Hi not exactly a novice when it come to these things but not really professional either.
I'm going to be upgrading PC with a new CPU, Motherboard and Ram in a couple of weeks and just wanted peoples opinion on the upgrades. Stuff like rating and compatibility etc (which I think they good and compatible but always safe to double check.)
Cpu - AMD Phenom™ II X4 965 3.4 Ghz Black Edition.
i3s are dual cores with HT, tho usually faster core per core than a phenom, if going intel go right away with a i5.
A 6300 is the best choice for cost to performance, right around $140 the same as an i3, and usually amd to me would make the obvious decision when not getting a i5/i7. Anything mentioned will be huge increase versus ur old x2 and ddr2, so x4,fx, core i3/i5 is a win win