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I have a amd x2 duel core 1.8 ghtz and want to upgrade

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February 14, 2013 12:11:11 PM

Hello,
plz keep in mind I want to go on a buget, what cpu and motherboard could I go with and save money while playing games, rigt now I can play guildwars 2 but with long load times...newegg have so many deal but not sure what to buy.
February 14, 2013 12:12:26 PM

but if you guys sell stuff at a good price im willing to take a gander
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February 14, 2013 12:15:38 PM

X2 3800+ ??? Which socket do you have, 939 or AM2?
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February 14, 2013 12:19:55 PM

AM3....hate to say but its a emachine, the only 2 items I have not upgraded is the motherboard and cpu :( 
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February 14, 2013 12:20:37 PM

I have 12gigs of ram and a invidia gaming card
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February 14, 2013 12:22:45 PM

using the GeForce GTX 460
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February 14, 2013 12:33:10 PM

I also have a 500+ watt power supply, as I said the only 2 parts I have notupgraded is the cpu and motherboard......I rly do not know computers.
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February 14, 2013 12:37:25 PM

If we can get the a model#, we can see what watt rating the board can handle for the CPU. If it's an AM3 like you say, should be able to go to a Phenom series.
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February 14, 2013 12:51:03 PM

ET 1352 G
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February 14, 2013 12:55:34 PM

would this work ? AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX found it for $99.
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February 14, 2013 12:58:31 PM

Chances are, they have that board locked that CPU. Do you have a microcenter nearby?
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February 14, 2013 1:03:14 PM

microcenter ?
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February 14, 2013 1:05:18 PM

id go with a board also, if you know of a great combo, board/cpu or am I way over my head....on thinking I can just replac those 2 things ?
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February 14, 2013 1:05:46 PM

Not sure where you are from, but they have great in store specials on AMD boards and chips right now. http://www.microcenter.com/
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February 14, 2013 1:12:50 PM

Texas, aka:10 buck 2
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February 14, 2013 1:16:05 PM

Texas has two of them. One in Houston and one in Dallas.
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February 14, 2013 1:18:16 PM

The problem with changing out a motherboard is that the case's existing front panel connector is usually different in that they won't line up on the new board.

Specs list a CPU as high as a Phenom II X3 are supported on your existing board. If you do go with a new board, I'd recommend just getting a new case as well, to avoid the hassle. Tiger Direct has a lot of good combo deals that use older tech that would still be light years ahead of what you currently have.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/catego...
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February 14, 2013 1:20:55 PM

SinisterSalad said:
The problem with changing out a motherboard is that the case's existing front panel connector is usually different in that they won't line up on the new board.

Specs list a CPU as high as a Phenom II X3 are supported on your existing board. If you do go with a new board, I'd recommend just getting a new case as well, to avoid the hassle. Tiger Direct has a lot of good combo deals that use older tech that would still be light years ahead of what you currently have.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/catego...



Unless they have changed their practices, Emachines doesn't make proprietary front panel connectors. I have a Phenom II 560 with a M-atx biostar board in a P4 E-machines case that I picked up for $10 and gutted.
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February 14, 2013 1:24:35 PM

logainofhades said:
Unless they have changed their practices, Emachines doesn't make proprietary front panel connectors. I have a Phenom II 560 with a M-atx biostar board in a P4 E-machines case that I picked up for $10 and gutted.


I can't find a decent image if the inside of his model to confirm/deny that allegation. :) 
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February 14, 2013 1:35:11 PM

SinisterSalad said:
The problem with changing out a motherboard is that the case's existing front panel connector is usually different in that they won't line up on the new board.

Specs list a CPU as high as a Phenom II X3 are supported on your existing board. If you do go with a new board, I'd recommend just getting a new case as well, to avoid the hassle. Tiger Direct has a lot of good combo deals that use older tech that would still be light years ahead of what you currently have.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/catego...


I guess with that being said, " Phenom II X3- not much beter than what I have" I should get a new MB/cpu/ and case ?
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February 14, 2013 1:42:50 PM

Stupid double-post.... :( 
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February 14, 2013 1:42:59 PM

A new case would get you more flexibility with a new MB, too. Wouldn't be limited to micro ATX... just thoughts that are coming to mind...
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February 14, 2013 1:45:45 PM

I can take pics, and upload them somewhere, not sure what you mean about front panel connctors, but this one doe have 2usb ports, a pro and mini card slot for cameras etc. and micro, xd, and some other slot on the front panel.
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February 14, 2013 1:51:10 PM

Ok i opened my case, no connectors, hey are like block form built into the board.
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February 14, 2013 1:51:31 PM

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February 14, 2013 1:59:20 PM

Can you take a pic of it. The connector would be lower right corner of the board. I saw one pic online but couldn't really tell.
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February 14, 2013 2:20:00 PM

Need to see the lower right hand corner of the motherboard towards the front of the system. It is probably hidden underneath the video card.
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February 14, 2013 2:35:59 PM

this what you needed ?
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February 14, 2013 2:37:13 PM

Looks to me like they changed. A new case would be less of a headache then. I was really hoping they hadn't.
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February 14, 2013 2:41:31 PM

so upgrading would be new case, cpu, and motherboard ?...cases are cheap, can you recamend a MB/CPU I could use at a good price im not looking for the mother of all gaming just something a lot beter than a 1.8 ghtz.
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February 14, 2013 2:44:41 PM

Looking up that system, I think you might have a Athlon II 260u, which is WAY low end. Can you post a CPU-Z screenshot so we can see what we are dealing with? I don't think it is a 3800+/
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February 14, 2013 2:47:28 PM

what is a CPUz screenshot ?
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February 14, 2013 2:54:51 PM

I was thinking about 150. for motherboard and cpu, seems they look a lot beter than what I have for that price ?
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February 14, 2013 2:55:28 PM

wichita falls tx , bout 120 miles north of Dallas
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February 14, 2013 3:00:48 PM

oops, damn refresh...

There may be a decent package available on TigerDirect. Not sure driving 240+ miles is worth the savings... especially at these gas prices, lol
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February 14, 2013 3:03:53 PM

ranksone said:
what is a CPUz screenshot ?


Download CPU-z, run it, and take a screenshot! :) 


Do you know if you have DDR3 RAM?
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February 14, 2013 3:13:22 PM

A little over the $150 budget, but would still be a solid system to have.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ekr7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ekr7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ekr7/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $159.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 12:12 EST-0500)
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February 14, 2013 3:25:23 PM

SinisterSalad said:
oops, damn refresh...

There may be a decent package available on TigerDirect. Not sure driving 240+ miles is worth the savings... especially at these gas prices, lol



Yea that far away doesn't do him any good unless he already has other business to attend to there. The closest one to me is roughly 65 miles away. I usually only go and make a day out of the trip.
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February 14, 2013 8:11:38 PM

I have 12 gigs DDR3 i think
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February 24, 2013 11:38:30 AM

Best answer selected by ranksone.
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