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#1 9 years ago

Throwing around this "should I get an xbox or ps3" debate in my head is giving me a hernia. So I'll take the easy route and upgrade my computer. That way everyone wins. However seeing as mine is a couple of years old I don't know what the current cpu tech is. I know mine is older, I think it was a 939 socket but I'm an idiot and threw out the box and now can not check. Can the newer motehrboards that use the new CPU's go inside socket 939 tower's? If they can't that means I have to get an entirely new computer and I don't really wanna do that.

Ultimately I need a new motherboard, Cpu and graphics card.

edit: after a little research it appears that the AM2 is the current socket, is that right? and will an AM2 mobo fit inside my case atm?




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#2 9 years ago

Yes. If it's a tower then it will fit all ATX boards and smaller, which your mobo probably will be. So short answer, yes, your tower will fit an AM2 (or AM2+, or AM3) mobo.

Do we get a little more info? Do you have a budget to adhere to, what do you need this stuff for, are you a gamer, or do you primarily do work with multimedia editing or do you just need a box to surf the net and type stuff?

Oh. And why do you want AMD in preference to Intel?




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#3 9 years ago

Only need my computer for gaming, I'm not sure about the budget because I just don't know how expensive the pieces will be for what I need to play. I want to play all source games on its the highest capactiy, (not that difficult) and some just some other games which I get good fps for. Right now I only get 10 fps with source games, I only have an onbord geforce 6100. I'm not strict about having an amd, I've only used them in the past and I like them. The only necessity for a mobo is probably 4 ram sockets, right now my mobo has 2 and they both have two 512's in them.

How much more expensive is getting an am2+ or am3 mobo and is it a wise choice to get one now?




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#4 9 years ago

You could build a good gaming system for $600 or so. But it's a lot easier if you give us a budget to work with.

Some socket 775 motherboard - $100 Processor: Dual core - $150 / Quad core - $200 RAM - $50 PSU - $100 Video card - $200

You'd get something along the lines of:

nForce 750i motherboard E7500 2.93GHz / Q9400 2.66GHz 4GB OCZ Platinum RAM Corsair 650W PSU EVGA GTX 260-216

I prefer an Intel/nVidia system as opposed to an AMD/ATi one, as I have both, similarly speced, and my Intel/nVidia one gives me a lot less hasstle, and is generally snappier with applications.




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#5 9 years ago

Well that sounds reasonable if it's AUD. I guess a good budget for me would be about $600 max.

This is the tower I currently have.

Cooler Master Centurion 534 (RC534SKR2) ATX Mid-Tower Case - Product details and features - DealTime

Will a newer motherboard fit in that correctly?

Forgive me for sounding noob, but I've been out of the hardware scenario for a while? A motherboards CPU socket specific?




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#6 9 years ago

Yes. Right now, there are Intel 775 socket motherboards that will support anything from Pentiums to Core 2 Quads/Etremes. Then there are the 1366 motherboards that support the new Core i7 processors.

AMD boards are either AM2/AM2+ or AM3.

And sorry, I didn't know you wanted AUD. The build I gave you was in USD.




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#7 9 years ago

But what about the case, it is ATX. I don't really know where to go from here.




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#8 9 years ago
But what about the case, it is ATX. I don't really know where to go from here.

How are we supposed to tell? You haven't told us what the case is. But if it's a proper tower, then yes, it will fit ATX boards.

With your budget it would probably be better to get an LGA775 board with a core 2 duo. In this area Intel completely dominates the market in terms of price and value, so its probably a good idea to go with Intel.




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#9 9 years ago
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#10 9 years ago

Well, seeing as it has "ATX Mid-Tower Case" written on the description, I would certainly hope it can hold ATX...