So Iv finally pressed the buy button, here is what I have ordered, letme know what you think:

(Ordering all from dabs, cheapest prices I could find online for the CPU, RAM and 5850, plus they have free delivery)

Akasa Black Control Panel for 4 fans - LED display

AMD PHENOM II X4 965 3.4GHZ BLACK SKT AM3 L2/L3 8MB 12 (the new 125w)

XFX ATI Radeon HD 5850 755Mhz 1GB PCI-Express 2.0 HDMI XXX

OCZ Technology 2X2GBKIT REAPER 240PIN PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHZ

I currently have:
5000+ BE overclocked to 3.25ghz, so the above cpu will be replacing this, anyone interested?

HIS XT Turbo IceQ 3870 OC'd edition, so the new graphics card will be replacing this....

The ram will be an addition, as well as the fan controller.

I plan to keep it like this for the life of this computer, so no further upgrades, unless needed (such as if something becomes faulty).

Going from dual to quad: will help with running several virtual machines as part of my MCSA course and ofcourse the other general advantages such as future proofing my comp.

As with all my PC's, I use till no longer needed, then give away or sell at very low price to whomever NEEDS it, such as family, cousin. Dont plan on buying to sell.
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  1. Did you forget the mobo?
  2. Power supply?
  3. yea, the PSU too...and case...
  4. Current setup, which you can find using my profile page....

    AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ (2 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
    4096MB RAM OCZ rated 4-4-4-12 2.2v (but its at 5-5-5-15)
    Hard Drive:
    C: 74GB, D: 500GB, E: 74GB, F: 500GB Total 1.148 Terabyte
    Video Card:
    HIS ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT ICEQ3 512MB GDDR4 (PCI-E) - Retail OC\'d GPU 850MHz - MEM 2380MHz
    750w PC P&C red(crossifre) edition, known as OCZ here in the UK
    22\" Neovo H-W22 V2 Widescreen LCD, 1680x1050, DVI, 2000:1 DCR, 300 cd/m2, 3 ms
    Sound Card:
    Onboard 7.1 (SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio)
    Creative Inspire T7900 7.1 Speaker System Dolby EX DTS ES Directsound Ready
    Saitek Eclipse 11 Gamer
    Razer Lachesis Blue
    Mouse Surface:
    Razer Exact Mat
    Operating System:
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7100) (7100.winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)
    Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP
    Computer Case:
    Akasa Eclipse-62
  5. As long as you're sure that the ASUS board supports your new CPU. Remember, the 125W 965 is a new stepping so you will probably need a more recent BIOS than you would for the 145W version. Anyway you're upgrade loos good. I'm thinking of doing something simular but will probably go with the 955 BE :D. As for the RAM, I say go with some Mushkin instead, but that's just me :D.
  6. Yup, updated bios some time ago, the actuall bios update was released months before 965 BE 140w and 125w, so its kinda weird that its on Asus's site, but guess I will find out when I get the 965 125w.

    As for the memory, I could go for the cheaper option, but so far Iv been happy with this ram and to reduce any chance of having compatibility problems, Iv gone for the exact same make and model.

    Tbh, I hate the wait, although I only just have enough funds for this, Id rather get it over with. I know I will spend many hours overclocking the new cpu to its limits and I'd like to get that done before the new year.
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