I did look at a few mobo+cpu combos over at TigerDirect. They had this combo. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8297868&CatId=14
Only thing I don't know is if my current Lenovo case would allow for the new mobo to fit. How would I go about finding out? I did some research and the people rave about the Phenom II X4 945. I also noticed its an older CPU. Seems to handle most games as long as you have a GPU capable.
Are the combos cheaper, or can I actually pick out a mobo, cpy and memory and still end out around the same price as the combos? I am a total newbie when it comes to components. I do know that building myself, I save money. Plus I have always wanted to build a pc.
I do have a Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series 1gb. Its basic for the most part. I may or may not upgrade the GPU. Seems most games don't mind my GPU, its the CPU that I have that does not meet minimums.
I would love to buy an i3,i5,i7 but they are pretty pricey. I am also reading that some processors that can benchmark at I series cpus and cost 1/3 of the price.
I would prefer at least a Quad Core Cpu. Something relatively new, at least 3.00ghz, 6-8mb L2/L3 cache and a decent mobo.
Remember that I plan to use components on my current pc to complete the build. Also, if Windows 7 64 Home Premium is installed on my HD and I install it in the new mobo, will it still work? Or will I have to buy a license of Windows 7. I do not want windows 8. Have heard its a pain.
Thanks for all the replies so far.