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Pls advise on upgrade

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February 14, 2010 2:23:04 PM

I have an Athlon X2 4000+ and nVidia 9800GT I'm going to upgrade my processor and motherboard.

With the money I want to spend, I can buy either:

Athlon II X3 435 + 785G motherboard + 40GB SSD boot drive


Intel i3-530 + H55 motherboard + 4GB DDR3 to replace my existing 4GB DDR2


something else.

I use Photoshop, play 3D games and run Virtual Machines.
Which do you think would be a better upgrade? Is the move to DDR3 worth it or can it wait for next year?

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February 14, 2010 7:24:02 PM

Definitely go with the first choice. I also read that that cpu supports ddr2 and ddr3 so you would be able to get that SSD and some new ram in the future.
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February 14, 2010 10:06:03 PM

If you're a big fan of upgrading I'd say to go with a AM3 mobo and DDR3 RAM, possibly a USB3 and SATAIII type. Then your next time will be with the same mobo/ram.

As a related question, can your current motherboard run that CPU now, no matter how poorly? If it can, you could just use that until the 800-series chipset is out. But I guess some of the DDR2 mobos are really cheap anyway.

Strictly speaking I guess that means I'm voting for a variant of the first option.
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February 14, 2010 10:42:56 PM

No, my motherboard can't run any processor that's currently in production. It would be great if I could just pop a $80 CPU but I was unlucky to buy one of the last AM2-only boards so now in order to upgrade the CPU I have to upgrade the MB as well.

Last month I upgraded my other computer, it was a Celeron D on a 945GC chipset and I replaced the CPU with an E5300. Now it's silent, three times as fast and all it took was $70. Too bad I can't do that with this AMD system... I hope AMD doesn't retire AM3 too soon.

a b B Homebuilt system
a c 292 V Motherboard
February 14, 2010 10:46:47 PM

Hi. What is your budget?
February 14, 2010 10:55:27 PM

saint19 said:
Hi. What is your budget?

$300 - $350
a b B Homebuilt system
February 14, 2010 11:30:48 PM

They've said taht it'll be their main socket for the next couple of years.

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a b B Homebuilt system
a c 292 V Motherboard
February 14, 2010 11:48:51 PM

Well, this are some options:

1- Option: CPU + Mobo + RAM

CPU $ 99.00 Here
MOBO $ 178.99 Here
RAM $ 114.99 Here

Total: $392,98

2- Option:

CPU $ 159.00 Here
MOBO $ 99.99 Here
RAM $ 99.99 Here

Total: $359.97

3- Option

CPU $ 99.00 Here
MOBO $ 99.99 Here
RAM $ 99.99 Here

Total: $ 298.98
February 16, 2010 12:31:35 AM

Best answer selected by killerclick.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 16, 2010 2:11:55 AM

So which did you go with?