Wanting to Upgrade My Bargain Basement!!!!!!!

Acer / M1202
March 15, 2010 at 16:36:11
Specs: Windows 7
OK here is my issue. I am wanting to upgrade my processor something a bit my ummmm Beastly. I know that i am confined by my cheapo bargain basement rig an Acer Aspire M1202....( I know off to a bad start)...). The board I have found is a Foxcon rs740m0301-8ekres2h, I think, I'm thinking it's an am2 or am2+ unsure. The current processor is an Athlon LE-1640 2.7ghz, I would like to go to a Phenom II x3 or X4, I know they are am3 but i heard they were backwards compatible. If I can't what is my next best option. I have 2gbs ddr2 800 , I was wondering if it is possible to go to maybe 8gbs, even though the posted max is 4gbs (that was the current max at construction and thats all that is all that was tested). Ive seen very similar boards with same specs and chipset (ECS A740gm) that can go to 16gbs (even though there max at construction was 4gbs as well) . I have also up the power supply to a Rocketfish 700-watt, and the video card to Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor X. Any further help on cooling and what not would also be much appreciated.

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#1
March 15, 2010 at 21:38:53
AM3 CPU's are fully backwards compatible with AM2+ sockets and even some AM2 sockets, but the Foxconn motherboard you are looking at isn't. Plus even if it was you would be throwing a big performance hit to the AM3 CPU considering AM2 CPU's are only Hypertransport 2.0 captible while AM2+ and AM3 sockets are Hypertransport 3.0 compatible.

If you are on a budget this AM2+ 780G socket chipset that supports AM3+ CPU's like this one below for example for $56.98 would be the best option.

ECS A780GM-M3 Socket AM2+/AM3 AMD 780G mATX Motherboard w/ ATi Radeon HD3200 DVI-D Video, 5.1ch Audio, and Gigabit Lan

http://www.outletpc.com/po2684.html

You don't need 8gb of ram, unless you run a system in which those programs require a lot of memory usage like 3D Video editing or using your pc as an home server for example. 4gb of ram would be good enough for the vast majority of computing needs right now and for a while to come even with gaming. So if you already have 2gb of ram just go buy another 2gb of ram and you should be set for a while.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#2
March 15, 2010 at 21:49:48
Thx so much for the speedy response Cobra. This question has been racking my brain for days on end. I was hoping not to have to gut the whole thing but oh well. What about cooling, any advice. Oh and once again thx for the help.

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#3
March 15, 2010 at 21:54:24
You shouldn't have to worry about cooling. 1 back case fan would be pretty much all that is needed, unless you are going to do sone really intense overclocking that would require you to get an ultra high performance cpu heatsink/fan.

As for the processor If you want to save money but want good performance go with an Athlon II X4 630 for $99 dollars. Best bang for your buck when it comes to Quad Core and overclocking.

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#4
March 15, 2010 at 22:17:23
Yeah if u upgrade your system as Cobra_R suggest, u will able to play recent & future games. Nice gpu.

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#5
March 16, 2010 at 13:46:57
I was wondering if this mobi would be better to use than the stated above.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

This mobo seems like it would give me more to grow just wondering if it would fit in my case. Thx for all the feedback so far.


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#6
March 16, 2010 at 14:06:36
All you need to do is upgrade the CPU to one that's supported by the board. Unfortunately, that does NOT include the Phenom II or Athlon II. The dual core X2 5600+ Brisbane is only $55:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#7
March 16, 2010 at 17:23:05
Yeah that motherboard is better then the one I mentioned, but it also cost 18 dollars more. Or you can just do what jam said and upgrade to a Athlon 64 X2 5600+ and keep the same motherboard, even though it wont' support Phenom, Phenom II or Athlon II based cpu's.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#8
March 16, 2010 at 21:41:05
Yeah i agree but if u upgrade to am3 board u will have more options later.

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