Looking for a new mobo and cpu

Hey guys/gals,

Appreciate any input here. I am trying to upgrade my mobo and CPU to play Badcompany2. I am on a little bit of a budget at the moment. I can spend 200-250 dollars. I also need ram...so that's probably going to bump up my over all spending.


Current computer specs:

More details about my computer



Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+


Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
Gaming graphics 1919 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 84GB Free (112GB Total)
Windows 7 Ultimate

System
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Manufacturer System manufacturer
Model System Product Name
Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 1




Graphics
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Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
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  1. Any clue what motherboard you have?
  2. This is what i would go with as it should last for quite some time.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350115
    $349.98

    &

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279
    $139.99


    Alternitavely, you can choose an AMD solution, start with the following:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652

    then choose motherboard & RAM from there...


    Both will go quite the distance.
  3. Option 1 reuse your DDR2 memory

    Motherboard:
    ASRock A785GXH/128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157180

    CPU:
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    Total:$229.98


    Option 2
    New DDR3 system


    Motherboard:
    BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138182

    CPU:
    AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache $104.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652

    DDR3 memory:
    OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227346


    Total:$254.97

    Your 8800GTS will be fine for now i play with my 9800GT no problems with mostly everything maxed out so your 8800 will be good. Note: In the second option with the Phenom II 720 BE you have a very good chance at unlocking the fourth core on the chip which will make it and x4 and when overclocked will be the same as the 955 i listed in the first one but this isn't guaranteed. The BE can overclock quite nicely 3.6GHZ would not be too much of an issue to get out of it.
  4. saaiello said:
    Any clue what motherboard you have?



    oops thought I put that in there. A8S-X SE Is the motherboard and I am still using ddr ram :/
  5. your system isnt what id call dreadful. up until i got my i7 a few months ago, i was running a intel pentium D with 2gb. my best advice would be to spend your money on a new graphics card, as for gaming, it is probably going to give you better performance than new cpu and mobo.
  6. keytthom said:
    your system isnt what id call dreadful. up until i got my i7 a few months ago, i was running a intel pentium D with 2gb. my best advice would be to spend your money on a new graphics card, as for gaming, it is probably going to give you better performance than new cpu and mobo.



    I disagree completely, I hate the word bottleneck, but with the current 3200+ is not going to cut it, the best video card he could use with that CPU would be the 8800GTS and he already has that, if you get a Phenom II x4 or i5 750 you will Definately see a nice performance gain, it will be night & day, then, you can add another 8800GTS for SLI or go with a 5870 later on down the road.

    With the current CPU that you have, you would see no difference in performance if you were running an 8800GTS or a 5870. the CPU is holding you back.
  7. Yeah bottleneck is a great term for it. This system plays MW2 just fine with an occasional graphic sputter lag every few minutes. But to try and play BFBC2 is completely not playable. :fou: Always have problems when the budget isn't in favor of a upgrade.
  8. Yup, that 8800GTS (I'm assuming G92) is alot of GPU for a single core 3200. An AM3 board, CPU, and DDR3 should be within your budget and keep you gaming for a while.

    ASRock M3A770DE $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

    OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) $109.99 (79.99 after $30 mail in)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227495

    AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103704

    You may also want to instead go with a Phenom II 720BE and an aftermarket cooler to overclock it. The board supports ACC so you may get lucky and unlock the 4th core, or not.
  9. megamanx00 said:
    Yup, that 8800GTS (I'm assuming G92) is alot of GPU for a single core 3200. An AM3 board, CPU, and DDR3 should be within your budget and keep you gaming for a while.

    ASRock M3A770DE $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

    OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) $109.99 (79.99 after $30 mail in)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227495

    AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103704

    You may also want to instead go with a Phenom II 720BE and an aftermarket cooler to overclock it. The board supports ACC so you may get lucky and unlock the 4th core, or not.


    Sounds like a good deal.


    UPDATE: I have about 300 dollars I can spend. What would you recommend if you had exactly that amount. I heard Duo core is actually better for gaming. But this is all hearsay. I just have minimal understanding. I can put stuff together and load windows myself. But as for the whats what...I suck :pfff: Guess thats why I am trying to get some input here. Thanks again
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