Best possible upgrade for an WMCP61M AM2 w/Athlon64 X2 5600+

July 1, 2012 at 14:55:29
Specs: Windows 7 32-bit, AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor w90nm Technology / 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (6-6-6-18)
I just recently purchased an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor and placed it into my old "form-factor" pc-motherboard: an eMachines (WMCP61M - Socket AM2). It now runs a lot faster than the original single-core 2650e chip. And not to worry my fellow techies, I also upgraded the power-supply and computer-case to a Thermaltake (Plenty of breathing room now and the chip is running just where it needs to be @ 55 degrees Celsius)

My new power supply is a CoolerMaster "Glite" 460w (Dual +12V1 and +12V2 output / for high-power usage).


I've been looking to upgrade the motherboard but not necessarily the RAM (DDR2 - 4GB) since I just upgraded that not long ago and I recently came across the ASUS Crosshair AM2. I like the 8 phase EL-Capless power design feature of this motherboard, but also wonder if I could do better than that while retaining the DDR2/RAM I already have?

Any suggestions?

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July 1, 2012 at 15:04:59
Newer AM2 boards might be able to support AM2+/AM3.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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July 1, 2012 at 15:25:25
Thanks for the insight. It will add to my mental-storehouse of info in making the best possible decision at some point, though I don't plan to rush things either.

It's obvious that a bit more research on my part would do me well in my pursuit to find the best possible match.

Thank you again.

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July 1, 2012 at 17:13:03
"I just recently purchased an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor"

I hope you got it really cheap. Since you're considering upgrading the board anyway, you probably should have held off getting the CPU & gone with an AM3 or AM3+ system. And don't hold yourself back just because of your old DDR2 RAM. Here's a low budget AM3 build for example:

ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - $25 after rebate

Athlon II X3 450, 3.20GHz, Retail w/ Fan - $70

Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $22

"My new power supply is a CoolerMaster "Glite" 460w"

If you meant "Elite", that is Cooler Master's low end series. You would have been better off getting this Corsair 500W for just $30 (after promo code & rebate):

CORSAIR Builder Series 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $30

Not bad for $147.

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July 1, 2012 at 17:29:08
Here's a cheap gaming card I just spotted at Geeks. It's a slightly older card, Radeon HD 4770 with only 512MB memory, but it's GDDR5 & it's only $38. Much better than the more expensive Nvidia GT 430 HTPC card that some people are so fond of:

ATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express (PCIe) Dual DVI Video Card w/HDCP Support - $38

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July 16, 2012 at 06:15:53
I appreciate you're recommendations for an "AM3" upgrade, but I'm not yet looking to revamp my entire system.

If I can find a better motherboard for the processor I have now, that's essentially what I'm looking for at this point.

The mobo in my computer is a stock "emachines" motherboard, but now that I have an AMD X2 CPU, I know I can do much better than the "WMCP61M" and that's all I'm looking for right now is just a mobo upgrade.

My power supply is sufficient enough for an AM2 mobo upgrade and is not an "Elite" series.

Thanks again for the info.

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