System upgrade question

I am looking to upgrade my system from a Pentium 4 to a dual core with a new case and ps, and am wondering if this configuration is ok, especially the MB, CPU combo, I am not a gamer and do not need overclocking.
Thank you for your opinions and recommendations.

Jerry Dean_Tucson, AZ. USA


CPU_

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core

RAM_

Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model 4 GB PC2 6400 800

MB_

Intel BOXDG965WHMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX

Case_

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKA1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Real Power Pro 550W PS

HDD_Existing

WD SATA 200GB

Video_Existing

ASUS GeForce 8500 GT 512mb

External drive_Existing

USB 80 GB
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  1. Get a board with the newer p35 chipset if you want the Intel brand. The p45 chipset is out, but Intel hasn't distributed it yet to venders. I would get an Asus or Msi p45 board for about the same money as Intel. The 965 chipset won't work with the wolfdale cpu.
  2. o1die said:
    Get a board with the newer p35 chipset if you want the Intel brand. The p45 chipset is out, but Intel hasn't distributed it yet to venders. I would get an Asus or Msi p45 board for about the same money as Intel. The 965 chipset won't work with the wolfdale cpu.

    Current oc record holder:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138118
  3. dagger said:
    Current oc record holder:


    He doesn't want to OC...

    And is that memory 4 1GB sticks? If so, don't bother with that - get 2x2GB sticks of PC2 6400. Oh, and a P35 or P45 board (P45 would be better).
  4. Everything you listed would work good together.
    If you want to look at some alternatives that might save some money and still perform very well for you:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=Property&N=2010090007&StoreType=7&CompareItemList=N82E16811129035%2cN82E16813128078%2cN82E16819115052%2cN82E16820146565

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz $130
    Crucial Ballistix 2GB RAM (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $55 (plus $20 rebate)
    GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA G31 Micro ATX motherboard $60
    New Solution NSK3480 MicroATX Mid Tower Case & 380W Power Supply $90

    The CM RC-690 case and 550W power supply are much more than you probably need considering that video card you plan to carry over.
    A smaller case and 380W power supply should get the job done and save you $60
  5. Which Asus P5Q would you recomend, they have several flavors?
  6. I could use my existing Inwin case but probably could use a better PS. I think I want a new case anyway, I liked the ports on the top of the CM 390. I would rather have a mid tower atx, I don't care for mico atx. I really screwed up with the video card, my old ati quit and I need one fast, bought it locally and paid too much for it, of course then I got the bug to build a new system, my current one is 3 1/2 years old.
  7. I don't know what you are planning to do with your computer but you would probably get a lot better bang for your buck with an e7200 or an AMD AM2+ platform. Big leap over P4 any way you look at it.

    Depending upon the age of your system it is always good to replace the PSU when upgrading the CPU/mobo so it's a good move with your upgrade.

    I don't know if it floats your boat but with code EMCAGCECD for $100 you can have this at your door:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129037&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL062408&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL062408-_-ComputerCases-_-L2D-_-11129037
  8. My main interests are web design and digital photography with digital photo editing.

    Programs like Adobe Lightroom, and Microsoft Web Developer Express are my most frequently used programs art this time.
  9. I have now revised my system to this:

    Asus P5Q Pro
    Intel E7200 CPU
    Corsair DDR2 800 PC6400 2x2GB

    Still undecided on the case/PSU

    Any recommendation on replacing the stock cpu cooler, after reading the reviews of the E7200 tis is the biggest negative.
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