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Upgrade on a budget - help please!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by PCNovice_, Dec 13, 2011.

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    Hi all,
    My PC is now 5 years old (and not top of the range when I bought it) and I am looking to make some cheap upgrades to improve the speed/capability when running HD movies and some gaming (Civ 5, Football Man 2012 etc). I'm primarily thinking CPU and as a necessity of that the motherboard.

    Overview of current PC:
    P4 processor, RC415 motherboard, 2gb Ram, NVidia GEForce GT430 GPU, Vista 32 bit, Internal 140GB & external 1TB hard drives.

    Looking around the internet at prices and benchmarking a good value/performance ratio option (based on my limited knowledge of PC hardware) would possibly be:

    AMD Athlon II X4 631 Quad Core - 2.6 GHz - £55 and
    ASROCK M3N78D - Socket AM3 - Chipset 720D - ATX - £40

    Can anyone advise me:
    1) If this indeed would be a good improvment (on current system)
    2) A good option (compared to other CPU's etc)
    3) Any compbatability issues I may have not anticipated.

    Many thanks in advance
     
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