Looking for help choosing CPU/mobo

My current specs include:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor AM2 2.8 Ghz
ECS AM2 Motherboard
2 x 1 Gb PC2-6400 DDR2 Ram
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5750 1 Gb
600W Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA II
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-11L PATA
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case

I am looking to upgrade my processor, preferably AMD, and finding a good AM3 motherboard with crossfire support. I am not sure what is worth the price for the performance so I thought I'd check it out here. Obviously I would be buying new DDR3 ram, but I will decide that myself at another time.

I am looking to spend $150-$200 on the processor/motherboard. But I am willing to push it a little more if necessary for my requirements.

Thanks,
Alex
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  1. $150-$200 for processor/motherboard combined. Better performance overall, but a focus on gaming would be preferred. Willing to overclock if a heatsink/fan can fit the budget.
  2. Whats your budget for the upgrade? What are you trying to get better performance in? Games, business apps, general usage?
  3. I just picked up the propus 630 quad core with biostar ta870+ for $89.99 after rebate at frys electronics. This deal is in stores only until Thursday. I got the last one at my store in austin tx.
  4. o1die, you bought the last one at my store. I live around Parmer/Yager. I'm sure more deals will roll around, I'd just like to start getting a sense of what to look for, as I am clueless in the current cpu/mobo market. Probably won't purchase for a couple paychecks.
  5. I'm wondering how much of a upgrade the AMD Phenom X2 555 Black Edition 3.2 Ghz would be over my AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600+ 2.8 Ghz. Gaming is the most important aspect of my computing experience.

    If anyone has a good motherboard for this card, with crossfire, sata2, and usb3.0 then any suggestions would be welcome. Looking for four gigs of ddr3 aswell. I probably won't be purchasing for about a month, but I thought I would figure out my plan and look for deals for the next month.

    Thanks again.
  6. Here is a comparison between your x2 5600+ and the X2 555BE you're looking at.
    Athlon X2 5600+ - 2.9GHz vs Phenom II X2 555 BE - 3.2GHz
    Are you also looking for a motherboard with core unlock capabilities?
  7. I am, it would be nice but I am obviously not depending on the core unlocks.
  8. You are in luck. I just returned the 630 propus combo for a refund this afternoon to the austin store. It may still be available if you want it. Looks like a decent board for under $100. I even downloaded the rebate form and gave it to one of fry's cashier's in case someone wants it. Just decided I didn't need it right now.
  9. If only I got paid before friday. damn you payday.
  10. If USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s are hard requirements then something like:
    ASRock 770 EXTREME3 770 single PCI-e x16
    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 770 single PCI-e x16
    MSI 870A-G54 AM3 870 2 PCI-e x16 (x8/x4)
    GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 880G2 PCI-e x16 (x8/x4)
  11. What is the advantage of choosing the Biostar 890FX rather then the MSI870AG54?

    $89.99 after rebate compared to $139.99

    Also, is a third core with the Athlon II X3 440 a better deal at $74.99 than the Phenom II X2 555 BE at $99.99.

    Just trying to figure out differences and reasoning.
  12. Quote:
    890FX > 870 chipset

    IMO the 555 is an utter waste of money.


    I would assume the 890 > 870 but is it really worth $40? What is the reasoning justifying $40 extra spent on the motherboard.

    According to: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/120?vs=119

    The 555 BE gets more fps in Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2, Crysis Warhead, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dawn of War II, and World of Warcraft.

    The 444 only wins on Dragon Age Origins.
  13. For the friday payday, apply for a frys card today. They are always asking me to put my purchases on one.
  14. alexpenn said:
    I would assume the 890 > 870 but is it really worth $40? What is the reasoning justifying $40 extra spent on the motherboard.

    According to: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/120?vs=119

    The 555 BE gets more fps in Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2, Crysis Warhead, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dawn of War II, and World of Warcraft.

    The 444 only wins on Dragon Age Origins.


    Most of the games Anandtech uses for that are poorly threaded for a 3rd core. The Athlon II X3 is cheaper, offers similar performance single/dual threads, but will shine when more than 2 cores are in use. Really it comes down to personal preference, but I agree with some others that the Phenom II X2 line up is a waste of money, I'd rather get an Athlon II X4 for the same cost. Loose a few fps in most games because of a lack of L3 cache, but perform better in a handful of the new well threaded games and have much better desktop/application performance.
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