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November 11, 2010 8:54:26 PM motherboard Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition

PC: HP pavillion desktop

Athlon X2 4600+
Gigabyte HD 4670 video card
2gb DDR2 Ram
Western Digital 80gb hard drive (upgrading this also)
300 watt psu
ASUS MOTHERBOARD currently in pc

Okay looking to upgrade my pc's cpu. My current cpu is Athlon X2 4600+, which is the most my current motherboard can handle. PC games are requiring X3 and quad core's now to run at highest levels. The above two items are just what was looking at. It doesn't have to be those two items, just what found in my price range. Looking to stay under $100.00. Raising two daughters, so money is tight.

Question is what's a good quality board for that price range. The amd Phenom shows a AM2+ socket. Is there other specs need to consider on my pc. Like my PSU wattage, since getting into a quad chip. Size of the motherboard to fit in pc, or most boards the same size.

If questions weren't obvious am a novice, I replaced single core cpu with the above dual cord cpu with no issues. But still a noob.


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November 12, 2010 12:02:54 AM

I cant see the links you provided, but if the board isn't DDR2 you will have to shell out for DDR3 which is most likely what it is unless you pick a DDR2 board.
November 12, 2010 12:06:52 AM

Board is DDR2, from the details tab on
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November 12, 2010 1:16:39 AM

Both links don't work so I cant really tell you anything about them
November 12, 2010 2:54:52 AM

They should most likely work just fine. I had the M4A77TD until I upgraded to the M4A89TD Pro/USB3
November 12, 2010 3:00:55 AM

So theres no issue with my pc specs. Mostly with my psu 300 watts or any other specs that your aware of. I read customer specs on both items. Some say motherboard blows and others say great board.

Thanks for your help.
November 12, 2010 3:23:21 AM

thanks just wondering if a quad core requires more, than a dual core.

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November 12, 2010 3:26:07 AM

Don't think so. But you may be border line. Give it a shot and see how it goes.
November 12, 2010 3:28:33 AM

Well give it a shot, my psu 300 watt was passed prev test. It had 12 volt on the rail twice, well according to my research and help from another toms hardware expert.
November 21, 2010 11:05:17 PM

Best answer selected by stevie44.
a b à CPUs
a b V Motherboard
November 22, 2010 12:50:31 AM

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