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December 13, 2009 7:37:56 PM

Hi, I'm a first time poster here. I need an opinion on whether or not I should upgrade my computer. I currently have an ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe motherboard that's socket AM2 with a nForce 570 SLI MCP chipset. I have an AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800+ processor as well. Should I upgrade to a new motherboard, processor, and DDR3 RAM, or should I just try to max out what I have?

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December 13, 2009 7:45:59 PM

well it really depends on what you want to use it for. if it is for gaming, then yes now is a great time to upgrade. if it is for surfing the web, then no not really, just overclock it until it cant go no more :pt1cable: 
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December 13, 2009 7:53:42 PM

I'm using it for gaming currently. Everything is good right now, except the motherboard and processor. If I upgrade it, I'll need new RAM as well. Any suggestions?
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Anonymous
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December 13, 2009 8:01:53 PM

i like amd, so i would go with amd 955, 720, or 550 depending on if you want quad triple or dual core. Also theres a great combo deal on newegg for a great mobo, great ram and the 955 for 330$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

also you might want to get a better video card, like a 4890 or 5770
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December 13, 2009 8:12:05 PM

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i like amd, so i would go with amd 955, 720, or 550 depending on if you want quad triple or dual core. Also theres a great combo deal on newegg for a great mobo, great ram and the 955 for 330$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

also you might want to get a better video card, like a 4890 or 5770



Right now I have a nVidia GTX 260. I'm thinking about getting another for the SLI. The combo doesn't look bad, but I thought Tom's recommended to stay away from the Phenom?
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December 13, 2009 8:19:20 PM

if you have a nvidia card then maybe, but i see no reason why to stay away from the phenom 2 series. The phenoms werent great, but phenom II is amazing. Maybe look at this:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

that with 2 260s and 4 gigs of ram would be great, but also much more expensive then the amd setup
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December 13, 2009 8:19:46 PM

Phenom more or less is the same as athlon
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Anonymous
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December 13, 2009 8:23:05 PM

Phenom is basically athlon, but phenom II is much, much better
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December 13, 2009 8:25:59 PM

What the difference with a athlon and a phenom II then?
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December 13, 2009 8:30:51 PM

just want to make sure we are talking about athlon, not athlon II, but as far as athlon goes...everything. Phenom II is all 45 nm, 6 Mb of L3 cache, multicore, faster clock speeds, different cores, faster hyper transports, different voltage, i could keep on going but yeah they are entirely different.
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December 13, 2009 8:43:45 PM

If money wasn't an issue, what would you recommend for a motherboard and processor?
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December 13, 2009 8:49:40 PM

if money wasn't an issue i would recommend the i7 920 and the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58,EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI + PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard, or another high end asus i7 board (but money is always an issue and a build like this will cost somwhere around 3000$)
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