Looking for a new CPU/Mobo upgrade

By 3lephant
Jun 22, 2009
  1. Hello everyone, looking for a new CPU and Motherboard in the $250-$300 range.
    I'm an extensive gamer, but also use my computer for school work.
    I am currently running:
    3.2 gHz Intel Pentium 4 540
    2 Gig DDR2 RAM
    9800GT 1024Mb
    Onboard Sound

    Right now I'm just looking for a few answers. I am running a fast single core processor, would a dual core or quad core processor, which are slower, benefit me in game? Would spending $250-$300 be worth it, or would I need to spend more before I see performance improvements?

    Thank you for your help.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  4. 3lephant

    3lephant Topic Starter

    Okay thanks guys, just wondering a few things. Is it true that I will get a performance increase from running Intel/Nvidia together or ATI/AMD together? Or is that just rubbish? Anyways, those are two excellent options, as of right now I am leaning towards the Intel Setup as it is a bit cheaper and I could use the money for a new PSU. We will see though. Thank you so much.
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    no, that's rumor is exactly what it is, a rumor. I've run mixes of all the above, it doesnt matter much. Which the other chipsets Intel or nvidia will dictate what cards you use if you plan to use more than one in the future as sli or crossfire wont work on all boards.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

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