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June 15, 2011 11:01:53 AM

So, I've decited to upgrade my current rig as of right now i have a core 2 duo and it's starting to not be able to handle games. I have a question though,will my current gfx card work in the new mobo i plan on buying for my upgrade?

This is my current gfx card = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the new mobo i might buy for the 1090T = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also do you guys have any ideas for my upgrade, all i need is a cpu / motherboard / ram

Here is what i have picked out so far.

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

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

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

I'm trying to save some money, so if you know of a mobo that is a little cheaper, but is just as good let me know same goes for the ram. I really want 8gbs of ram though still want it powerful enough for gaming. buget is around 90$ though for ram. I already have a 750watt ps so i don't think i'll need to upgrade that right?

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June 15, 2011 11:21:52 AM

In answer to the graphics question, yes it will fit fine, but it will hold your new system back.

Your PSU is dependant on how old it is and what brand it is. If it's not that old and a decent make like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic or Silverstone, then yeah you'll be fine. If it's a few years old and isn't branded or is a not well known brand then i'd probably get a new PSU too.

As for what you picked out, they're good. Try looking for combo deals on Newegg though to try and save you some cash.
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June 15, 2011 11:35:00 AM

Also you should know that the 1090T wont play games any better than the 955/ 965 as the current games dont take much advantage of more than 4 Cores,...
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June 15, 2011 11:35:11 AM

Griffolion said:
In answer to the graphics question, yes it will fit fine, but it will hold your new system back.

Your PSU is dependant on how old it is and what brand it is. If it's not that old and a decent make like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic or Silverstone, then yeah you'll be fine. If it's a few years old and isn't branded or is a not well known brand then i'd probably get a new PSU too.

As for what you picked out, they're good. Try looking for combo deals on Newegg though to try and save you some cash.


Thank you for the reply and my bad it isn't 750 watts, it's 600 watts. It's a rosewill RP600V2-S-SL Performance series. It is pretty old, it was bought like 2 years ago.
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June 15, 2011 11:42:05 AM

gkay09 said:
Also you should know that the 1090T wont play games any better than the 955/ 965 as the current games dont take much advantage of more than 4 Cores,...



Do you recommend a cpu than that is around the same price range for gaming? I just want to be able to play games with out low frame rates and freezing.
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June 15, 2011 12:00:18 PM

I would get a Quad Core Sandy Bridge CPU for gaming. I recommend this one

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same as 2500 but sightly underclocked

and a good H67 Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 15, 2011 12:21:22 PM

How much better are we talking here with the i5? I really like amd after moving to an amd gfx card and would enjoy the 6 cores for video encoding. Would i really notice it that much more?
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June 15, 2011 10:51:54 PM

How much can you oc the i5? I seen on the comments on newegg that it's limited to 3.9ghz... is that true? If so maybe i should just buy an 965 and overclock that to 4ghz and save some money.
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June 15, 2011 11:22:19 PM

ya it cant be oc'd that much because it isnt the "k" model. might want to look into that. it can be REALLY fast.
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June 16, 2011 12:06:45 AM

So the k model is 220$?... Thats's 40$ more, I'm starting to think about just getting the 965 and oc'ing it or am i being slow and the k model isn't really 220$?
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June 16, 2011 2:19:59 AM

if you ask me the k model is worth 220$ since it blows away the x4 oc'd at any speed
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June 16, 2011 4:12:45 AM

^^ If money is tight, then I would suggest you to wait for a month or 2 and stick with your Core2Duo, try overclocking it... New CPUs from AMD are expected in a month or 2, so change your parts then,...
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June 16, 2011 8:01:31 AM

It's already oc'd, but i might just sell my xbox and get the k model as i'd love to see that baby oc'd at like 4.2ghz or should i just wait on the new AMD CPU's anyway to see what they release?
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June 16, 2011 8:28:27 AM

The new AMD processors coming out this month are the Llanos. These are not that brilliant for gaming as they are aimed at the notebook and entry level desktop market. The CPU performance is similar to the AMD Phenom II range and the GPU onboard is equivalent to a 6600 series!

The AMD bulldozers have been delayed due to manufacturing difficulties (AMD is not happy with the clock speeds that they are achieving) and are still approximately 2 months away! Can you afford to wait 2 months??

If not I'd personally recommend the i5 2500 or 2500K. To overclock you will HAVE to buy the P67 or Z68 motherboards. Apparently the Z68 will allow some overclocking on the non - K edition processors too!

Try overclocking the Core 2 Duo a little more ... or if need be upgrade to a Core 2 Quad 2nd hand for the time being?

AND Sell that XBOX ... PC is better anyway!
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June 16, 2011 8:51:37 AM

Do i really need a 200$ mobo, just to oc the 2500k?
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June 16, 2011 8:59:35 AM

^ No, even a sub $150 board can overclock the K versions to 4-4.2GHz easy,...
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June 16, 2011 9:08:27 AM

gkay09 said:
^ No, even a sub $150 board can overclock the K versions to 4-4.2GHz easy,...



What about a 119$ board?
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June 16, 2011 9:21:08 AM

^ Which board are you talking about ??
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June 16, 2011 9:23:13 AM

These 2 Gigabyte boards are pretty good and should allow for 4-4.2GHz without much issues but dont expect very high overclock like say 4.5GHz+ though
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-495^13-128-495-TS%2C13-128-502^13-128-502-TS

Also the main advantage of these boards is that they allow for x8x8 Crossfire/ SLI
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June 16, 2011 11:33:53 AM

Okay, thanks for all the input guys. I'm just gonna go with the 2500k that should last me a few years. It's a shame i don't live by a microcenter so i could get that 2500k for 179$ right now. Oh well...
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