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June 3, 2010 10:29:18 AM

hi guys
well i have held off as long as i could but my current pentium D 915 (2.8ghz) and motherboard( oem model : mrs600 ) is beginning to trouble me ..allthough as a whole its still capable of running the latest games ( along with my XFX GTS250 ) i want to upgrade to a more efficent cpu and a motherboard with support for pci-express v2.0
however i need the motherboard to have the following specs :
1) ddr2 667mhz/800mhz support
2) 4 x dimms (at least 8gb max support )
3) at least 4 x sata ports
4) r.a.i.d support
now i have been wondering wether to stick with intel and go with a 45nm Intel Pentium E5400 ... or move over to AMD and go with a AMD Athlon II X3 Tri Core 435
my budget is £150 ..... so heres a few combo,s i have found... whats your opinion on these and have you any alternative set-ups
1) cpu : AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 255 3.10GHz ( )
motherboard : Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 ( )

2) cpu : Intel Pentium E5400 2.70GHz ( )
motherboard : Gigabyte GA-EP41-UD3L Intel G41 ( )

which of these two would require no bios updates... i am capable of running a bios update but would prefer not to if possible
another option would be to go with the "motherboard bundle" route .... for example i have found these bundles... are they worth considering ?

1) AMD Athlon 7550 Bundle Deal Including Athlon II X2 7550 2.5GHz Processor and Fan, and Asus M2N68-AM SE2 Motherboard ( ) ..... the only downside of this bundle is the 2 x dimms.... this limits you to just 4gb max....
2) Novatech Motherboard Bundle - AMD X2 245 - 2GB DDR2 800Mhz - Nvidia MCP61P Motherboard ( ) .. again only 2 x dimm slots but with the inclusion of a 2gb module i can use one of my current 1gb modules = 3gb .. that should be ok for now ...
and finally :
Novatech Motherboard Bundle - Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 - 2Gb DDR2 800Mhz - Intel G41 Motherboard ( ) ... another motherboard with just 2 x dimms however again it includes a 2gb module ... and the 4 x sata ports is excellent and i beleive this board also supports raid ..
basically im looking at a cpu and motherboard that will be a significant improvement over my current set-up ...
any help will be much appreciated
cheers guys !

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June 3, 2010 10:48:20 AM

if i was you i would save up and get a nice set up/make a new pc. the parts you have will be slow, if you want a gaing pc for that price.........get a ps3 if i was you i would get a ps3 or save. i am going to make a gaming pc but its going to cost me £600 with case psu and parts.
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June 3, 2010 10:49:43 AM

For future-proofing with a limited budget, AMD is the better upgrade path. The Intel G41 is Socket 775 which is effectively dead now that Nehalem has arrived.

None of the options you listed look very appealing to me. Pair an Athlon II X3 or X4 with a AM3 790 or 785 board. This will give you DDR 3 support which is even better than you specced.

Also keep in mind that you will need a 64-bit operating system to support more than 4GB of RAM.
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June 3, 2010 12:38:46 PM

hi guys
thanks for the speedy replys.... obviously i would go with something more powerful such as core i5 or six core phenom
what about the AMD Phenom II X2 Dual Core 550 3.10GHz Black Edition ( ) ... this is reasonably priced at £66 and combined with the Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 ( ) which can support up to 16gb of my ram...
future proofing isnt a problem since i will probally change the cpu and motherboard again in 12 months
just want something with better performance than the pentium D .. which cant be too hard.... thanks guys !
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June 3, 2010 1:13:09 PM

^If you are going to change out in 12 months, why do you care about whether it will support 16GB of your RAM (DDR2)? Do you already have it?

Your CPU choice is fine. But for the motherboard, get this:
This is because since you are getting an unlockable CPU so might as well get the motherboard that can. The nVidia chipset can not.