|First of all, you you know if you will even use all the cores? When the fabrication plant is running well the wafers may yield all good 4 core chips. Amd may not be able to sell all the 4 cores as 4 cores. In that case they lock them and sell them as whatever they need. As I stated above, it is a crap shoot. If you buy a good board you can always upgrade the CPU at a later date, if you need to. Down the road the 4 core chips will come down in price as newer processors are released. |
The graphics card is more important for gaming than the processor. Ram is also important.
mick suggested you buy a board with 4 RAM slots. The problem with that is that you are basically looking at a full ATX board, which will not have integrated graphics. If you don't card about integrated graphics then get a board with 4 RAM slots.
You are on a tight budget. You can't upgrade a motherboard, only replace it. You can upgrade the processor and can add a dedicated graphics card.
One thing I would advise you to do is to buy a good power supply with enough capacity to run the best graphics card available.
After looking further I found the two below.
$60/50 w-rebate 3 year core unlock
$55 3 year unlocking