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January 30, 2011 3:41:09 AM

Hello, I am looking to upgrade my old system somewhat and I needed some advice on a few parts in particular. First I am running a new "MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card"

I bought that card to improve my gaming rig but it did not do enough and I realized I needed at least a new mobo, CPU and ram to get the most of out it. Anyways I have been looking at this Mobo (but i am open to suggestions) and would like a suggestion on the CPU and maybe some good 3gb or 4gb ram.

EVGA P55 LE 123-LF-E653-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

I am not 100% committed to intel but I did just buy that graphics and I would like to get the most out of it that I can. Thanks for any help that you can give.

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January 30, 2011 4:02:53 AM

1156 has been replaced by 1155. Would suggest a $475 upgrade:

MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro w/ Intel Core i5-2500K

RAM - No reason to save slots for future upgrades if ya got 8 GB, so get 2 sets of the less expensive 2 GB modules.
RAM - $80 - 2 x (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9

If ya wanna save the two slots, ya can get 2 x 4GB sets for about $110

If ya wanna add a 2nd GFX card, among the lower cost alternatives, you'll need a 650 watt Antec TP-650 or a Corsair TX-750 according to nVidia.
January 30, 2011 4:19:58 AM

ok! if you are going to build an amd rig here are the specs...
amd phenom iix4 955 be

asrock 870 extreme 3 motherboard.

you are going to need a good psu too!!

and as for the ram get a 4gb gskill ripjaws series

if you are upgrading using intel...
i5 2500k sandy bridge

ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67

thats abot it... but the intel upgrade is going to cost you more!!
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January 30, 2011 2:41:03 PM

Thank you both for the responses and suggestions. I have a couple of questions about the builds. First, will I be getting the most out of my Nvidia 460 GTX with an AMD build? I had heard that you get more from Nvidia with intel whereas AMD/ATI go together.

My second question is what makes p67 mobos better than p55? Does it just support a better CPU? Again thanks to you both for the suggestions and any other suggestions would be helpful, i'm looking for a mobo/cpu/ram for 500-600 bucks.
January 30, 2011 6:28:41 PM

I thought of one more question, would a 600w PSU be enough to power the ASrock mobo and sandybridge CPU along with my 460 GTX or should I invest in a higher watt PSU?
January 31, 2011 12:39:49 PM

1.There is no difference in performance of a graphics card based on the vendor of the CPU. A faster CPU will mean a faster system, but your graphics card, nVidia or ATi, will not run faster or slower just because your CPU was made by Intel or AMD.

2.this link may be helpful.

3. if you are not sure about power supply needed calculate with this.