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July 11, 2011 12:49:00 PM

What's up guys,
I recently bought a new graphics card; The Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 and a new Full HD 23" monitor, and since then I've noticed my pc is having trouble with some heavy games. So I was thinking about upgrading my PC with a new motherboard, new DDR3 memory and a new CPU.

My current gear is this:

Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20GHz (overclocked to 2.8Ghz)
2GB DDR2 RAM
Asus P5KPL-AM Motherboard
And of course the Radeon HD 5770

Now, the upgrade i've been thinking about is this:

Asus P8H61-M PRO (B3) For 80 euros (
Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition For 105 euros (
Kingston ValueRAM 8GB KVR1333D3N9K2/8G For 50 euros (

Now here are my questions: Will this gear be able to play upcoming games on high settings (not neccesarily highest) for the next two years, or is there a better upgrade for the same price? (I'm really at the limit of my budget with this upgrade)

Will this gear even work, is the chipset and everything okay with each component?

Also, I'm running 32bit Windows 7, is a 64bit version really neccesary for 8GB RAM?

I hope you guys can help me out with my questions.
Thanks in advance :D 

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July 11, 2011 12:56:15 PM

Here are the prices in dollar, forgot to do that.

Asus P8H61-M PRO (B3) For 80 euros (115 dollar)
Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition For 105 euros (150 dollar)
Kingston ValueRAM 8GB KVR1333D3N9K2/8G For 50 euros (70 dollar)
a b à CPUs
July 11, 2011 12:59:22 PM

your cpu and mobo arent compatible.
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a c 103 à CPUs
July 11, 2011 1:04:29 PM

Yes you need a 1155 CPU with a H61 board and an AM2+/AM3/AM3+ board for a 965BE. The RAM will work in either and you need a 64bit OS to reconsign over 4GB of RAM.
July 11, 2011 1:15:18 PM

Alright, thanks for the replies guys!

I've found a new mobo, the Asrock 760GM-GS3.
Do you guys know if it's any good and if its compatible with the rest of my upgrade?

(I can get it for 50 euros so its even cheaper than the Asus P8H61-M PRO)
a c 103 à CPUs
July 11, 2011 1:23:55 PM

It will work with the 965 but you will need new DDR3 RAM, also getting an AM3+ board will give you a better upgrade path. What site are you looking on? I can recommend something.
July 11, 2011 1:35:35 PM

I'm looking on http://tweakers.net/pricewatch
It's a dutch site but I think you can still make your way through it pretty good.
I hope you can recommend something :D 
a c 103 à CPUs
July 11, 2011 2:16:02 PM

Its not AM3+ and only has a 4X 2nd PCIe slot, so you may as well get 1 half the price.
a b à CPUs
July 11, 2011 2:27:54 PM

simon12 said:
Its not AM3+ and only has a 4X 2nd PCIe slot, so you may as well get 1 half the price.


Hmm youre right, oddly enough it is presented by tweakers as a am3+ board, must pay more attention next time :S
July 11, 2011 2:31:21 PM

Hmm... Why is it not AM3+? Because it does say so in the specs?
Socket: AM3+
Or do I need to look at something else?

(I'm not too worried about the 10 euro's, but the MSI mobo is available at the same shop as the CPU & Memory, the Asrock mobo isn't.)
July 11, 2011 2:47:05 PM

Alright I guess Tweakers had wrong info. It's usually right though...
Anyways I want to thank you guys for helping me out.
My upgrade is going to be:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Kingston ValueRAM 8GB KVR1333D3N9K2/8G
Asrock 970 Extreme4

Everything for 250 euros (350 dollar)

Thanks for everything guys :) 
July 12, 2011 8:21:33 AM

Two more things:

Will I be able to run that upgrade with a 500W PSU from HEDEN?
Where can I find the size of this motherboard, because I'm not sure if it fits in my PC?
a c 103 à CPUs
July 12, 2011 8:27:35 AM

Looks to be an Atx board to me, and your original plate is M-Atx or micro, its smaller basically, you either need to find a M-Atx plate for the new build, or (My vote) add an Atx sized case into the build as well, not sure on the psu and no time to research it, but I would say get a new decent branded one just to be safe
Moto
July 12, 2011 8:50:28 AM

Alright, I found a new ATX sized case, can you please check if its the right size?

http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/280635/ms-tech-ca-0150.h...

Also, should I worry about anything being overheated inside that case? (I'm not planning to overclock anything yet).
As for the PSU, it is brand new, that's why I really hope its enough for the upgrade.
a c 103 à CPUs
July 12, 2011 4:54:47 PM

Looks to be a nice sized case,
yes it will take an Atx or M-Atx mobo so your fine there
5770's dont clear the motherboard so no issues with needing room for clearance there
and is this http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/3671296/art/heden/psxa8... your powersupply?
if not post model number for yours, but its not looking good there
oh and yes, if your having 8Gb of ram, you need a 64bit O/s, noone else answered that one for you
Moto
July 12, 2011 7:35:19 PM

Yes that is indeed my power supply, so it isn't good enough?
That would be lame because I already ordered the upgrade, and I bought the PSU about 2 months ago...
I guess I could buy a new PSU but I pretty much ran out of my budget so I can't spend too much money on it, with about 40-50 euros max.

BTW: thanks for helping me out, I don't have too much knowledge about hardware so you helped me big time.
July 12, 2011 7:46:42 PM

Okay, I found a Corsair Builder CX430 V2 for 40 euros, I guess I could buy that...
But can you tell me, why would this one be better than the HEDEN 500W one because the Corsair is only 430W?
And also, what could happen if my PSU isn't good enough?

Thanks in advance.
a c 103 à CPUs
July 12, 2011 9:51:36 PM

Read jonnyguru's review on the corsair, then google around for bad psu consequences, cant link form mobile sorry but if psu isnt up to it, best is that system just wont work and bsod all the time, worst is that it takes other parts with it when it blows,
There are higher watted units in the builder series, I just found the 430 and it was under budget for your needs
Moto
July 13, 2011 7:26:03 AM

*sigh* I'll just buy the Corsair CX600 and won't worry about my PSU for a long time...
I dont want to purchase another PSU next month so..
Anyways thank you for the help, I'm really happy with what I've ordered.
a c 103 à CPUs
July 13, 2011 11:38:56 AM

No probs man, at least its done then and you can relax hehe
enjoy the build and check the stickies up top of homebuild section for troubleshooting if needed :) 
Moto
a c 103 à CPUs
July 13, 2011 1:48:44 PM

That is not a reason not to get it as it is recommended as the best CPU at its price
July 13, 2011 6:11:13 PM

Hehe, I think he means that I SHOULD spend money on it, since I asked if this is a good gear and since its rated best Gaming CPU for the money in June.

EDIT: Woops, forget what I said... But still the 965 should be better than the 955 right? And since I had just enough money to buy the 965, it was probably the best option for me
a c 103 à CPUs
July 13, 2011 6:39:00 PM

If you are going to overclock at all, the 955be will match and exceed the 965's standard speed, technically they're both the same chip so save money and up the multiplier a touch, viola, same speed for less cash
Moto
July 13, 2011 8:47:11 PM

Well I already bought the 965BE, but anyways, if I overclock the 965, I should be able to get a higher speed than an overclocked 955BE right?
a c 103 à CPUs
July 13, 2011 9:04:43 PM

If youve already bought it, its no biggie
They should clock similarly whatever the starting speed
Moto
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