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February 10, 2010 1:52:54 AM

hi every one im looking into upgrading motherboard and CPU i was looking in to the i5 or i7s but im not sure what would be a decent combo since im looking into spending about 500 bucks for the 2 any recommendations for that price range is greatly appreciated. i just dont know were to begin on the search options.

Thanx in advance every one

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February 10, 2010 2:15:12 AM

Well you might now be able to upgrade, your ability of this depends on your RAM, power supply, video card...etc
So to start off, give me full specs of all components in your computer, your OS. Also tell me what do you do with your computer and what applications you run, aswell as expectations for those applications being run, BE VERY SPECIFIC.
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February 10, 2010 2:44:56 AM

Sorry i completely for got to mention the other stuff i currently am running a gigabyte ep45-ud3p
775 board with a q9550 cpu
graphics card is a evga 285 gtx,
4 gigs of DDR2
power supply is antec 850 W
Running windows7
only reason for the upgrade is cause my bro is willing to take the board ram and the cpu off my hands if possible i was thinking of using some of the rest of my components power supply ect.
thanks again
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February 10, 2010 2:48:12 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Well, you can keep with the GPU (for now) and the PSU. If you change mobo and CPU you need DDR3 ram, so, you need at least $650 to upgrade your PC
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February 10, 2010 3:08:16 AM

for 650 what cpu should i look into or mobo thanks for response plans are to use the comp for gaming crysis, mw2, BC2, first person shooters mainly
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February 10, 2010 4:27:02 AM

saint19 said:
Well, with an Intel configuration you can get this:

1- CPU: i5-750 $199.99

2- Mobo: ASUS Maximus III $194.99

3- RAM: G.Skill 2x2GB $139,99

Total: $ 589.97

P.D. For a i7, you need at least $800


With an AMD configuration, you can get this:

1- CPU: Phenom II X4 955 $159.99

2- Mobo: ASUS Crosshair III $199.99

3- RAM: G.Skill 2x2GB $139,99

Total: $499.98

Cheers!


thanks for the Ideas i will be looking into the i5 specs see the the benifits between the intel i5 750 and the amd phenom2 x4 955 i might just end up with the first set off specs you gave me thanks for the imput :pt1cable: 
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February 10, 2010 11:43:29 AM

mainstream said:
thanks for the Ideas i will be looking into the i5 specs see the the benifits between the intel i5 750 and the amd phenom2 x4 955 i might just end up with the first set off specs you gave me thanks for the imput :pt1cable: 


Hi again, you can read THIS article, is the comparation of the Phenom II X4, C2Q, i5 and i7.

The only difference between the X4 955 and X4 965 are 200MHz, but for the price of the X4 965 isn't a good deal.
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February 10, 2010 1:32:32 PM

He might be able to push out a couple extra bucks for an i7 but i really don't think he needs it for gaming.
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