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September 30, 2010 3:08:22 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my system again because the motherboard I have doesn't support USB 3.0 or the new sata. I've got a socket AM3+ CPU heres the link for it:

I would like suggestions pulled from Newegg or Tiger

Heres the rest of my specs:

CPU:Black edition Phenom II 965 Quadcore w/Corsair H50 liquid cooler
MB:MSI K9N2 Diamond
GPU:Nvidia geforce fermi 480 sc
Ram:Crucial x4 2gb sticks 1066MHZ (8 gigs)
Case:Coolermaster HAF 932 fullsize
Powersupply:Kingwin 800watt modular
OS:Windows 7 64bit home basic (soon to be pro)

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a c 717 V Motherboard
September 30, 2010 3:14:12 PM

^Just a thought - unless you plan on buying a SATA3 Crucial C300 128/256+ GB SSD then I wouldn't "upgrade." In fact your overall performance will go down. If you really need USB 3 then buy an add-on card instead.
September 30, 2010 11:51:08 PM

Well see, I'm not getting an L3(or was it 2) Cache or something because my Processor is AM3 and my motherboard is only AM2+. From what i've read L3 catch is better but performancewise I dont know how much, all i see when I read about it are number representations such as 6mb. I was wandering, would I also not get a performance boost from going from a sata2 to a sata3? I know i'm gonna need to buy new hhd or sdd drives for this? Could you or maybe someone else elaborate on this?
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a b V Motherboard
October 1, 2010 10:26:32 AM

Nope, that AM3 CPU works the same in AM3 or AM2+ mobos. DDR3 isn't better than DDR2. As jaquith said, you don't need SATA3 unless you have a SSD, any regular HDD will work the same on SATA2 and SATA3. Even if you buy a SSD that won't help you in gaming, only in booting time.
a c 717 V Motherboard
October 1, 2010 1:57:40 PM

The least expensive way to improve your performance is to OC both your CPU and GPU. GPU OC, use MSI Afterburner -

I did look at AM3 MOBO alternatives, but I don't see any that would make any sense other than wasting your money.

If you want to be on a spending spree first upgrade to Windows 7 Pro/Home x64 so you can use the 8GB RAM vs the 4 GB now, and either add an SSD or another GTX 480.

If you purchase an SSD then get at least 120-128+ GB. Example Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT 128GB

Between the free OC and upgrading of both the OS and SSD you won't recognize you rig, and I guarantee you'll be wiser with you money.

Good Luck!