot hunter, great advice. I'll try NewEgg.com and see how they proceed.
I'll probably place the order before the end of the week. Maybe Santa will put everything under the tree;)
You may want to check direct canada and NCIX to see how their prices compare, newegg isnt always the cheapest in canada but im more familiar with their interface, NCIX will price match so you can use that to get the best deal from multiple sites and still get everything in one box.
I received everything yesterday, put it up before going to bed. I did not take into account that my WinXP is not configured for a multiple processor CPU. I should have followed my instinct and reinstalled windows at the same time (and it is due for that)
I'll work on it tonight. Thanks for the help hunter315, it helped a lot.