Need Upgrade Advice Tags: Homebuilt Systems Product Last response: July 19, 2010 4:31 PM in Systems Share south_valhalla July 19, 2010 3:20:38 PM I use my system mainly for gaming and I am looking for the most effective way to improve performance with a budget of around $200. I am currently running: -Windows 7 Pro 64-bit -Gigabyte M61ps3 Motherboard F7g BIOS ( http://ee.giga-byte.com/products/mb/cpulist/ga-m61p-s3_... ) -AMD Athlon x2 5200+ CPU -3 Gigs DDR 2 800 RAM -1 250 Gig Sata 2 HDD (Windows installed here) -1 250 Gig ata 133 HDD -Sapphire ATI HD 5770 512mb (Recent upgrade from Gigabyte NVIDIA 8800GTS 320mb) My initial thoughts were a faster CPU such as a Phenom X4 or X3, but which one offers the best value for money on my older Motherboard? More about : upgrade advice hunter315 a b B Homebuilt system July 19, 2010 4:04:29 PM You can get a 95W Phenom II 945 and it will run on that board with a BIOS update. You can pick on up for $140 at newegg and it will give you the best performance that your board supports. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l south_valhalla July 19, 2010 4:31:41 PM Thanks very much! m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedNeed advice on plan to upgrade a pre built computer Forum SolvedUpgrade RAM : Need advice please Forum Solvedneed power supply advice for upgrade Forum SolvedNeed advice what parts to upgrade on this office pc Forum SolvedPC upgrade fail.. I need power supply & RAM advice please Forum SolvedNeed advice on storage upgrade Forum SolvedLooking to upgrade a 670 GTX, need some advice concerning older components and how they might work with a new GPU. Forum SolvedNeed upgrade advice. Forum SolvedNeed help with a new upgrade and advice on these components. Forum SolvedNeed some advice on gaming rig upgrade Forum Solvedneed advice on budget upgrade please Forum SolvedNeed advice on what to upgrade. Forum SolvedLooking to upgrade due to limited gaming experience, need some advice! Forum SolvedNeed Advice for Server Upgrade Forum SolvedNeed GPU upgrade advice. Want triple monitor setup Forum SolvedFree Gaming rig to upgrade, need advice. Forum SolvedNeed some advice for GPU upgrade (to adjust with my current spec) Forum SolvedMid-Tower Internals Upgrade (for Windows 8) - In need of advice/suggestions. Forum SolvedWant to upgrade Headset to actual headphones, also need advice on Condenser mics. Forum SolvedNeed Advice on PC System Upgrade Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !