My system currently consists of
Intel C2D E6300 (conroe) 1.8GHZ OC'd to 2.6Ghz
Radeon 4670 (because no other board has TV out any more)
Living in Thailand currently limits my budget and choice for upgrades.
I can either upgrade the CPU to Intel Q8400 (2.6GHZ) which is the cheapest option (about $170usd)
Or go AMD way and get myself something better for the future...
GA-880GA-UD3H (because it has 8 Sata)
4 GB DDR3
Keep same Graphics card
Phenom II X2 560 (Black Edition) and hope I can get 3/4 cores unlocked ($110)
Athlon II X3 445 (maybe can unlock this) ($80)
Athlon II X4 640 (or just buy this so I definitely have 4 cores) ($100)
This is where it gets a little complicated...
If I just go with the Intel CPU upgrade is it faster than going with a Phenom X2? Maybe the Phenom will not unlock so is it then a waste of money compared to getting the Athlon X3 or X4?