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Major Upgrade Advise Needed.

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March 20, 2011 8:31:34 AM

So I came to the conclusion yesterday that old mobo wont allow me to upgrade to the speeds I want to make enough differance. So I want to see what I can salvage from my old system and build a new one. Here is what I've got to salvage.

CD/DVD RE-Writer.
IDE Hard Drive - I can change this at a later date if needed.
4gb of DDR2 - I'm not sure if I can make use of this, shame to throw it away though.
Graphics card ASUS EAH5400 series This will do for now.

I'm looking at building something that I can upgrade my graphics card and CPU more down the road if needed. I took a quick look on overclockers and came up items below. I can stretch the budget to the £450 mark if it makes sense. I've included memory because I dont think the new MB support ddr2 do they? anyway any issues with the setup or recommend changes would be appreicated. Thanks for looking, this forum has been a great help the last few days. Thank you!



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March 20, 2011 8:35:22 AM

netboom said:
So I came to the conclusion yesterday that old mobo wont allow me to upgrade to the speeds I want to make enough differance. So I want to see what I can salvage from my old system and build a new one. Here is what I've got to salvage.

CD/DVD RE-Writer.
IDE Hard Drive - I can change this at a later date if needed.
4gb of DDR2 - I'm not sure if I can make use of this, shame to throw it away though.
Graphics card ASUS EAH5400 series This will do for now.

I'm looking at building something that I can upgrade my graphics card and CPU more down the road if needed. I took a quick look on overclockers and came up items below. I can stretch the budget to the £450 mark if it makes sense. I've included memory because I dont think the new MB support ddr2 do they? anyway any issues with the setup or recommend changes would be appreicated. Thanks for looking, this forum has been a great help the last few days. Thank you!

http://www.anglerscircle.co.uk/PCSETUP.png

link to the full picture for prices is here
March 20, 2011 3:52:50 PM

are you planning on overclocking it at all? I would advise just getting the 955 rather than the 965 and just bumping the multiplier up 2 notches and you've saved yourself a bit of money.

I have that motherboard, and though the reviews are quite nice, I've run into a few problems. Namely that the LAN is crapping out on me. The mobo won't manage over 225 FSB. With an unlocked multiplier that isn't a big deal, but it's still a limiting factor. The mobo also has voltage/watt issues and shows them higher than the actually are. It's not a bad board for the price, but I'd advise staying away... far away.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

^^ is the board I'm replacing the asrock one with.

If you decide to keep your ddr2 ram you can buy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm googling the asus eah 5400 and seeing no solid results. What graphics card is it exactly?
March 20, 2011 4:09:54 PM

Also, bear in mind that AMD is releasing their AM3+ socket with their new line of CPUs, so the am3 line will be a dead platform and most likely won't be seeing any new CPUs. So you can't upgrade your CPU unless you plan on buying a new motherboard/cpu later on down the road.
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