Upgrade or new build?

Okay, so I was doing some research on my motherboard the other day after a fresh install of windows. I was on the Asus website and in the bios section of downloads they have a bunch of updates for a new list of supported cpu's.

http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=1&s=24&m=M2N-SLI&os=25&hashedid=FsG6bN2HsOMpwLxD

So basically today what I am going to ask is if it is actually worth upgrading the cpu on this motherboard.

Current Build is as follows.
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
4gigs of G.Skill Gaming ram
H.I.S. HD Radeon 4670 1gig
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
Antec 500watt PSU

I am on a limited budget as I am sure numerous other people are. If it would be worth upgrading to one of the higher caliber cpu's on that list I would be inclined to do so.

Any advice would be welcomed.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. What is your budget?

    What is this build primarily used for?
  2. well, I have 2 pc's with identical setups, and budget is at most right now about $300 between the two. Times are tough but we game as a hobby instead of the bars or movies.

    So gaming is the use. $300 budget.
  3. With a $300 budget, you are probably better off with upgrading components over a new build. I'd look at a GPU upgrade.
  4. Of the compatible CPUs on that list that are available, the Athlon II X3 445 is probably your best bet: It is $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872&Tpk=athlon%20II%20445

    You could upgrade the GPUs to 5670/6670s as they are also around $75, but it would not be a huge upgrade from your current 4670 (the 4670 is roughly equivalent to the Nvidia GT 240 in this graph: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533-9.html )

    If you can swing an extra $50 (to $350 total), a 6770 would be a much more worthwhile upgrade: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161387 ($100 each after MIR) and allow you to get the Athlon II 445 as well.

    If you just go the GPU route, you can get a 6870 for $150 after MIR, or a 6850 for $150 before MIR.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    However, I don't know whether these may be bottlenecked by your current CPU, maybe others will have an idea about that.
  5. chesteracorgi said:
    With a $300 budget, you are probably better off with upgrading components over a new build. I'd look at a GPU upgrade.



    I agree. You will see the greatest "gaming" performance increase from a graphics upgrade.

    Your CPU is old and could definitely use an upgrade too, but for budget sake, the upgraded graphics would be the most bang for your buck.
  6. Quote:
    However, I don't know whether these may be bottlenecked by your current CPU, maybe others will have an idea about that.


    I am the same way. I don't mean to Hijack this thread, but if anyone knows of an article that discusses bottlenecking Please post a link.

    But yet again, I agree. If your current CPU can handle the 6870, that would give you the best performance increase. If the CPU cannot handle the 6870 though, then personally I would just wait til you have more cash to get a Phenom II CPU + a HD 6870. (Strictly personal preference)
  7. Doing some more looking, alternatively you could begin upgrading your platform for $159 per unit.

    $68 AMD Athlon II X3 450
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

    $68 GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128504

    $24 G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    A little later you could upgrade the GPUs, rather than doing it all at once, and this would allow you to upgrade to Bulldozer/other AM3+ CPUs further down the road.

    If you took this route total upgrade cost would be $500-$600 after upgrading your GPUs down the line. $300-$320 now on platform, and $200-$300 later on GPUs.

    Just another option to look at to extend the life of these systems (AM3+ is key to this strategy).
  8. Man you guys are completely awesome. Thank you so very much for everything.

    I think at this point this is the most cost effective way for me to improve upon my wife and I's gaming hobby.

    Again, I thank you all.
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