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December 27, 2010 9:13:35 AM

I'm about to upgrade my computer and I was wondering if what I want to get will be supportable on my current specs.

These are my current specs:

PSU: 550W

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600


Motherboard: P5N32-SLI-SE-Deluxe

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT

Harddrive: 500GB

and this is what I wish to get:

Motherboard: GA-H67M-UD2H

CPU: either...
Intel Core i5 760 2.8GHz
( / Processors/Intel Core i5/Intel Core i5 760 2.8GHz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) Processor - Retail ?productId=40924)

or... Intel Core i3 540 3.06Ghz
( / Processors/Intel Core i3/Intel Core i3 540 3.06Ghz (Clarkdale) (Socket LGA1156) Processor - Retail ?productId=39241

I'm aware that the i5 is better but if I get that it leaves me with no money so although I want it, I'm not entirely sure yet.

And lastly...

Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 460 AMP 1GB GDDR5 (

what I want to know is will they be okay on my system, or... if there's any thing else I could get thats just as good which will allow me to play games on high settings, (One game is one thats not out till 2012, so need to be open about graphics requirements)
without paying to much, or going to AMD (can't stand AMD)

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December 27, 2010 9:15:18 AM

Mainly I'm worried I need a new PSU, I know about RAM already and that I need to buy DDR3 forgot to mention that.
December 27, 2010 10:38:12 AM

Those processors won't fit in that motherboard, you picked a Sandy Bridge motherboard.

Also, 550 watts is way more than enough for a gtx 460.
What brand is your PSU though?
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December 27, 2010 10:40:45 AM

Wait until you have the money for a PSU that is rate 200-300 watts above what you currently have spec'd out, which would allow a 2nd GTX460 in SLI in the future.
Opt for the i5 quad core if at all possible..

(reminder: newer i5 SandyBridges and socket 1155 mainboards out in a few weeks)
December 27, 2010 12:03:30 PM

whats a Sandy Bridge Motherboard? whats the difference between a normal one?
and my PSU is Hec apparently.... no idea if thats good
and I'll buy one of the 750W PSU's in the future so I can do that =]
on one GTX 460, am I able to have 2 -3 monitors?
December 27, 2010 1:03:21 PM

Sandy Bridge is the codename for the new processor microarchitecture developed by Intel. U can find many articles about it by googling :) 
December 27, 2010 4:35:30 PM

I'm an AMD hater cos all of the ones I've used have never worked sufficently well in my opinion... so yeah, I stay away from them.
and why not Zotac? I can get another manufacturer wouldn't bother me, that one just looks kool :p  hah

and I see whats special about Sandy Bridge?
December 27, 2010 4:49:16 PM

nah I picked that card cos I know its pretty good, but that particular card manufacturor cos it looks kool aha xD
and there isn't any real point just like the look of it, and I don't currently, but once I've gotten it all upgraded going to invest in a nicer case.
and ohhh I see. I don't know to much about hardware... trying to compare my current things and what I may need takes me forever.
December 28, 2010 6:46:58 PM

soo... anyone got any suggestions as to what I can get?
I need something thats got good power... can use 32bit windows..
at least 4gb RAM...
Rather stuck... since noone has actually said what other ones I can get instead
a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2010 7:00:39 PM

sandy bridge will be the new line from Intel to be launched 5 Jan 2011,overall performance has been greatly improved over the current available midrange hardware,i'd say wait till 5 Jan even if you dont buy a sandy bridge CPU the prices on the current i3,i5 and i7 hardware would like drop by a significant margin
December 28, 2010 7:39:41 PM

do you know how much they would cost approximately?
How does everyone know that the Motherboard I had picked is Sandy Bridge anyhow?
I thought it was just the next model up from the basic ix motherboard range.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2010 7:56:34 PM

Theschneid said:
do you know how much they would cost approximately?
How does everyone know that the Motherboard I had picked is Sandy Bridge anyhow?
I thought it was just the next model up from the basic ix motherboard range.

prices are said to be similar to current options but with estimated 20% increase in performance across the board


info on socket LGA1155
December 28, 2010 9:36:03 PM

I checked up on the proccessor... and it supports the 1156 ix chips... soo it shouldn't matter
December 28, 2010 9:36:20 PM

December 28, 2010 9:37:38 PM

and were up to why is Zotac not very good malmetal?
whats a better companies GTX 460 to go for?
December 28, 2010 9:50:29 PM

I was looking at the wrong motherboard aha xD
I'd rather have this one,...
I think its a little bit better as it supports i3 as well
amd I might need to go i3 first the improve on it at a later date
December 28, 2010 10:30:18 PM

aha I want to buy a good one... but I don't want to spend tooo much =[
you not using the GTX460 atm then?
whats the GTS 450 Cyclone like? =]
December 28, 2010 10:38:47 PM

I don't know what good and bad about it...
is it better than the GTX 460?
and I'm gonna go for a board that can use i3 i5 and i7...
and upgrade again in the future once I've got more money...
do you know any sites that sell parts cheaper
than aria and ebuyer?
December 28, 2010 10:49:56 PM

I don't know the difference's between them really..
all I need is a board that can run all three chip types... can use 32bit or is it 64 bit the one that can use more than 4GB RAM? I forget...and that is powerful enough to be able to handle a game that should be coming out in 2012. (So I need to approximate the requirements of a game in the future haha xd)
December 28, 2010 10:53:40 PM

Don't really want to wait.. cos knowing me the money will rapidly disappear xd
could you be so kind as to help me find a website that sells them cheaply?
and would I see a big change in speed and power over what I've got now with just i3?
December 28, 2010 10:58:58 PM

I'm in England.. xd aha
and I only have about........ £250-300
which is about $450-500 I think

and I know it beats it.. but would I see a noticeable change?
December 28, 2010 11:01:11 PM

is that good?
I posted on here before and someone said DDR2 is better..
I was thinking I doubt that.. xd
December 28, 2010 11:09:47 PM

whats the difference between the two boards other than size?
and yeah I am thinking of SLi in the future
and umm... I have the case for the MESH Computers E6600 Elite...
you'll have to have a look for it cos I've only found the case by looking for it
December 28, 2010 11:43:14 PM

yeah thats the one
December 28, 2010 11:55:47 PM

No problem ^^ I shall look for you =]
December 29, 2010 12:12:29 AM

whats the difference between SLI and Cross-Fire? I've forgotten xd
December 29, 2010 12:16:39 AM

ahhh I see xD aha
what does SLI actually do? I know it puts two graphics cards together
but I've never actualy found out what the difference it makes
December 29, 2010 12:26:06 AM

ohhhh I see xD so it makes it like... double its normal power and such then?
and those boards... I don't know whats good and whats not? can you like give me
a list like go..
then 2nd and so on so I can see the difference =]
as I'm not very hot on my computer hardware..
I know RAM and HDD and thats it :p 
and thats only cos its numbers hehe
December 29, 2010 12:35:10 AM

bang for buck? haha you telling me to become a male prostitute? hahaaha
and okays =] thanks =]
I'm guessing processor after motherboard then?
December 29, 2010 12:50:58 AM

The Asrock one doesn't look to bad..
The MSI one looks pretty good too..
in terms of look and what it says
December 29, 2010 1:13:02 AM

hahaha cheeky B**** haha :p 
I inboxed you about the motherboard earlier by the way..
the one you wanted =]
so what processor do you think I should get?
I can't go any higher than about low i5 but that will leave me little money
for the graphics card..
and thats one of the main things I want to change atm
December 29, 2010 2:12:45 AM

aha okays xD
and have fun with your running around :p 
try not to get in to much trouble haha
December 29, 2010 2:20:59 AM

haha xD yeah I bet you get yourself in those situations :p 
December 29, 2010 2:31:37 AM

haha :p  replied to personal message again
and also I doubt I can afford the i5 760..
its £140 so unless I get a surprise amount of money from somewhere
I doubt I will be able to afford it with the other stuff I want
December 29, 2010 3:00:22 AM

hehe lets hope so ^^
I can always sell my grandma :p  joke
I have parts I could sell probably I mean even though its old I have
another desktop drive I can sell and such...
good old DDR memory huh? ;) 
December 29, 2010 3:07:55 AM

and well... out of the two of us you seem to be the expert here :p 
I think I probably should go i3 for now though..
some improvement is better than none improvement..
the only real reason I'm upgrading anyway is for the graphics card..
and if I have an amazing graphics card and old crappy cpu it won't be half
as effective as it could be
December 29, 2010 3:13:41 AM

I don't know how to overclock..
and I know you don't like Palit xD
but I thought 2gb must be an improvement on 1gb..
December 29, 2010 3:21:39 AM

yeah but problem is I want it to be able to handle the game thats coming out in a year and a half..
which is the problem I have... cos I don't know its required specs I'm forced to get best I can so I don't have to upgrade again...
not that I mind really xD
I've found this one for much cheaper than I've seen some...

again its Palit... but hey its still a good graphics card at a much cheaper than normal price
December 29, 2010 3:44:13 AM

aha xD once I have the money I'll super upgrade my computer...
or just make a new one haha
December 29, 2010 6:30:18 AM

haha call me Friedrich if you want =]
and :o  STOP! Thief!!! aha xD

gonna go to this computer shop thats apparently closing down in a couple of days
see if I can't get some bargains... then sell them on ebay ;)  :p 
December 29, 2010 7:50:32 PM

hehe =] going London in a couple of days... check out all the big computer stores..
see if they have any deals going down xD

so what is it I'm getting again... I need clarification xd I forget haha
December 29, 2010 9:07:37 PM

wronggg one.. I mean my things ;)  :p 
December 29, 2010 9:54:26 PM

hahaha xD so in your opinion what do you think I should get i wise and motherboard wise?
I've already settled on getting the GTX 460...
so now we just need to find those two things withing my price range
December 29, 2010 11:05:42 PM

what do you think of this bundle?

Novatech Motherboard Bundle - Intel Core i3 540 - 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz - Intel H55 Motherboard

Processor Intel Core i3 540 Processor
Memory 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz (4Gb)
Motherboard Intel H55 Chipset Motherboard

Price £189.99 inc vat
December 30, 2010 1:47:42 PM

I thought the graphics card was pretty sweet to =]
cheaper than a GFX 470 and better xD :p 
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