My concerns are compatibility, total power needed(for my PSU), and whether it even makes sense to upgrade these parts (rather then upgrading the MB etc)
I did some checking on my power consumption online - which shows that I am probably OK with my PSU - it has worked like a champ for the past 7-8 years. Which brings in the question of aging. I am not sure what to expect given the age of my PSU.
that board can only use the 95watt version of the 1055t on that board, and the 95watt version is pretty much non existent, the best you can get for that board is the 960t, but personally i would go with the athlon x4 645
Now I am just confused as to what is on my MB - and whether a new processor will even help speed up the system. They state with an AM3 chip I can use DDR3 1600, but also that will cause my system bus speed to drop by more than half???