Looking to do a major Upgrade


May 12, 2006
AMD Athlon 3600+ AM2 X2
4gb memory
MSI K9n Platinum (non sli)
550w antec psu

looking to do a major upgrade. I will use the same case and psu (will get a better psu if needed)

budget: $400
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit=ADD&ItemList=Combo.160497 $183
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition
ASUS M3A78-T AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB $225 after rebate


SAPPHIRE 100243TXSR Radeon HD 4870 512MB $195

You don't need a new PSU with this upgrade.

If you later want more GPU power you can add a second card in Crossfire. The PSU will still be able to take that, unless you overclock the CPU and add lots of hard drives. That is, the minimum recommendation for HD 4870 Crossfire is 550W, so it should be OK as long as the system is not using lots of power for other reasons.

You may want to do a HDD upgrade later too, depending on what you've got now. Relatively recent disks like the WD6401AALS are very fast compared to disks made 3 years ago, for example.
It depends on what you do most. A quad would definitely beat a dual-core if you do lots of video encoding or play FSX or GTA 4. Sure, if you do those a Q8300 is a great idea.

Add a GA-EP45-UD3R or P5Q Pro or similar (it needs a LGA775 board).

That leaves about $100 in your budget, which you can use for a WD 640GB Caviar Black.

Your 8800GTS would work just fine in those boards too.



May 12, 2006
thank you for your reply, i think im going to go with the


And the MoBO you recommended

And the 4870 Video Card

Might get the HDD later down the road.

Also can you recommend SUPER SUPER QUIET CPU fan, i HATE the amount noise my fan makes right now its a stock AMD fan its so loud!! i dont want to overclock i want something REALLY quiet like whisper quiet. (loud fan at full load is acceptable)
Maybe the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro... There are better coolers (say, Noctua NH-U12P) but they cost a lot more. The Freezer is quiet and does an admirable job as long as you don't overclock too much.


Dec 24, 2008
Better performance/price returns come from the PIIx3 720. It does quite well in games, and gives you another core to help with multitasking. On your budget, it would be a good option also if you want to overclock a little you will get good returns, the Freezer 64 is the same as the 7 pro but for AMD. Even with an overclock it will be quieter than your current cooler.

There are better mobo's, but that one you found is quite good for the price, I would stick with that.

Yes, the Phenom II 940 outperforms the Q8300. Look at these charts. The Q8300 is not there but it's somewhere close to the Q8200 so you get the idea.

That's a very good mobo, no worries.