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Upgrading an Aging Gaming PC

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January 7, 2010 10:28:48 AM

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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January 7, 2010 2:16:09 PM

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.
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January 7, 2010 8:24:49 PM

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.
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January 8, 2010 12:38:34 AM

A bump is permissible?
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January 8, 2010 1:02:48 AM

the psu is crap get an antec,corsair,enermax,ocz power supply instead
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January 8, 2010 2:09:47 AM

Vorpal said:

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.


CM's Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

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 :D ).
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January 8, 2010 1:45:30 PM

Sunbeam Nuuo is acceptable, but the rest of their line is not. Get something else just to be safe. 500W or higher.
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January 8, 2010 7:02:36 PM

How is the Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W PSU?
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January 9, 2010 9:47:44 PM

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?
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January 10, 2010 1:41:15 PM

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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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January 10, 2010 2:53:37 PM

Thanks for the reply, I'm not one to get dead set on any manufacturer, I just noticed they were the same price and I'm trying to weigh all my options. I've finally decided on this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... because of the 60$ off total. I assume it's pretty good?
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January 11, 2010 2:06:10 PM

Not bad for a $65 PSU.
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January 12, 2010 12:17:03 AM

Then it appears my build is finalized, I will enjoy tearing through Mass Effect 2 with it :) . Thanks alot for all the help guys.
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