Adding new Ram and Motherboard

  Swiftaii 05:19 21 Jul 2013

Hi guys, i think i'm beginning to go crazy. For months now i have been plagued with an insufficient amount of ram (4gb) for media based work. e.g. adobe suite. I am on a short budget, £82 to be exact and am looking to upgrade my ram to something more than 4gb. I've spent about 6 hours researching as much as i can, and it seams my damned motherboard accepts no more than 4gb. I have looked for and wide, and i cannot see a replacement with the same specs (+ extra ram space.) My computer is a centurion cpd1301. The motherboard is an 'A7VMX-K'. The cpu is a crappy 'AMD Phenom II X2 545 (3.0GHz)'. The ram i would like to purchase is 'Crucial BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory Module'.

This needs to stay simple as my brain is beginning to pop with confusion. All i am looking for is the cheapest 'ok' motherboard which allows me to expand my ram to 8gb (16gb in the future), and gives me the option to possibly upgrade the cpu later - although not crucial.

I have tried to match the specifications from my original motherboard on 'newegg', but i get nothing in the search results.

Can anyone help?


  Jollyjohn 09:30 21 Jul 2013

Have you looked at click here Gigabyte boards?

Also do a google search for upgrade bundles - I appreciate many of these come out at more than your budget but it may be worth saving a little more to avoid ending up in a similar situation when you decide to upgrade the CPU.

  Swiftaii 14:01 21 Jul 2013

Jock1e, Yes i am running 64bit with windows 7 home premium which gives me a max allowance of 16gb.

JollyJohn. I had a look at the motherboards but couldn't find any for sale anywhere on the net? The Upgrade bundles are unfortunately a little higher than my allowance atm thanks.

To be honest, i really don't know what the most important things are to look for in a motherboard. I understand that cpu and ram compatibility are crucial. I think i've got the ram covered in terms of specs. But don't know what to look for in terms of cpu support. Pretty much every motherboard i see says nothing about support for 'AMD Phenom II X2 545'.. but occasionally has support for cpu's in the same line like the x6.

I'm lost.. just lost :(

  Jollyjohn 14:17 21 Jul 2013

In order to upgrade your CPU you will need to change socket type so I would not buy another motherboard that supports AM2/AM3 cpu's, unless you can pick one up cheap from eBay.

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