Need help picking cheap mobo for AMD 64 x2 4600+ ( AM2+(940))

Hi all,

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.

All the best,


Ben.
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  1. ...and I thought I was cheap!

    (you did not specify form factor) MB: ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157226
    Newegg has no AMD boards with 4 DIMMS @ DDR2, in mATX.

    PSU: (Stunning price if you buy it before tomorrow!
    Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371023

    GPU?? Uhhh, too many variables. Need more info. What do you do with your PC?
  2. Thanks for a lively reply :)

    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).


    thanks for your help,

    Ben
  3. What about this combo for under £105

    XFX ATI Radeon HD 5450 1024MB DDR2 PCI-Express Graphics Card £37.99
    Coolermaster Elite Power 500W Power Supply £34.99
    MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 GeForce 6150SE (Socket AM2+) DDR2 Motherboard £30.00
  4. I guess I am confused. You are probably hinting to me and I am not getting it;
    You have a good GPU....but you want another one?

    Your PSU is still working well?
    The PSU I recommended is less money than the one in the combo....

    ....so, you just need a MB????
  5. No I want to upgrade my motherboard, my graphics card and my power supply. But I don't know what stuff is best for my money.
  6. 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 :)
  7. my x1950 gt is not that good, do you think the 3 items I suggested above will be a better upgrade?
  8. 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?
  9. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0033PUMYI/ref=asc_df_B0033PUMYI2765105?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B0033PUMYI

    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?
  10. bgriffin said:
    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.
    No, I don't believe it would. That is the difficulty with satisfying your perceived needs. For now just get a motherboard - the one I recommended would suit well - and build from there.
  11. I don't understand why not?

    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.

    So, wouldn't what I want to do suit me for now?
  12. 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.
    But....that's me :)
  13. Fair enough, our ends our different. But if you were to hypothetically agree with mine, what components would you go with in the low budget range?
  14. ^Echoing Mosox - a good UK shopper:

    http://skinflint.co.uk/a501024.html
    Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2P, nForce 630a

    http://skinflint.co.uk/a407508.html
    Definitely get the xigmatek
    Xigmatek NRP-PC402 400W ATX 2.3

    http://skinflint.co.uk/a495425.html
    Sapphire Radeon HD 5670
    Good work, mosox!
  15. Wow thank you, that is spot on upgrade wise. My thanks to both of you :)
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