Trying to upgrade my current system

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#1

i want to upgrade my current system so i hope i can get a few opinions. I know how to put the parts together and make them work but i have not built a system in some years. I currently have an athlon 64 3200+ with 3gb of ram,. I already have 2 sata hd, and sata dvd burner to reuse. I also have a pci tv tuner card that i want to use. I am looking at the Phenomâ„¢ II X4 965 Black Edition processor from microcenter http://www.microcenter.com/specia...PROMO.html and the asus board. Is this a good upgrade for the price? i am also looking at this memory to go with it. http://www.microcenter.com/single...id=0317832

i read about getting a dual core and unlocking/overclocking it but i dont know anything about that and i just want a good system that will do basic computing and some light video editing. I have a microcenter close by so picking up at bm is fine.
Thanks in advance for any input. I know there is always the intel vs amd debate. I really wanted to spend around $150 but if i have to go up to $200 i will to get a better system in the end.


#2

For what your doing I would reccomend the M4A78LT-M LE motherboard and the Athlon X4 640 CPU for $105. The motherboard is better than the one you were looking at and this x4 cpu is plenty fast for what you want to do.

The links you posted are bad, I don’t know what ram you were looking at.


#3

I am trying to learn about computer hardware, what makes that board better than the asus that come witht the phenom? I just want to get the fastest chip i can afford so it will last me for a while.


#4

The chipset on the ASUS M4N68T-M is very old. The ASUS M4A78LT-M LE has the 780L which is much more recent, the board has DVI output, 6 sata ports instead of 4. Those boards are very similar layout wise but the ASUS M4A78LT-M LE is better and worth the $10 over the other board.


#5

ok thanks, that makes sense. would the mother board you mentioned work with the 955 phenom chip? Would i even notice a difference if i stepped down to the slower chip?


#6

No that board won’t work with the 965 that you want.

The combos are HERE

If you really want the 965 then go with the original combo you were looking at: 965 with M4N68T-M V2 for $150 it should be good.


#7

could you reccomend some good memory to go with the 965 setup? i would kinda like to stay at microcenter since i will be getting the other stuff there. Is 4gb ram enough or should i get more?

also, would i be better off going to one of the boards that are further down on the list? if i had to spend an extra $50 to get a much better board i would still do that since it seems memory is not that expensive.

[QUOTE=eric93se;2575966]No that board won’t work with the 965 that you want.

The combos are HERE

If you really want the 965 then go with the original combo you were looking at: 965 with M4N68T-M V2 for $150 it should be good.[/QUOTE]


#8

Since you are looking at the MC combos I suggest considering this motherboard and CPU bundle for $139. My son got this for Christmas along some DDR1600 memory. Unlocking the other two cores was simple and it overclocked to 4.0 ghz. The computer is a screamer for how little it cost.

I would recommend this memory:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0332937


#9

For what your using you PC for you won’t see any difference with fast memory or more expensive motherboard.

This ram is a good buy: Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC-10666) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit


#10

[QUOTE=eric93se;2576326]For what your using you PC for you won’t see any difference with fast memory or more expensive motherboard.

This ram is a good buy: Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC-10666) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit[/QUOTE]

thanks a bunch. i am going to try to make a trip to microcenter and pick this stuff up this coming weekend.