im about to get a phenom x2 550BE, i currently have a 7850BE, should i get a new MB for this new CPU
Isn't your Zotac motherboard an AM2+? Phenom II X2 550BE is an AM3 socket...unless I missed something, you actually require
a new motherboard with an AM3 socket to run your new processor.
Since you're on a tight budget, I suggest to save up and when you do get the chance, go for it. So for now, just save up.
I totally agree with Raisethe3 about saving. With Bulldozer chips coming out soon, we will start to see more am3+ boards come into the market and, eventually, some decent prices on them. Right now, they are top-of-the-line chipsets that will drastically drop in price after 8-12 months of being on the market (especially with increased quanitity). But even more importantly, they'll start to drive the other MB pricings down as well---AM3 boards, for instance.
But if you need the new processor, and don't have a motherboard that is compatible with it, you unfortunately must
upgrade your motherboard.
: do you live near a Microcenter? If you do, they have a deal
where, if you buy a Phenom II x2 560 BE, you can get an AM3 motherboard for $10 (or a few other mb options---like this one
for $147.98, which includes the MB and processor---for different, but similar pricing).
This would allow you to run your new AM3 processor and provide you with DDR3 RAM capability while giving you a way to save up for a new, solid quality motherboard in the near future. The motherboards aren't the best around, but they are quite decent for a few months to a year until you could save enough for an upgrade. (I used one of these 'deal' boards for my parents' computer and it runs pretty well even w/ 8GB RAM and a medium-end video card in the pci-e.)Edited by TheScarecrow - 3/13/11 at 3:38am