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400 Euro (!) partial system-upgrade (MB,CPU,RAM)

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a b à CPUs
May 25, 2010 2:05:33 PM

Hey everyone,

my old MB is going down and I guess I have to do at least a partial system-upgrade.
I'm planning on spending 400 Euro max for a CPU, MB and fitting RAM. The rest of the system will be reused.
SO here we go:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possible and before my system completely fries

BUDGET RANGE: ca. 400€ (about 500$ ???), no rebates (there is no such thing here in Germany, as far as I know)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: PSU (450W be quiet! BQT-E5-450W), GPU (MSI R4870-MD1G), monitor (Samsung 2443FW), HDD (1x Samsung HD252KJ, 1x Samsung HD502HJ), keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (Win7 64-bit), probably my old PCI(!)-TVcard, but that is no must have

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I would like to stay in Germany for ordering items, my favourite internet-stores are
Home of Hardware
Winner Computer
MandM Computer
(sorry, no english versions available :-(


PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel-CPU (i3, i5?), Gigabyte was recommended to me as MB-manufacturer



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet PC would be nice, but I guess the included CPU-fan will be fine for the beginning.
I'm not sure about the CPU though, an i3 seems fine but will it be enough for the next 2 to 4 years, e.g. if I'm buying a new GPU?
The mainboard should provide enough opportunities for upgrades in the next 2 to 4 years (better GPU, other CPU, more RAM, other/more HDDs, maybe a blueraydrive).

It's completely okay if you could recommend me the parts through , I will convert the prices into € and will check the items in "my" stores.

Thank you in advance for your help!


a b à CPUs
May 25, 2010 3:22:41 PM

The i3 isn't that good for gaming. I'd avoid them altogether.

Frankly, Intel is a poor choice right now if you're really worried about being able to drop in another CPU. They're moving on to new sockets in the next year, so I wouldn't expect any more CPUs for the LGA1156 socket.

I'd look at a X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3, with some 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. That cost you around 300 Euros (it's about $350).
a b à CPUs
May 25, 2010 3:50:03 PM

Intel Core i5 750+Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3+G.Skill 4GB KIT RipJaws PC3-10667 DDR3-1333 CL7= 394,70 €

I'm not sure about that mobo might be better ones in the same price range.


Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, 890GX Sockel AM3
AMD Phenom II X4 955 (C3) BE
G.Skill 4GB KIT RipJaws PC3-10667 DDR3-1333 CL7

379,70 €