My motherboard just died and I'm not sure where to go from here..
My CPU is a Phenom ii X4 965, and I was using the IGP in my late mobo as I'm not a hardcore gamer..
Now I'm not sure what to do.. I lost $200 in the dead mobo, and I just want to get buy with equal system or a little better.. I don't want to spend much specially for high end GPU, but at the same time, I'd like a decent GPU.
After checking the local market, I have two choices now..
-Buying a new mobo with a 970 chipset, and buying a low cost graphic card.
-Selling my am3 CPU, and buying an FM1 system which (as I understood) has an Radeon HD 6000 IGP.
I'll spend almost the same on both choices, but I'm hesitated since I'm not familiar with the concept of the FM1 APU..
Guys, my budget is limited since I bought this system two years ago was the top AMD with IGP system at the time and paid to the nose.. but just 10 days after the two years (Damn MSI board has 2 year warranty) the mobo died. so I really don't wanna spend alot.
As i mentioned, I dont wanna spend on a GPU.. I'm thinking about FM1 mainly because the its IGP (radeon 6000) performance should top any $50 GPU.. $50 is what I'm willing to pay for a GPU since I'm not really a gamer.
Basically, my budget is the coast of a mediocre AM3(+) motherboard, plus a low GPU. or a fair FM1 processor and board (exchanging my AM3 cpu for an MF1, and getting a board with a radeon 6000 IGP)..
Well your CPU is already pretty nice, and going from a mediocre mobo + gpu to selling your CPU and getting an APU + mobo would most likely increase the cost.
Plus later on down the line IF you decide oh hey that game looks fun you will most likely have to upgrade the MOBO + APU but with the just new mobo + gpu all you would need to do is purchase a better GPU.
(the board doesn't have the better GPU its integrated into the cpu btw.)