Yep, it seems that way, Scissor. The best CPU your mobo supports are the Phenom IIs but they're all discontinued. All the old stock was cleared out last year. I built my PC last year and got lucky with the timing.
If you want we can help you pick out a mobo/cpu combo including Windows that can be within your budget. I looked at your spec sheet and your AM3 mobo can run PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066) OR PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) RAM. That should mean that whatever new mobo you get, should be able to use your old RAM.
If you have a Microcenter nearby, they have nice mobo/cpu deals for both AMD and Intel.
I don't live near any
decent electronic stores; small town USA here! Anyway, yeah, hopefully whatever mobo I get will support the RAM that is in my current PC.
I would very much like a build recommendation from you guys, what LatiosXT
linked earlier will be over my $300 budget including W7. BUT, I don't want to get a sub-par CPU where I'll have to upgrade it again in 6months. Is now a good time to buy CPUs? Or is there a new line coming out shortly that will reduce the prices on current stock?
*EDIT: I guess, I could buy W7 next week or so and just spend the full $300 on a CPU/Mainboard this week.
With the games I listed earlier, could I get a few other recommendations for CPU/Mobo, unless what LatiosXT
linked is the best-of-the-best for that price range?!
I don't have any use for two PCI-e slots, or need more than 2 slots for RAM, so hopefully I can get a cheap'ish board and spend like $200 on the CPU.