Question Is upgrading MB bad idea if it is too old?

Feb 2, 2021
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gygabyte 970A-D3P

CPU - AMD FX 6300
8gb ram

GPU- AMD radeon R9 270
windows 8


I wanted to try some newer games at better graphics. bottleneck told me it was CPU and motherboard is quite old.
I only have about $400 dllrs on me, so I was wondering what do you guys recommend for CPU and motherboard combo, I'll need ram winth this money too. I can look up compatability myself but I dont know which CPU or motherboard are any good compared to their price. I have a windows 10 key and SSD money in another pile. I will keep the GPU for about 2 months(short on cash). Any recommendations for good CPU motherboard (+ram) combo will be appreciated.

what are biggest downside to upgrade such an old PC??
THAnks
 

Wolfshadw

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With a $400 budget, I'd probably look at this from the Intel side:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor ($235.69 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B460M-A PRO Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($95.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL19 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $400.68
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-02 18:09 EST-0500


or this from the AMD side:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($94.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $368.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-02 18:11 EST-0500


Personally, given the higher cost of the new AMD processors and having to go with a 3rd generation instead of the 5th generation, I'd probably opt for the Intel build.

-Wolf sends
 
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CPU: Intel Core i5-10600 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor ($235.69 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B460M-A PRO Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($95.00 @ Amazon)

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($94.00 @ Amazon)
Personally, given the higher cost of the new AMD processors and having to go with a 3rd generation instead of the 5th generation, I'd probably opt for the Intel build.

-Wolf sends
thx bro its what i was looking for, is there a reason why u picked micro motherboard?? as a newbie isnt using micro board more difficult when installing?
 

Wolfshadw

Titan
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I tend to go with Micro-ATX boards for the usual cost savings. If you're not using the extra expansion slots, why pay for them? As for the installation process, that depends on the size of your PC case. You can install a Micro-ATX motherboard in an full sized case. The smaller the case, the more creative you need to be with cable management.

-Wolf sends
 

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