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First time upgrading custom build, need some advice

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December 16, 2009 6:59:25 PM

Time: Unlimited
Price: Around $ 425 CAD or less ( not including shipping/handling/taxes)
Store of preference:Newegg.ca or Tigerdirect.ca
Overclocking:No (family computer)
Usage in order of time usage: Gaming (Medium to Medium/Heavy) School work (MS Word, PPT etc) Internet Browsing, Some video editing/rendering and Some Blender usage, I don't care if these last two go slow
Current Build:

Motherboard:Ga-Ma770-ds3 (rev 1)
CPU: Amd Phenom 9500 Quad Core running at 2.2ghz
RAM: 3Gb ddr2
Power Supply: Thermaltake Purepower 600 "W0083" PSU (600 watts)
OS: Vista Premium 64bit (Upgrading to Win7 soon)
Graphics card: Nvidia 8600gt
HDD:230gb (7200 rpm)

Upgrading:
Processor- Looking at: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103706
Motherboard; if needed(Most likely)
Combo deal with CPU:ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131406
RAM; if needed(If I upgrade mobo i will go ddr3) : Looking at: OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) ddr3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227495
Graphics card; eventually will upgrade; was looking at 9800 gt for the low price
BFG Tech BFGE98512GTGE GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143186

I know DX11 is out, but I'm not a hardcore gamer and I probably won't play vvery many dx11 games for a while. My two biggest questions are: will this set-up work (nothing being bottlenecked) and will it be upgradeable in the future (does it have a future?)

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December 16, 2009 7:38:32 PM

You want a new motherboard and DDR3 RAM with a new CPU. Why not the Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P for a motherboard?

Is your old hard drive SATA 3GB? If not a new high speed 500GB single platter HDD like the Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12 is $50-$55 and would be strongly recommended.


Upgradeability:
*With a new AM3 motherboard the new 6core AMD CPUs (bulldozer) are supposed to fit in it.

*You have one graphics card slot that can handle a much more powerful graphics card if you decide to swap out the 9800.

* Can get up to 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM if you ever need it. (For now 4GB should be plenty).

* Up to 6 SATA devices (Hard drive, Burners, Blue Ray). 8-12 USB 2.0 ports.

If thats not enough you need a bigger budget. ;) 
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December 16, 2009 7:52:43 PM

Thanks for the quick reply! The MA770 looks like a better choice mainly because its cheaper. I haven't even heard of the 6 core AMD CPU's but it feels good to know I can probably upgrade to one when the time is right. The HDD might be in the near future, because the old one is almost full anyways. Thanks again, canadiano
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