Need help! What CPU and mobo?

I currently have an aspire t180. It has a athlon 64 3800 in it. When I capture video the computer slows and gets hot. I have two options. A local seller has a athlon 64x2 6400 for 90 dollars. I'm not sure if I should upgrade to that or purchase a new CPU and mobo.
I was possibly thinking of buying an i5 or i7. If I do go this routei want to make sure I don't buy a combination that will be outdated soon. I am a newb at this so be easy on me lol. Thx.
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  1. Well, if you get any CPU worth buying now, you will need new RAM, and maybe a HDD, and optical drive. The other Athlon is not worth $90. What is your budget?
  2. HostileDonut said:
    Well, if you get any CPU worth buying now, you will need new RAM, and maybe a HDD, and optical drive. The other Athlon is not worth $90. What is your budget?

    I'm looking to spend around 350. All I think I will need is a new mobo CPU and ram. I will use my 500 watt psu, my 1tb sata hdd, and optical drives. Lmk if I'm missing something. I can spend more if needed.
  3. My good friend gave me another option. He has a pc with a core 2 duo. It's a 2.66ghz with 4 gb of ram. It has a 500 gb hdd and is in one of those cool led clear cases. Will that pc handle the video capturing? He wants 200
  4. What exactly is video capturing? If it what I think it is, it needs a lot of CPU power.
  5. HostileDonut said:
    What exactly is video capturing? If it what I think it is, it needs a lot of CPU power.

    I am recording my mothers home movies from camcorder and VHS to the computer. Once I hit record the processor jumps to 100% and computer just runs super slow. When converting the video it does the same. I think the athlon is just going past it's limits.
  6. Is it like video encoding? If yes, then you should be looking at a core i7 2600, or core i5 2500. You will need new RAM too. If I were you, I would get this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851&cm_re=amd_phenom_ii_x6-_-19-103-851-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130590&cm_re=am3_motherboard-_-13-130-590-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178265&cm_re=4gb_1600-_-20-178-265-_-Product

    All for $282.53. That is a six-core CPU that should tackle just about whatever you through at it. If you need any higher, the core i5 is the next best option.
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