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Looking For Upgrade (Gaming Build) For AMD Athlon x2 64.

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April 29, 2012 4:54:45 AM

Hello all, new user and what not. I'm not too familiar with hardware, and I've done countless research, but I always seem to second guess myself. I don't want to buy something if it turns out to be crap, and I find out I could have bought something better for 4-5 dollars more.

Anyway, onto my question. My current CPU is a AMD Athlon 64 x2. Not sure of the model, sure I could look it up easily. Here is some more info about my current pc. Keep in mind, this was not built for gaming. I'm adding parts to it as I go.

HD: 500 GB (Again, not sure of the exact model)
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
PSU: 650 W
Case: Dell Inspiron 519 Case (ATX Micro MB)

(CPU I'm looking at:
(And this, is the new MB:

Now, I know, it's no gaming build. It runs most games on medium with lag, of course. What I'm looking for, is of course upgrading my CPU. I know it will be a big upgrade, but just looking to see how it would perform with games like Tera, Crysis 2, and..pretty much any modern game.

Any help is much, much appreciated.

EDIT: Oh, and just for the record I don't have much to spend. My limit is $180-$190.

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April 29, 2012 7:13:49 AM

First i would like to warn you, Stay away from ECS anything. They are cheap boards that rarely work. Probably 1 out of 20 work for six months or more.
Second I would like to tell you that your best deal would be to look at the AM3+ boards, That CPU will work with them and you will have some upgrading room in the future. There are plenty of better companies making boards than ECS and they are in the same price range.
April 29, 2012 9:01:30 AM

With the new motherboard you linked too, you will have to get new DDR3 RAM for it. If your hard drive is not SATA, you will need a new one of those too, since that mobo does not have an IDE slot.