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April 4, 2011 4:31:58 PM

I currently have a pentium Dual Core e2160 rated at 1.8Ghz. I have been looking at upgrades for awhile and im going to upgrade my motherboard and cpu with a combo deal. So i found this deal on Ebay and i want to know what you all think..

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-AMD-PHENOM-8600-2-3GHz-MOTHERBO...

also there is a bundle on Newegg that isnt too bad with a x3 core AMD as well but it is a lot more on newegg obviously than Ebay. Just wanted to get some opinions the games I play are MMOs like WoW, RoM.

Also, I am running Win7 32 bit with 4g DDR2. and I also have a Radeon HD 4350. My PSU is still stock and that will be eventually upgraded when i upgrade my card i just want to upgrade my mobo and cpu first.

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April 4, 2011 4:38:53 PM

its rip off. the phenom CPUs where garbage and the mobo is ancient. you can get a better deal at micro center for $110 you can get the phenom II x2 or Phenom II x4 840 plus a mATX mobo combo
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April 4, 2011 4:42:58 PM

Ripoff.

For a cheap upgrade to your system, get a H61 or H67 mobo an i3-2100 and 4gb ddr3-1333 for about $230. i3-2100 smokes a 3.5ghz Phenom II X4 in gaming.
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April 4, 2011 4:43:58 PM

IMHO... it is not worth it!!

The older Phenom's are not the best of CPU's compared to the current Phenom II or Athlon II's. I would recommend saving enough money to be able to purchase at least the Athlon II X3 435 to go with a AM3/AM2+ board (but preferred to upgrade to an AM3 and DDR3, as well).
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April 4, 2011 4:57:22 PM

Its good for the money but you really want a better graphics card at least a radeon 5670 (Nvidia 450) preferably a 5770 or even better a 6850 (or Nvidia 460 1Gb).
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April 4, 2011 5:37:17 PM

Wisecracker said:
Splurge on a motherboard like the ASRock 880G PRO3


sure thats a nice board. But i cant afford that let alone afford DDR3 memory to add to it i need to stick with my DDR2 but thank you. :) 
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April 4, 2011 5:38:03 PM

simon12 said:
+1 the 1st phenoms are no good at all. If you are on a very tight budget and need to keep your DDR2 RAM you could get this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and an Athlon II x3 or X4



how much of a difference will i see out of the Athlon II x4 over the athlon II x3?
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April 4, 2011 5:56:16 PM

Cored17 said:
how much of a difference will i see out of the Athlon II x4 over the athlon II x3?

It depends on the game some there will be no difference but other there will be a noticeable performance increase see http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor... for more details.
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April 4, 2011 8:28:11 PM

Alright so i went with the AMD Athlon II x3 450, and the ASRock a770de+ board.. I am just wondering for sure without a doubt if my PSU which is the stock 250 will be able to handle it. I know my gpu is a low power one but it is a upgraded one and i also upgraded the Ram from the stock 1g(512x2) to 4gb(2x2) and if my psu isnt quite powerful enough what would happen if i tried to power it up?
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April 4, 2011 8:54:52 PM

You should look at the reviews for I3 and I5 quad core 3ghz cpu's that are in your price range. Don't go less than a quad core. If you are on a tight budget then I would go 2.8ghz quad core at the minimum. Also you want an unlocked cpu if money allows. I thought an E8400 would be good enough, and it is a nice cpu by the way, but my qx9650 blows it out of the water. Figure out what you can afford and look on Google shopping and/or Pricewatch.com for the model #'s you have decided on. Then you'll be able to avoid any abused or burnt up components. I'd start with the cpu first and then the mobo. Good luck!
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April 4, 2011 9:15:42 PM

Here's just a suggestion, I don't know what your budget is:

i5-760 $210 @ Amazon

Biostar H55 HD $74 @ 3btech

4gb dual channel 1333mhz ddr3 $40 @ Komusa.com
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April 4, 2011 9:22:38 PM

You will most likely need a better PSU especially if you want to upgrade the GPU (which in my opinion is a more or as important upgrade as the CPU) I suggest a 480W Antec or corsair.
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April 4, 2011 10:03:35 PM

well thank you for the suggestions but i already bought the X3 and the ASRock board like i had said and i just want to know if my PSU will ruin my new mobo or cpu if its not enough power. But @Ratcliff.. thats 240$ and thats way over my budget i wanted to be less than 175 and i paid 169 for the mobo and cpu with 1 year warranty on each.
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April 4, 2011 10:25:04 PM

Ty Malmental :)  again... lol... but sigh i feel i have made a error? Although i hope i have been reading wrong and not being stupid. Micro ATX and ATX? i believe my board now is a micro atx and i believe the one i ordered is a ATX am i screwed now and need a new case and psu?
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April 4, 2011 10:37:56 PM

yes totally a idiot man i cant believe this a week i have been doing research and after i order i find out its too big. i hate my life lol.
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April 4, 2011 10:43:10 PM

What is your case? If it supports an ATX motherboard, you are still good to go! Your PSU has no effect on if a motherboard is ATX or mATX. It will perform just the same either way.
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April 4, 2011 10:46:59 PM

i cant tell what my case is but im assuming its a micro its only 14.5 inches tall? what else do i need to know or how else can i find out?
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April 4, 2011 10:48:46 PM

Can you list a maker or model #?
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April 4, 2011 10:56:52 PM

sorry its a Presario SR5410F if u google it i think a pic comes up.
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April 4, 2011 11:14:26 PM

I think you are in trouble, as I don't see it fitting your case. I would look to cancel or plan returning upon receipt. The case is too small for an ATX motherboard.
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April 4, 2011 11:20:04 PM

ok well there are some Case/PSU deals on Newegg for like 50ish bucks. would that work?
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April 4, 2011 11:21:37 PM

tecmo34 said:
I think you are in trouble, as I don't see it fitting your case. I would look to cancel or plan returning upon receipt. The case is too small for an ATX motherboard.



Ok this is the PSU thats in my case now.. i dont know a lot i just wanna make sure but it doesnt say Micro anywhere just ATX does that matter?
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April 4, 2011 11:26:31 PM

alright yea i just looked up the dimensions of a reg ATX PSU and mine and mine is smaller so i know im screwed. But is it ok to just buy a case/psu combo from newegg?
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April 4, 2011 11:32:07 PM

i3-2100 Sandy Bridge build is best for low end (~$400) in my opinion right now. You can get much cheaper than that if you live near Micro Center, or reuse case, HDD, DVD, or PSU.

Don't neglect your PSU. A bad PSU kills other components as it goes bad and then takes some down with it when it fails.
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a c 78 à CPUs
April 4, 2011 11:33:03 PM

Yeah... It is fine to buy a PSU/Case combo from Newegg
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April 4, 2011 11:44:48 PM

Best answer selected by Cored17.
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