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Old 07-30-2010, 01:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First upgrade, what's compatible?

Alright, probably about 4 years ago now I built my first computer with great success. Since then I haven't really kept up with what's what, but I do know I need to go with a multi-core processor and an upgrade to my mobo and ram for compatibility. Here's my current hardware specs:

motherboard - ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe ATX AMD (socket 939)
cpu - AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.4Ghz
ram - OCZ Perforcmance 2GB (2x1GB) 184-pin DDR SDRAM
video card - Galaxy 9600GT
hard drive - Western Digital Caviar RE 160GB Sata 3gb
cpu cooler - Rosewill RCX-Z940-SL 92mm 2 Ball

Now, I believe my bottleneck right now is my processor, but I want to make sure in upgrading my processor, mobo, and ram, they will be compatible with the rest of my current hardware as I don't have the money right now to build a completely new comp. I was looking at these three upgrades here:

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor

along with:

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

and:

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Since I'm new here, I didn't link any of these to the site I shop from cause I'm not sure if it was allowed on the boards, but if it would help just let me know. From what I can tell, everything here seems it would be compatible, but I would appreciate some feedback to make sure. Also, would I need to get a new cpu cooler or is it possible to remove the adhesive and apply it to the new processor? Thanks in advance for anyone who can help me out here.
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Default Re: First upgrade, what's compatible?

Yes it's compatible and should work well together.
You should consider upgrading that video card too though.
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Default Re: First upgrade, what's compatible?

you can link the parts, no worries

but yea those parts would be compatible, and yes you can reuse your cooler.

edit: ah didn't see the post above, too much time typing
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Yes it's compatible and should work well together.
You should consider upgrading that video card too though.
Really? I actually just bought that video card a few months ago. I thought of all I'd need to upgrade that would be the last of my concerns. Suppose I can look at that down the road as a future upgrade, but for now I'm about pushing the most I can afford for a bit. Thanks for the feedback.
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Default Re: First upgrade, what's compatible?

well if you're gaming then you'll want to upgrade it too, unless you're playing old games and/or on a small res. you might've bought the card a few months ago but it was released over 2 years ago.
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What's your budget? If you check for combos @ NewEgg you can probably do much better for your money.

1. AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor (Model: ADX630WFGIBOX)
2. GIGABYTE AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: GA-MA74GM-S2)
3. WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory (Model: 3AMD2800-2G2K-R)

$177

1. AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Desktop Processor (Model: HDX550WFGMBOX)
2. ASUS AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: M4A785-M)
3. G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (Model: F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ)
4. Western Digital Caviar Green 800GB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model: WD8000AARS)

$232

1. AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor (Model: HDX945WFGMBO)
2. GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: GA-880GMA-UD2H)
3. OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Model: OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK)
4. Western Digital Caviar Green 750GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Model: WD7500AADS)

$382
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Default Re: First upgrade, what's compatible?

thanks for all the feedback. as far as packages, it doesnt seem like the prices are really much better, plus i went with items that got some of the best feedback at a reasonable price.

one thing i almost forgot, can i stick with the same power supply? i'm assuming so but wanted to make sure the psu's aren't different when you go from single-core to multi-core processors? right now i have a XCLIO Goodpower 500w.
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