edick said: Can buy just the processor for $120 plus get $20 GC. For those interested, the motherboard only has sata 3gbps ports and usb 2.0. Dito, plus the last two Biostar motheroards that I bought gave me up on me just past one year. No more Biostar boards for me.
i have had great luck with biostar personally, but mine has been running for 5+ years. whenever i shop for a motherboard i pretty much just go to Newegg, search by cheapest, and make sure it has the features i need, and at least 4 eggs (reviews).
on the cpu, i am definitely turned off on AMD products because of their performance and heat. intel has crushed them into oblivion. Perhaps they have something up their sleeve, but they better do it fast before their stock price reaches penny stock levels.
edick said: My biostar has been chugging along just fine. Just hoping to upgrade to newer hardware with my next motherboard(SATA and USB 3.0). Still strongly considering upgrading to this processor though. Are you going to stick a USB 3 adapter into a 3-1/2" drive slot or are you also upgrading the old box?
kshell said: edick said: My biostar has been chugging along just fine. Just hoping to upgrade to newer hardware with my next motherboard(SATA and USB 3.0). Still strongly considering upgrading to this processor though. Are you going to stick a USB 3 adapter into a 3-1/2" drive slot or are you also upgrading the old box? I actually already upgraded via PCI slot to 4 USB 3.0 ports but I would prefer native USB 3.0 capabilities. I will likely wait to make all the upgrades including the case for all at once and make most of my old components into a pure htpc. I'm in no rush I guess.
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