Long story short my motherboard and CPU fried randomly (i have no idea how it fried. Left it on for a few ours, came back and everything was dead) Anyway, I'm forced to buy a new processor and motherboard, but I have to use my old parts for cost reasons. So here are a few noobish questions.
I plan on getting either AMD's 64 bit 3400+, or the 3500 Socket 939. I big into games and I'm wondering is the 939 socket worth the price for the performance (about 60 bucks more and im on a budget)?
My second questions is what motherboard would you recommend? I have 3 sticks of 512mb, pc2700, 233 or 333 MHz ram and I need to use them. Im having trouble figuring out if my ram will work on any motherboards that support either the 3400bit or the 3500 939 socket.
Thirdly, I'm curious to know if windows xp 64bit is necessary for 64 bit processors or does it simply make the computer more compatible.
Thanks for any advice given. I'm mostly concerned about not having to buy any new ram. Thanks again