Originally Posted by Atreyu5050
Don't think this board will take a dual core. How do I find out? Also, (Prepare for more noob questions...) can you recommend a mobo or CPU upgrade? At some point, I feel like building a machine approaches the cost of buying a prebuilt and adding RAM and a GFX card (which is how I ended up with my current rig). Is this not always the case? And if I did start from scratch/upgrade everything, isn't the OS and software bundle pretty outrageously expensive?
k... thassit for now. ty in advance.
There's no "noob" questions. It's only "noob" if you DON'T ask, so you don't learn.
A mobo and CPU upgrade would fully depend on your budget. You can get a cheap AM3 board for around $40, an Athlon II x2 for $50, and 2GB of generic DDR3 for around $18. That's roughly $100 upgrade. If you have a higher budget, better parts can be included, such as a higher end board, or 4GB of some good RAM.
Building a machine only costs as much as your budget allows. If you're looking at say a $500 pre-built, you could build a SERIOUSLY awesome mid range gaming machine for $500 that would wipe the floor with the prebuilt. If you're looking at the $200 pre-builts at Wal Mart...they're throw away garbage, and no that usually can't be beaten, but they break in a year.
The only software you'd really NEED is Windows. You can buy an OEM copy for $100 or so new. If you're a student, there's usually great deals for around $30 or so. You could also TRY just reinstalling with your current license....however that is against Microsoft's EULA.