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December 27, 2011 4:02:43 PM

I'm looking to spend a little Xmas money on starting upgrades for my PC, and was hoping for some advice from people who know hardware a lot better than me :D 

Current Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
Geforce 9800 GTX+
4 GB Corsair DDR2
ASUS M2A-VM
Seagate 500GB SATA HD

My 2 current upgrade thoughts were to either
1) Get a nice SSD for my Win 7 install, keeping random media files etc on my HDD
or
2) Get a new AM3+ mobo and an AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black

Currently using this PC mostly for Skyrim and SWTOR, and looking to spend $200-$400 for upgrades.

Thanks in advance!

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December 27, 2011 4:18:34 PM

Your mobo will be fine , upgrade your CPU , here is the list of the cpu what your motherboard support, first update your BIOS : http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2/M2AVM/#CPUS
If you want to upgrade your mobo to :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
960T is a quad what you can unlock to six core and is cheaper than Phenom II x4 970 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The total is around 300 $
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December 27, 2011 4:24:17 PM

Thanks for the reply! That is the SSD I was planning on getting.

Would that CPU work with my current mobo? I know the mobo is socket AM2, and the CPU is socket AM3, but it did appear on the supported CPU list so I'm a little confused. Thanks for the help and advice!
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December 27, 2011 8:15:40 PM

Your motherboard is socket AM2+, it can take certain AM3 CPUs, but it is generally limited to 95w CPUs. I didn't see the 960t on the support list, but it should work with bios version 5001. Try contacting Asus support first or try finding someone who has used that particular CPU + mobo combo to make sure.
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December 27, 2011 8:46:36 PM

I would suggest getting a new cpu and a new gpu if you are going to play games like SWTOR and skyrim. A Phenom II x4 840 should do fine on your motherboard with a bios update and a 6850 or a gtx460 would be a good upgrade for the gpu if your psu is powerful enough. Only they would I consider the ssd, but you might try to get all 3 if your budget permits.
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