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July 28, 2014 5:37:04 AM

Hi there,

In my opinion this is the type of topic that anyone who is into computers and is updated likes to answer! hehe

Ok so my current desktop was bought in 2010 and 4 years after I bought it its starting to ask for some upgrades.

Here are the specs:

MotherBoard: Asus P5Q-E
CPU: Intel Dual Core E5300 @4.46Ghz (overclocked from 2.6Ghz)
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5850
RAM: 4 Gb DDR2
POWER: Corsair HX 750w
HDR: 1 Tb

And I am running windows 7 32bit


Well looking at my specs I feel that I really need to change CPU, so I took a look at some CPU's compatible with my MB. Here is the list:

http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=...

From that list those which interest me the most are the "Core 2 Extreme" and "Core 2 Quad" ones.
I feel like I need to go for a Quad-Core and those are the ones compatible with my MB.
But they are a bit expensive, mainly the "Core 2 Extreme" ones...

I want to get some RAM too. 4 Gb is almost nothing nowadays.
DDR3 this time?

Regarding my GPU, when I bought it(2010) all my friends were shocked and it cost me a fortune. Meaning that my opinion is still biased by the beginning...so I need someone to tell me if it is worthed buying a new one or if I can keep mine and play most games maxed out!
Shall I buy a new one? Would a crossfire be handy in this situation?


The goal of this computer is basically gaming. I would like to get something with enough RAM to feel comfortable with any game, CPU and GPU that allow me to max almost anything...but I am not looking for an expensive overkill.
So what shall I buy to improve it?
Can you give me different suggestions for different prices? I would like to spend the minimum possible on this upgrade. But if it has to be, I can go for a few hundreds..
Maybe what would you do if you were in my situation ? :) 

Thanks in advance

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July 28, 2014 5:44:10 AM

Go for the Core 2 Extreme if you will not be changing your motherboard.

I would recommend an 8GB RAM

A CPU Fan, because you overclocked a 2.6 to a 4.46. Which is a big jump, I am not sure if you may have fry your components.
But that's is something you need to consider.


But if you do change your motherboard. A good combination will be an i5-4670K and Radeon R Series GPU.

If you are playing on demanding games like Battlefield. A Radeon R series would be a better choice. Preferably a 270 or 280 or 290 or 270x or 280x or 290x.

But in my opinion, your motherboard needs to be upgraded.
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July 28, 2014 5:45:23 AM

What is your budget for new hardware, because quite honestly you should upgrade your CPU, RAM, and motherboard. The board you are currently using will not support DDR-3 either. For what you would have to spend to get a core 2 quad right now, it's not worth it in my opinion.
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July 28, 2014 6:04:12 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
Go for the Core 2 Extreme if you will not be changing your motherboard.

I would recommend an 8GB RAM

A CPU Fan, because you overclocked a 2.6 to a 4.46. Which is a big jump, I am not sure if you may have fry your components.
But that's is something you need to consider.


But if you do change your motherboard. A good combination will be an i5-4670K and Radeon R Series GPU.

If you are playing on demanding games like Battlefield. A Radeon R series would be a better choice. Preferably a 270 or 280 or 290 or 270x or 280x or 290x.

But in my opinion, your motherboard needs to be upgraded.


sincreator said:
What is your budget for new hardware, because quite honestly you should upgrade your CPU, RAM, and motherboard. The board you are currently using will not support DDR-3 either. For what you would have to spend to get a core 2 quad right now, it's not worth it in my opinion.


Guys, thank you for your fast replies!!
I have to agree with you, investing on a new Mboard and new CPU + RAM would be the right thing to do. Maybe GPU as well..
Now what should I buy?
With a budget of lets say...500 euros (~700 dollars)
Do you think that with 500 euros and keeping my GPU I can get good results?
Suggestions please :) 
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July 28, 2014 6:08:27 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
A CPU Fan, because you overclocked a 2.6 to a 4.46. Which is a big jump, I am not sure if you may have fry your components.


Oh but regarding that don't worry. Temperatures are super stable.
I had precautions when I overclocked. And this model is quite safe when overclocking.
But still, even though it didn't burn anything, it was overclocked during 4 years...and I want to change!
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a c 115 à CPUs
July 28, 2014 2:45:00 PM

The best choice I would suggest is an:

i5-4670K
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Graphics-BX80646I74770-Ge...

R9 Series 270 and above (I chose a 290)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-Radeon-R9-290-Graphics/dp/B...

ASRock Z97
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...


It is a $116 more expensive. However, you can bring it down by changing the graphics card and bring to a lower grade. Maybe a 270 or 280.
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July 28, 2014 8:55:39 PM

Joeteoh99 said:
The best choice I would suggest is an:

i5-4670K
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Graphics-BX80646I74770-Ge...

R9 Series 270 and above (I chose a 290)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-Radeon-R9-290-Graphics/dp/B...

ASRock Z97
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...


It is a $116 more expensive. However, you can bring it down by changing the graphics card and bring to a lower grade. Maybe a 270 or 280.


This is great! I would suggest the 280 though as it is a great card and will currently run every game to date at great settings.
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