Solved Good budget CPU and Mobo?

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May 31, 2014 at 13:03:24
Specs: Windows 7, 2.1Ghz
I'm planning on upgrading my CPU and Motherboard.. Because I currently have an AMD A6-3500 with GTX 550ti and I learned that there's no sense using an APU when I'm using an Nvidia card so I want to change them. At first I only wanted to change the cpu but my Motherboard only supports mostly APUs and old AMD Athlon II x4 cpus.. My current motherboard is a Gigabyte A75M-DS2..

I currently have a 450W PSU. I've heard about the FX series from AMD but I'm not sure how much power they use and what mobo to use. Please give some suggestions, thank you!

I'm tired of a freaking piece of crap pc o.O

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June 2, 2014 at 08:52:50
"I learned that there's no sense using an APU when I'm using an Nvidia card so I want to change them'

Where did you "learn" that? Plenty of people have systems with an APU (both AMD & Intel) but upgrade to a graphics card rather than using the GPU integrated into the APU. And before there were APUs, plenty of people were doing the same thing with motherboards that have integrated graphics.

Question(s): how much RAM do you have & what speed is it? Ideally you should be running DDR3-1866 or at the very least DDR3-1600. Have you considered overclocking your APU rather than replacing the whole sha-bang? Your APU will easily do 3.0GHz+

The FX-series are socket AM3+ CPUs & I believe they will be the last of the stand-alone desktop CPUs from AMD. You might get a little better performance (depending on what you use your system for) but you will have no future CPU upgrade path. You're going to end up spending a wad of money on a new board & CPU, plus you're going to have to go thru the hassle of reinstalling Windows & all your programs again.

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June 2, 2014 at 11:33:39
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If you insist on upgrading the board & CPU, be sure to get a decent board. Specifically one based on a 900-series chipset with SB950 southbridge & 4 memory slots; not one based on the older 700-series with only 2 memory slots. You should be able to find one for about $75.

And a low end FX-series quad-core is about $120, so you'll be looking at $200. And as I stated in my other response, having the correct speed RAM (DDR3-1866) is very important if you want optimal performance.

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June 5, 2014 at 18:09:01
Oh. I was using an AMD A6-3500 which has a dedicated 6530D. And most cpu on the A series can be crossfired. So I just assumed that it's kind of pointless having an Nvidia if I have a 6530 dedicated GPU. I also have 1 stick of 4GB DDR3-1866 and planning to add another 4GB.
I usually use it for games and such. But most games now requires quad-core cpus and I have a tri-core. In the case of overclocking it, I'm currently using the stock cooler and at full load it usually goes 60 Celsius. What is the maximum temp a cpu can handle without damaging it?

I'm tired of a freaking piece of crap pc o.O

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