Will this gear work together?

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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  1. 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)
  2. your cpu and mobo arent compatible.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. BTW I think you can better look over here: http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/cat/47/moederborden.html
    Its the motherboard section of the site.
  8. This is the cheapest AM3+ I can find it also supports crossfire at 8X http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/285746/asrock-970-extreme4.html#tab:prices
  9. http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/256715/msi-870a-g54.html#tab:info
    This one is allmost 10 euro's cheaper and should do what you need
  10. Its not AM3+ and only has a 4X 2nd PCIe slot, so you may as well get 1 half the price.
  11. 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
  12. 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.)
  13. 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 :)
  14. 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?
  15. 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
  16. 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.html#tab:info

    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.
  17. 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/psxa870p22-500w-pc-power.html#pix-review 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
  18. 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.
  19. From what I see of that psu, I would'nt trust it as a paperweight,
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/7586157/art/corsair/cx430-power-supply-430-w.html is about 40 euro's but if you shop around you may get it a touch cheaper
    I hope this helps
    Moto
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. *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.
  23. 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
  24. I would go into detail about why spend the money on that AMD processor. But just take it from Toms Best Gaming CPU for the money June Article

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,2971-3.html

    Better Value for gaming.
  25. That is not a reason not to get it as it is recommended as the best CPU at its price
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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?
  29. If youve already bought it, its no biggie
    They should clock similarly whatever the starting speed
    Moto
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