Re: Mobo upgrade second opinion
Celery, the board he wants can support AM3, the board he currently has won't, and both boards have DDR2 memory! Are you sure you looked up the right ones?
@happy - We're now at the stage where DDR4 is becoming more popular, with this upgrade you'll risk being left behind, and although the AM3 chips (like Phenom II) are supported, I highly doubt any more chips will be released on that chipset, meaning that you'll quickly be behind in technology again.
The Phenom II will be an incredible upgrade over any of the AM2 chips, but I would suggest biting the bullet and going for a modern board with at least DDR3 RAM onboard. Intel in my opinion are the better option at the moment for the price points, so you'd be looking for a Motherboard/CPU/RAM bundle which would bring your PC up to spec!
If you're going the AMD route, you'd probably be better off going for a CPU on the AM3+ socket (and using an external graphics card for games) or a CPU on the FM2+ socket (this chip has integrated graphics processing, better than what's on the motherboard, but not as good as an external card)
Athlon II x4 645 || 1TB 7200rpm HDD || EVGA GTX 650Ti OC || 8GB DDR3 RAM || Windows 7 Home x64
i5 4210M || 500GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD || GeForce 825M || 16GB DDR3 RAM || Windows 10 x64