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CPU/Motherboard/Memory Combo I am thinking to buy


I want to upgrade what is now a computer I share with my wife. I want to replace the motherboard, CPU, and I want it to have 8 GB memory, keeping the rest of my existing hardware(Edited data generated by SiSoft Sandra Lite - I tried to cross out what I would not be using anymore after the upgrade)
Mainboard : ASUS M2N-VM DVI
BIOS : AMI (OEM) 0905 12/19/2008
Total Memory : 3.88GB DIMM DDR2

Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ (2C 2.9GHz, 2.9GHz IMC, 2x 512kB L2)
Socket/Slot : AM2/ASB1

Memory Controller : Ralink Tech RT2800 802.11n PCI 200MHz, 4GB DIMM DDR2 800MHz

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2P8002G 2GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2P8002G 2GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)

Video System
Monitor/Panel : Dell Computer DELL E198WFP
 (1600x1200, 19.1")
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a  (PS3.0, VS3.0 425MHz, 128MB 800MHz/1.6GHz, Integrated Graphics)

Storage Devices
Seagate ST3750528AS (750.2GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 699GB (C:)

DVDRW IDE1008 (1.5MB, ATAPI, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : 1MB (D:)

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 2.9  :o


The PC Part Picker site does a pretty good job and alerting me to incompatibilities, but I would like some human feedback as well. So do any of you see any possible red flags or glaring flaws in this 3 item combo at this price point? I see the motherboard supports DDR3-2400 memory but I thought I would save a bit there and go for DDR3-1600.

AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor    $62.99    -$5.00 rebate               
Asus A55BM-K Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard    $53.99             
Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory    $69.99
CPU/Motherboard/Memory Combo I am thinking to buy

The new bulldozer-series architecture used by AMD is not very good. You would not feel that much of an upgrade despite a 1 GHz increase. If you play games though, the new GPU integrated into the CPU is much better than your previous one. If you don't play games, no difference would be felt again.

Check this out for a comparison.

As much as I'd like to see AMD have some glory (and more competition in the cpu market), nowadays I'd go for an Intel I guess. Try to get Intel Pentium G3240, or if  the budget is really really really tight, Pentium G2030. The only thing AMD has over Intel is the better GPU, and you'd need it if you play games. If not, go for Intel.

Ram speed has some limited impact on performance, but it is very sensitive to economies of scale. So DDR3-2400 does not provide a 50% boost over DDR3-1600.

Check this out, and decide what is the sweet spot for you.

Thanks, eleman, since I'm not a gamer, I will switch to an Intel setup, and thanks for the CPU recommendations. Still thinking about what memory to get.


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