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November 13, 2010 3:46:39 PM

hi all,
i have a acer aspire pc with amd athlon 64 x2 4200+ 2.2ghz it is the bottle neck of my slightly upgraded system, but do i upgrade the cpu and what is the highest i can go, or do i pay double or more (which will reduce the amount avail for my gpu) and get a mobo bundle? thanks in advance.
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November 13, 2010 4:08:41 PM

What mobo do you have? What RAM?
November 13, 2010 4:19:41 PM

mosox said:
What mobo do you have? What RAM?

im afraid i dont know which mobo i currently have but i do know its not clockable , i have 4gb of ram
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November 13, 2010 4:43:56 PM

You have socket 939 or AM2, what acer aspire model?
November 13, 2010 5:31:08 PM

mosox said:
You have socket 939 or AM2, what acer aspire model?

it says its aspire t180-gb7z
November 13, 2010 8:33:56 PM

mosox said:
It should be AM2 then. Does your mobo look like this?
http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/Motherboards/deta...

i have been looking at MSI 770T-C45 ATX. SOCKET AM2+, 5200HT, AMD770 CHIPSET, DDR2, HDMI, DVI with amd athlon ii x2 240 both for £100 and as its dr2 i can use existing ram? any thoughts or is it better to upgrade existing cpu?
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November 14, 2010 4:05:07 AM

I think you need a mATX motherboard, you probably have a mini tower.

Also you can get a faster dual core without changing the motherboard but it's not worth it, IMO, to get a new mobo for a faster dual core - you can overclock your current CPU. A real upgrade would be a triple core.

I would get this CPU
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-athlon-ii-x3-445-ran...
And a mATX AM2+ mobo. The thing is, you have 2x2G of RAM or 4 sticks?








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