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Old 01-22-2009, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default What MB and CPU should I get?

The processor in my comp recently went out so I'm interested in upgrading a bit. I have $550 and all I need to get with that is the motherboard, procesor, and windows OS. My question is what should I get that gives me the most bang for my buck and doesn't go over the $550 budget? I play games on this comp, nothing like crysis but stuff like NWN 2 and WOW.
I was thinking of getting

What I have to put in to this comp is
2 x 160gb hard drives
1 x 9600 gt video card
16x multiformat dual-layer DVD±RW
9-in-1 media card reader
500w power supply
10/100Mbps integrated Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)

as far as memory I can get whatever type I need to go with the MB outside of te $550 budget.

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Old 01-22-2009, 04:08 PM   #2
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that mobo and cpu is a little overkill for those games but it will be futurized meaning you wont need to upgrade for a while for ram i would get
if you get 64 bit os which i would

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Old 01-22-2009, 04:14 PM   #3
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I'd go with the Phenom 9850 or 9950, depending on whether you think the extra 100MHz is worth $20 more, and a 790GX board. The Phenoms are so cheap at the moment that they are definitely worth going for.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:41 PM   #4
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don't get a q6600. If you have $500 spend some more on a better core 2 quad
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:09 AM   #5
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You could get an older phenom like worshipme suggested to lower the price.

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