I have about £40/50 to spend on upgrading my motherboard (one of my two DIMM slots have broke) so I would prefer to have a mobo with 4 slots if possible and for DDR2 RAM.
I am also going to need a new PSU and GFX card, my total is 110.
If someone could aid me in getting a cheap mobo I would really appreciate the help. I have been out the loop for awhile and don't know whats good for the money. I can't really afford a full upgrade (and my games are starting to see some unstable fps) so this will have to last for just a year maybe.
I'm just finishing university in the next month or two, loans finished, overdrafts dieing, repayment looming. So unfortunately I can't make a dream rig at the moment, but It will be high on the list once jobsville hits home.
Its Amd x64 x2 4600+ AM2+(940)
My current board = Asus M2N-MX SE
My current gfx card: x1950 GT radeon
Current PSU: 350w ATX jeatek.
By the way, I'm in England so its GBP (Great British Pounds) not dollers if that helps. And I play PC games (and do work).
Well, my friend, then I regret can offer no more help. I am sticking with my PSU and mobo recommendations.
And, the GPU you have is very good. I could not replace it with anything even close to your budget.
Sorry that is the best I can do
My current motherboard is: Asus M2N-MX SE (AM2 socket). I can only have a maximum of 1gb ram on this motherboard because a slot on the motherboard for RAM has broken.
So I definitely need a new motherboard. I'm not very keen on onboard graphics to be honest.
Wouldn't it be more efficient to just get a cheap mobo / gfx and psu (For under 110) to give the overall system a boost. Rather than getting a ok motherboard and a better processor, leaving the graphics card unchanged and the 350w (terrible) PSU still in the computer?
What about this Mosox? It allows AM2+ / AM3 , so my AM2 4600+ will work in this while allowing me space to upgrade to AM3 in the future, yet allowing me money now for a better graphics card (than the x1950 gt) and a better PSU than the 350w jeantek now?
I would have twice as much RAM, a PSU that can actually support a graphics card for my games (this is what I am concerned about) and then a much better graphics card than the one I currently have.
At the moment games are playable, but just barely, I feel upgrading these 3 items would give me the extra boost needed to play the games I play for at least another year. By that time I will probably just build a whole new, high-spec rig, most of these components would be useless anyway so I don't know if I can justify 60/70 for the motherboard suggested.
If I upgraded it would be to a better processor than that one even supports.
I have no illusions that this would suddenly allow me ultra high res / high graphics play on the latest and greatest games.
Yes, it would; the config you posted will work - probably. I see your reasoning but I don't agree with it.
Since money is a critical consumable, and since the components will still be there next week. I would simply get the mobo now and try it with what I have - maybe save a bunch MORE money if it works.