Need some advice on upgrading CPU/motherboard

Hi, I figured this was the best place to ask some questions. I've recently been thinking it was time to upgrade in the cpu/motherboard department.

I've had a Asus P5WD2 premium motherboard w/ an Intel Pentium 4 640 processor, a combo I purchased probably 5-6 years ago. It's served me well, and I recently looked into upgrading it, adding 2GB of RAM (which would give me four total) and switching to a Pentium D 950-965 processor. Looks like this can be done for around $100.

Thing is, I'm starting to consider a new motherboard altogether. My P5WD2 is getting old and has seen a lot of action (and the P4 runs pretty hot), and I'm almost wondering if spending a little more to get a new board/processor and RAM would be worth it for me. Thing is, I know next to nothing about what's out there these days - new processor families, motherboards, etc...I kept up on the technology back in the day but now I'm completely lost in knowing what to consider.

I'm not a heavy gamer; I use my PC mostly for internet and word processing, though I just think that I can probably make big improvements for under $300 in my situation.

So what would guys suggest for that price range, for starters? Or would it be better to stick w/ my current motherboard and upgrade the cpu and perhaps add more memory?

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  1. Well, since you said you aren't a heavy gamer, I would suggest either a Dual Core AMD Athlon setup, or a bit more expensive Core I3 setup.
    The AMD option should go something like this:
    Motherboard: Asrock 970 PRO3 AM3+ motherboard. It's a good value motherboard and considering that the next 2 generations of FX CPU's will be on the AM3+ platform, you pack quite a bit of upgradability in that cheap mobo. :
    CPU: The AMD Athlon II x2 270. Pretty decent chip and at a good price too, it will play most any game and it's more than enough for average internet surfing and word editing:
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance is some pretty awesome RAM:
    And all of that for $155. Hope I helped!
  2. You could get a pretty nice set for that much, check these out:
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