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Looking to upgrade Mobo/Processor

I'm not very computer savvy so I don't know too incredibly much about mobo/processors and their performance/compatibility. My current mobo and processor are fairly old. My processor is a AMD Anthlon Dual Core Processor 4050e 2.10Ghz. I'm looking to buy both a mobo and processor for a good deal, obviously the cheaper the better. I'm looking to hopefully spend around 150 or less, I'm not sure how feasable that is.

I mainy do some light gaming, so with that into consideration is finding a decent mobo/processor a possibility for 150 or less? If so can someone point me in the right direction in terms of some good choices.

Very much appreciated!
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  1. What's your current mobo?
  2. Sorry heres all the info about my mobo/processor:

    Emachines model ET1161-07
    AMD Athlon Dual Core Processor 4050e 2.10Ghz
    3.00gb ram
    32 bit operating system

    Mobo:
    emachines model MCP61PM-GM 2.2
    chipset nvidia MCP61
    rev. A3

    I'm looking to replace both.
  3. Best answer
    here is a pretty nice motherboard from biostar. its cheap and has good onboard graphics.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138283

    and here is a good quad core cpu, its the cpu only, but im sure you can use your old cooler just fine on this one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103932


    of course this is minus the ram, the ram would be an extra 40 bucks and here is some god ram

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253


    there are cheaper cpus but they are just dual cores. althought they do operate from 2.9 ghz and up.
  4. I can't find the specifications for that computer, so I don't know if it uses a standard size motherboard -- either mATX or ATX. From the picture, it appears to be mATX-sized. There is another thread, linked here that suggests that emachines does follow the mATX standard:

    Quote:
    Just to follow up on this post. I received my parts yesterday and everything worked perfectly! Apparently emachines does fully comply with the micro ATX standards. I would also assume this is true for any other T series as well.


    This is for a eMachine T3612, though, so YMMV. Good luck!! Please report back on what you end up doing.
  5. Nice! I'll look into grabbing these. Also, my current ram wouldn't be compatible with that mobo so I'd have to buy the ram you suggested correct?
  6. zex_vex55 said:
    Nice! I'll look into grabbing these. Also, my current ram wouldn't be compatible with that mobo so I'd have to buy the ram you suggested correct?


    yeah the motherboard i linked uses ddr3 and your older board uses ddr2. the ram i suggested should work with no problems on the biostar board, i suggested it cuz its black and it would look nice with your mobo. and also the biostar board can take up to 8gb of ram if you ever wanted to expand it. you'll just have to use the 4gb sticks though.

    and im assuming you were talking to me lolol
  7. Yep I was. Thanks for the help! This seems like it would be a pretty drastic upgrade in comparison to what I'm currently running.
  8. His cooler is rated for 45W TDP, the quad has 95. Get a boxed CPU, Athlon II X3 or something.
  9. mosox said:
    His cooler is rated for 45W TDP, the quad has 95. Get a boxed CPU, Athlon II X3 or something.


    well all athlons II 's and phenom II x2's have the same cooler, the semprons have a thinner version of the same one. its not until the phenom II x4's where they begin to use the opteron style coolers with the copper heat pipes. but since it is a quad core it will get hot with heavy use.

    mosox does have a point, if you do get the quad core it will heat up faster if you use your old cooler.

    may i suggest these cpu coolers.

    a Cooler Master
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103075

    and an Evercool
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119091
  10. Sounds good, looks like I'll be grabbing the mobo, processor, ram, and evercool cooler sometime this week. Thanks for the suggestions.
  11. Best answer selected by zex_vex55.
  12. YAY!!!!
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