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July 10, 2010 4:50:49 PM

I am wondering of ways i can customize my current Alienware Aurora R5 cpu, right now It has 4GB RAM which I intend to keep, an Nvidia Geforce 9600gt graphics card which I really want to change, and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ dual core processor which i want to upgrade. I dont want tobuy something to then find out that it will not work with my pc which is why i am asking the community. Help me please!

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a c 105 à CPUs
July 10, 2010 5:04:53 PM

what is your motherboard, power supply, and monitor resolution?
July 10, 2010 7:48:50 PM

i think my motherboard is an intel x58 ictoatx,my monitor resolution is 1280 X 1024 and my power supply is 875 watts
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July 10, 2010 7:51:45 PM

*microatx
a c 105 à CPUs
July 10, 2010 8:35:28 PM

i pretty certain that is not your motherboard otherwise you have an entirely different CPU in there.
a b à CPUs
July 10, 2010 8:41:02 PM

Your motherboard definitely isn't x58.

With your lack of knowledge your better off buying a new premade again.
July 10, 2010 8:51:25 PM

daship said:
Your motherboard definitely isn't x58.

With your lack of knowledge your better off buying a new premade again.

Yes because the rest of us we're born with this knowledge. We've all got to start somewhere.
First you need to do a lot of research into your current system. You wont have an Intel x58 Motherboard with an AMD CUP for starters.
To find out exactly what is in your current PC, you can open her up. This will help you to identify the motherboard and PSU.
To find out the CPU download and run the CPUz tool. This will also help to identify your RAM.
Your Graphics card can be confirmed using the similar GPUz tool. Both available from a quick Google.

Check out the System Builders guides on Toms. There are plenty of guides on just about every aspect of making and upgrading a computer.
July 10, 2010 11:39:57 PM

ct1615 said:
speccy will tell you what hardware you have

http://www.piriform.com/speccy


omg this really worked, right i will tell you all of my computer specs

CPU:AMD Athlon X2 5800+
Motherboard:ASUSTek M3A32-MV Deluxe
RAM:4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 200MHz
Graphics Card:512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600 EVGA
Monitor:D ell 1708FP 1280 X 1024

I dont think the hard or optical drives really matter.

Can you please tell how i can upgade my computer now that I know my motherboard model?
a c 105 à CPUs
July 11, 2010 12:04:14 AM

yeah speccy is a cool little tool. while you are at the site i would get ccleaner also. its pretty useful.

you have a good motherboard, its an AM2+/AM3 so it supports up to the phenom II processors.
http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=KC8yHOfBMCe9SlrP&...

don't know what your budget is but the first thing I would do is upgrade your CPU. For around $70, you can get the Athlon II x435 or 440. Both run cool, OC great and are a good step up from what you currently have. If you want to spend more money you can look into the Phenom II quads (940,955,965) but frankly the athlon II x3 is a very nice budget gaming CPU.

my second upgrade would be the video card. The 9600GT is still a solid for you but for around $100 you can get the ATI 4850 or Nvidia GTS250. Both will run just about any game max @ 1280 x1024. if you want DX11 support, look at the ATI 5750 at around $130. It has similar performance to the other two cards.

a solid 400w PSU can run the GTS250 or ATI 4850. If you can run the 9600GT, you can run the ATI 5750.

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

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b à CPUs
July 11, 2010 1:14:44 AM

OP..ct1615 has it on the head there, couldn't say it better, also a nice project if you have nevr done anything like this before.. I would recommend doing some planning and reading up first though so you know exactly what you need to do to swap out CPU and GPU.

@ct, love speccy, deployed frequently, along with ccleaner and defraggler, nice to see someone else approving it!
July 11, 2010 4:00:30 AM

Paint it Orange. :whistle: 
July 11, 2010 10:39:33 AM

first of all, lol to zoinks, and second, thanks for the suggestions as they will really help towards my pick :D 
July 11, 2010 10:45:36 AM

i don't think an ati radeon 5750 will work because the pci-e on my geforce is 2.0 but the ati has a 2.1
July 11, 2010 10:47:25 AM

in fact i just read that it would work so i think im fine with the 5750 cheers guys :) 
July 11, 2010 11:16:25 AM

ive decided to get the AMD Phenom II hex core processor because it is extremely powerful and a very good price, I also picked it because ct1615 said a phenoms will work. I might look into an even better graphics card option but right now the ATI 5750 soudn really good. Thanks for all the help everyone
July 11, 2010 11:54:16 AM

im buying all my parts from scan because it was reccomended by a friend who i helped build his pc. This is the graphics card i am thinking of getting because it covers my price budget and looks extremely good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea6lRHhkAwo
a c 105 à CPUs
July 11, 2010 12:01:11 PM

actually it looks as if the fastest processor your board supports is the PII x 4 965. With an ATI 5750, the hex core would be over kill.
a c 105 à CPUs
July 11, 2010 12:04:50 PM

its a bit much for your current monitor but if you plan to upgrade to a 1920x1080 monitor it makes a fine card.


you also need a solid 500w PSU.
July 11, 2010 12:09:46 PM

my power supply is over 800w
July 11, 2010 12:52:23 PM

I think it is this number but I could be wrong because nothing will tell me about my computers power supply and i'm only going by the information on the alienware website where my computer was built.
July 11, 2010 2:46:13 PM

all the alienware discussions and customers say that the psu is 875 watts, so what would be the best graphics card for about £150?
July 16, 2010 11:56:36 PM

k thx
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