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July 17, 2014 4:17:33 PM

Hello noobie here, I'm saving up to upgrade my crap PC and was wondering if all these parts posted below will install on my PC without buying anything extra if not then what do I need exactly? Also I wasn't going to upgrade my Processor, is the one I have now good enough for high or very high once I installled my new graphic card? I currently have
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset
2GB Ram
heres what I plan on getting

Graphic card: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graph...

Power supply: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-80PLUS-Certified-ATX12V-100-...

HardDrive: http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...

Ram: http://www.amazon.com/1600MHz-PC3-12800-Desktop-KHX16C9...

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July 17, 2014 4:32:05 PM

the card will be way more powerful than your chip. it will work but you may not see the full performance. more ram would help i wouldn't be to concerned with the speed 1600 is fine. you should get high to very high settings depending on the game. some games are heavily cpu bound and require more work from the cpu than the gpu. after the gpu upgrade i would get into any quad core I5 that you can or if the budget lets you go for a i7.
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July 17, 2014 4:40:56 PM

AUShollowpoint said:
the card will be way more powerful than your chip. it will work but you may not see the full performance. more ram would help i wouldn't be to concerned with the speed 1600 is fine. you should get high to very high settings depending on the game. some games are heavily cpu bound and require more work from the cpu than the gpu. after the gpu upgrade i would get into any quad core I5 that you can or if the budget lets you go for a i7.


So I would need to upgrade to a new processor? I could't just use the one I have and buy all the parts listed and still play most games on high or higher?
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July 17, 2014 4:50:32 PM

SteveMarley said:
AUShollowpoint said:
the card will be way more powerful than your chip. it will work but you may not see the full performance. more ram would help i wouldn't be to concerned with the speed 1600 is fine. you should get high to very high settings depending on the game. some games are heavily cpu bound and require more work from the cpu than the gpu. after the gpu upgrade i would get into any quad core I5 that you can or if the budget lets you go for a i7.


So I would need to upgrade to a new processor? I could't just use the one I have and buy all the parts listed and still play most games on high or higher?


yes you can keep using the processor. it will work great and depending on what you have now it should be a huge upgrade. but to get the best out of that card you will need to be using a quad core.
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July 17, 2014 4:52:03 PM

You can't use those items on your present Socket 775 and DDR2 RAM System... the Hard Drive or PSU are no problem, but the graphics card may install if your present motherboard has a PCIe slot which may depend on the model... but will probably bottleneck with the Core 2 Duo at the high or very high frame rates you want to use it at.

To use the DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM you need a more recent motherboard; Either a Intel socket 1155 or better yet 1150, or a AMD Socket AM3+ motherboard.

Needless to say, the Core2 duo will not work in a Socket 1155 or 1150 motherboard... you'll need a Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge or 3rd generation Ivy Bridge CPU for socket 1155 or a 4th generation Haswell CPU for socket 1150. Or a AMD FX CPU if you go for a AMD AM3+ motherboard.
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