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Mild CPU + mainboard upgrade

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#1 Supernaut88


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Posted 09 July 2012 - 04:14 AM

I'm adding this question post to get advice without members having to read my long winded computer death story.

I'm looking to do a mild upgrade for an older computer that is sometimes used for gaming. Games that are a few years old. I need to replace a burnt out CPU and mother board and hopefully do so for about $300 give or take. I'm not too sure what I should look for as far as main board features and such. I'll be using a Geforce 9600 graphics card and am not worried about internal graphic ability.
Any advice, or specific hardware reccommendations?

Edited by hamluis, 09 July 2012 - 09:48 AM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to System Building/Upgrading - Hamluis.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:22 PM

Do you have any prefer brand

When you look for a gaming system the best motherboard form factor is ATX that is because of the heat displacement and the location of the slots.

I have a AMD system with

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard -85.99
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX -139.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B -54.99

Grand Total 279.97 without tax and shipping

That is the setup I have its mid-range but its set up to allow future upgrades. When you replace the motherboard often times you need to replace the ram with newer technology. The memory is optional but is compatible with the motherboard.

Edited by coxchris, 09 July 2012 - 01:34 PM.

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