I posted my problem in the motherboard category, but didn't get any response. Hence reposting it here, hoping to get some clarification.
I think my Mobo and CPU are not inter-compatible. WHich is why I'm getting serious issues in performance - especially with playing hi-res videos and multitasking. My CPU usage shoots up drastically all of a sudden. Always while playing hi-res videos. Sometimes all on its own. The task manager shows svchost services eating up the resources - such as windows update etc.
I have installed all latest drivers for the Mobo as well as onboard graphics. Also disabled Windows Essentials etc. and even tried to disable the aero effects. Nothing has worked.
I suspect my CPU is of a higher TDP than the Mobo can handle. (THe CPU cabinet is also too noisy and heated at times).
What's the most ideal next step for me? Replace Mobo or CPU? Will adding a gfx card help?
Mobo:M2N-MX SE PLUS with onboard nvidia GeForce graphics
CPU: Athlon X2 6000+
RAM: 4 GB
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
It really depends on budget - if you are super tight then hit a cheap AM2+ with no TDP limits for your 6000+ and reuse your DDR2. As seen, most peeps less knowledgeable about h/w could easily over see this and give wrong/incomplete advice.@@
If budget is not as tight - AM3/DDR3 upgrade is a good idea and also depends on your needs as well