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Motherboard upgrade question

By daylightdrifter
Jul 20, 2008
  1. Hey all!

    I'm looking to upgrade by motherboard and possibly processor and figured I'd ask some advice from the pros. I've changed a mobo and processor before so I'm going to do it myself.

    Here are my current specs:

    AMD 3800+ X2 Duo processor (I'm hoping to upgrade when I get a new MB)
    2GB DDR2 667ghz PC5300 RAM (I had 3GB but I just took 1G out to put in another PC)
    Asus EN8800GT
    Foxconn MCP61VM2MA-RS2H motherboard
    250GB Hardrive
    Antec 500W Power Supply with PCIe connector

    I don't want a super comp, just something that can play game at a decent speed and do average home office stuff. My reason for upgrading is due to the fact that the current motherboard's PCIex16 is only running at X1 and that's limiting performance for my 8800gt (I noticed the difference by going to my friends house who has almost the same setup as me with a different mobo and company of heroes ran like silk whereas on my system it barely runs on high settings).

    Would it be worth it to upgrade my processor as well? The AMD 4800+ X2 is in my price range, but is it really that much better than my current 3800+ x2?

    Should I grab a Socket AM2+? Or just a Socket AM2 motherboard?

    Thanks in advance guys. These forum are really a godsend.
  2. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    You could go two ways,



    You will need to pair this with a new processor. Core 2 Duo recommended.



    The AMD setup will cost you less and still preform nicely. I would go for AMD setup regarding your current position. The M2N-E has served me well for the last year or so that I've had it so I would recommend that for its price range. Pair it up with a Athlon 64 X2 processor when your ready and you should be good to go.
  3. daylightdrifter

    daylightdrifter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks! I'll check that one out and see if my local comp shop carries it or can order it in.

    Would you recommend upgrading my AMD 3800+ X2 Duo to a AMD 4800+ X2 Duo? Would there be a significant difference to justify the cost and upgrade?

    Thanks again.
  4. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    If you aren't satisfied with the performance after you get the mobo I would recommend that you do get the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+. Good luck ;D
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