Upgrading my CPU and motherboard for $300-$400

By msdstc
Dec 12, 2012
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  1. Got a ton of great assistance when I first put my current setup together, now looking to upgrade given the holidays are coming up. Here is my current Mobo/CPU combo.

    ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3
    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core

    All I'm really looking for is a new CPU, but in order to upgrade I was wondering if I might end up needing a new MOBO. My range is about 300-400 dollars... so is there any way I can get a new setup going with that much money? Maybe just upgrade the cpu? Am I being a little too optimistic? Thanks for any help!
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    What are you using the PC for? Unless your CPU usage is maxing out frequently and you know you need the extra CPU power, I wouldn't really bother. The only thing worth upgrading to is an i7 3770K which will cost quite a bit.

    A cheaper and probably better solution is to get an aftermarket cooler and overclock your CPU (if you haven't done so already), the Phenom II's OC quite well.
  3. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    Its seems to me that a 3570k would still be an upgrade to this cpu in gaming power and more. overclock to around 4.5ghz hard to compete with.
  4. TechGamer

    TechGamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 407   +34



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