MB + CPU Upgrade recommendation ($200 - 250)

By caelaran
Jul 22, 2008
  1. Need MB + CPU Upgrade recommendation ($200 - 250)

    Looking to do a MB and CPU upgrade for my system with a $200 - $250 budget, and was wondering what suggestions anyone had.

    As a reference, I have been looking at the items suggested in an article from Tom's Hardware, they recommend the Intel E2160 CPU With a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L MB due to the ability to overclock the CPU to a significant degree.

    What are the thoughts on that MB + CPU?

    I am trying to gear my system for more graphics-intensive MMOs such as Age of Conan and Warhammer Online.

    Here are the other components in my system:
    350GB SATA HD
    SATA DVD Burner
    Nvidia 8800GT
    2 GB RAM
    Vista x64
    550W Power Supply

    Thanks in advance!

    EDIT: After reviewing Newegg, it seems the above Mobo has been replaced functionaly with the follwing:
    ASRock P45R2000-WiFi LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    The AsRock is not comparable to the Gigabyte.
  3. caelaran

    caelaran TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Anyone else able to help with hardware recommendations please?
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I'd recommend this mobo and this CPU instead.
  5. caelaran

    caelaran TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'll look at those, thanks!

    What are the main benefits of those over the ones I indicated?
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Much better performance for the same price and quality.
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