Need Advice on upgrading $200-$250 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: this week


Budget Range: 200-250


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Manly Internet/Office Documents, watching videos, moderate gaming


Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, GPU: HD4650 , PSU: Antec Basiq BP430 430W


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: n/a


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire:No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200


Additional Comments: Simply looking to upgrade from my Athlon II X2 245 to something more powerful to play games like Assassin Creed Brotherhood, The Sims 3, Grand Theft Auto 4 ELC, at 1280 x 720 at medium settings without lag. I was thinking of getting a Phenom II with a cheap board, 4GB of RAM & possibly upgrading the GPU.
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  1. What motherboard do you have?
  2. mosox said:
    What motherboard do you have?


    Foxconn A74ML-K

    I would like to upgrade this with a decent cheap board
  3. Your mobo supports AM3 CPUs up to 95W. For gaming the video card matters much more than the CPU.
    I say buy first a CPU and see how it works:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871
    You might have to update your BIOS first, the Foxconn site is not clear on that.
  4. mosox said:
    Your mobo supports AM3 CPUs up to 95W. For gaming the video card matters much more than the CPU.
    I say buy first a CPU and see how it works:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871
    You might have to update your BIOS first, the Foxconn site is not clear on that.


    But wouldn't the mobo cause the cpu to bottleneck since it only supports 1000MHz Hyper Transport?
  5. manormortal said:
    But wouldn't the mobo cause the cpu to bottleneck since it only supports 1000MHz Hyper Transport?


    freeze it till it becomes a superconductor! then buy one...
  6. manormortal said:
    But wouldn't the mobo cause the cpu to bottleneck since it only supports 1000MHz Hyper Transport?


    Nope.
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