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Help me buy a new motherboard and CPU (For Gaming)

by Thedraque / April 7, 2013 3:24 AM PDT

I need to upgrade my motherboard, CPU, and RAM, there are SO many to choose from i feel lost.

My current system (For GAMING only)

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
Unknown motherboard (2 pci-e slots, 2 DDR2 slots, AM3 socket, built in sound, 4 USB 2.0 slots)
AMD Phenom II Quad Core 2.4 ghz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1gb
Corsair 750w PSU
cd/dvd drive
500 gb hard drive

I am going to buy a new case, thinking about a full tower, and i want a new motherboard, CPU and RAM, keeping my graphics, psu, HD, and dvd drive

My budget is $250-$300 for the motherboard and CPU, i have no preference between Intel or AMD

I dont know much about CPUs as far as which is best, how many cores is optimal etc.


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by Thedraque / April 7, 2013 5:51 AM PDT


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My guess.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2013 11:59 AM PDT
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My guess is since you current machine is leading edge there's not much to upgrade.

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My picks
by bob b / April 8, 2013 1:16 AM PDT
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Mobo.....socket lga 1155. ......atx size......not micro size.
There's a bunch of them so pick one with the features you want.

I doubt you'll go far wrong with that combo.

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