Im wanting to buy a new motherboard,cpu ,the problem is Im not sure what to go for between intel quad core 2.6 gb or the phenom II 2.8 gb and the more I read up on these the more confused I get so if someone could please answer these questions it would be much appreciated oh and I have a budget of £230 max.
1)Iis there a big difference between the quad core and the phenom II cpus I mentioned
2)I read somewhere that if I place a phenom II cpu in an am2+ board i will have to flash the bios,ive never done this before so its swaying my decision a little.
3)I also read that if I flash the bios then i will have to firstly use a cpu that is compatible with the mobo to flash it then insert the the phenom II cpu, this is a concern as im using an intel cpu at the moment.
30Is there much difference in performance between the older phenom cpus and the newer phenom II cpu's
Im wanting to use the pc for light gaming as i already have an ps3 and 360 console but would like to be able to play a few games like crysis and use a blu ray rom for playing back movies onto my plasma.I already have a radeon hd 4670 with a hdmi output so the mobo doesnt need a hdmi port on it.
Help would be much appreciated.