Best Update Advice

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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  1. 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=N82E16813157280
    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=N82E16819103995
    SSD : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
    The total is around 300 $
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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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