I'm looking to upgrade my old gaming PC. As it stands now, my computer consists of: 2.40 GHz Duo Core processor 8800GTS (640 mb) video card Asus P5B-E motherboard 2 GB DDR2 RAM
What I'm looking at for upgrades: -Asus 5850 ATI videocard -BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard -Intel i5 750 CPU -Sunbeam PSU-COM680-BK-US 680W ATX12V Modular Active PFC Power Supply G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
I have a couple of Questions regarding this upgrade. 1. Are all parts compatible? 2. Could anything be changed/altered to provide benefits without exceeding a ~110 budget(Canadian currency)? 3. How large of an improvement will I see over my old system?
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1. Why wouldn't they?
2. $1100 or $110? Regardless, unless the Sunbeam is a Nuuo, it's a no no. Can't you find a Antec, Corsair, Fortron, FSP, etc.?
3. Day and night away in general desktop and light years away in gaming.
1. Some motherboards don't accept certain RAM and the like I think? 2. I did mean 1100$, sorry about that. 3. Yay.
What is a Nuuo?
I was also wondering if someone could recommend a decent CPU cooler? I'm interested in some conservative overclocking, perhaps to around 3.2 GHz.
More than a decent cpu cooler. You will have no problem overclocking to 3.2, and I say that with utmost certainty as your rig is nearly identical to mine (I also run an i5 on a t5 xe CFX/SLI with ripjaws ).
Sunbeam Nuuo is acceptable, but the rest of their line is not. Get something else just to be safe. 500W or higher.
How is the Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W PSU?
I'm wondering whether I'm better off with a Gigabyte UD3 over the Biostar T5 XE, they're both 150$ so I'm really torn, I understand Gigabyte has a good reputation?
Yep, Earthwatts is one of the better PSUs.
You mean this one? It doesn't do SLI, but it can do USB 3, SATA 6 & CF. The Biostar would be a better board, IMO, cuz you could jump ship to nvidia next year and sli w/o upgrading the mobo. Unless you're dead set on ATI.