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GA-EP45-UD3R Upgrade Questions

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September 23, 2011 4:57:53 AM

Currently I plan on upgrading my current system because I cannot afford a new one at the moment and to be honest, my current system works just fine for 90% of the things I use it for and I wanted to do a lot of research first to avoid potential issues down the road. Anyways onto the question.

My current system specs are:

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
Motherboard: GA-EP45-UD3R
Processor: E8400 3.0 GHz
Ram: 4x dual channel Kingston 800 MHz 1GB, cant remember the exact model.
Video: EVGA 9800 GTX+
Power: Corsair 650 watt

I planned on upgrading my memory, os, and video card.

For the OS I planned on getting Windows 7 64bit Home Premium because, well vista is just flat awful and I cannot believe I put up with it for as long as I did.

For the memory I planned on getting:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x2 For 8GB of ram, however not sure if that would be overkill or not with today's applications.

However on the manufacturer website http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... under the memory support list the memory that I planned on buying was not listed. Would I be fine? Or should I just get some memory that is already listed on the manufacturer's site? Or does anyone else have a better suggestion?

For the video card I planned on getting http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... How much of a performance boost would I get over my current 9800 GTX+? Or does anyone else have a better suggestion?


Any tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks!

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September 23, 2011 5:36:13 AM

Welcome.
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1 the gpu is great. it will wipe away ur current card. amd is a great budget card. on my home pc i have a 5770 and its still plays the latest games at mid-high settings. ur psu should b enough.

2 8 gb of ram is overkill. 4 is plenty for the average person. i have 8 in my laptop. rarly do i cross over 4. (once i was pushing 6, i had chrome open w/20+ tabs, ffox w/10+ tabs, MS Visual Studio, and Win Xp + Ubuntu running in VMware on top of my win7 ultimate host. Heck yah, that was awesome. if you can match that, go with 8gb, else go with 4.)
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September 23, 2011 6:27:08 AM

Well I do a lot of multitasking, as in, having 3-4 MS words/excel open, steam, various games, chrome with several tabs etc etc.

Would the ram I listed have any issues with my current motherboard? That's my biggest question to be honest. Everything else I feel pretty comfortable with my selection. Obviously unless someone else has a better suggestion that is :p 


Edit: Thanks for the welcome btw
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September 23, 2011 6:36:03 AM

NP :)  we were all new once.

the ram will work. it has a speed of 800mhz and ur mobo supports 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz FSB (FSB = Ram speed)

good luck, and have fun
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October 3, 2011 6:58:26 PM

I would try these - CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5. You can get them HERE @ Newegg for $52 each 4 GB set and they show up on corsairs memory configurator which means they are GUARANTEED to work with your board. No muss No fuss. And they're about the same price.
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October 3, 2011 8:53:33 PM

Sorry that I didn't update my post, but I already ordered the hardware and installed it. No issues with the hardware yet. I installed Win7, had a few issues with installation with Win7. I had to use a different DVD drive. For some reason Win7 wouldn't install with my main DVD drive but it worked on my DVD burner. I think it had to do something with the read speed of the DVD drive.

Thanks for the help everyone.
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October 3, 2011 8:54:20 PM

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