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Upgrading my Pentium 4

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October 18, 2010 12:55:46 AM

I'm looking at upgrading my system. These are my current specs:

Pentium 4 3.06GHz CPU

Intel D101GGC AAD54032-300 Motherboard

Corsair VS1GB400 RAM x2

ATI Radeon HD 4870

WDC WD5000AAKS 500G
WDC WD1600BB 160G Harddrives

Rosewill Destroyer ATX Mid Case

Corsair 850W Power Supply


I'm just replacing the CPU, Mobo, and RAM. This is what I'm looking at getting:

Intel Core I-5 760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

Asus P7P55D-E PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621

Corsair Dominator 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145249

Corsair Hydro H50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010

After doing a bit of research, the I-5 760 seems like it holds up extremely well with modern
games and wouldn't cost me a fortune like any I-7 would. Everybody recommended that mobo
with the processor especially if you were planning on crossfiring, or SLI. Which I may if I can get
another 4780. I trust Corsair as you might be able to tell, so the RAM speaks for itself. And the
H50 seemed like a good heatsink to go with since my case isn't extremely large and the heatsinks
on the board and RAM take up a lot of room.

Thats what I've got so far. If anyone has any recommendations, advice, or if I looked over
anything for the set up, please feel free to say anything.

Thank you

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2010 1:46:28 AM

Looks like a good system. If you plan to upgrade the intel stock cooler, consider the CM Hyper 212+, and you'll need some Arctic Silver 5.

Newegg's price for the CM Hyper 212+ is good, you may want to shop around for the Arctic Silver.
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October 18, 2010 9:47:48 AM

Also, if you'd wait, at 1st quarter 2011 Intel's Sandy Bridge will have prices as low as i5-750/760, while having performance nearing i7. I recalled there's a Tom's article here somewhere that "Sandy Bridge brings big promises".
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2010 10:22:01 AM

While nice, the H50 doesn't cool as well as its $80 price suggests. You may want to consider getting a good air cooler.

You also need to change your ram. 1.8v is to high for Intel systems.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2010 1:52:34 PM

If you are in the urgent need of a new and better system.
Replace the proc, RAM and mobo.
Postpone the GPU later and get from the HD6xxx series. HD4870 can still serve you well untill you get the new HD6xxx.

If you can still wait, postpone averything untill Sandy Bridge, Bulldozer, and HD6xxx are on the market.

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October 28, 2010 12:12:38 AM

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