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October 23, 2012 10:41:36 PM

evening guys,

i have just bought a 460 gtx, and i am about to buy an i3 2100 or 2130.
i assume i should stick with compatibility, as the gpu and cpu are 2.0, so grabbing a mobo that is 2.0 would make sense.
my hdd ata is a sata connector.

these are my current specs:

cpu: intel core 2 duo (2ghz)
gpu: nvidia geforce 9600gt (1gb)
ram: 2gb
mobo: AsRock4coredual-VSTA
hdd: maxtor stm3250820as ata
psu: evo labs
750u (750watts)
+12v (42a)
+5v (40a)
+3.3v (40a)
lcd: @ 1920 x 1080 (60hz)
os: vista 32 service pack 2

hope you can recommend something good :) 
October 24, 2012 3:18:03 AM

Just buy any motherboard which supports ivy bridge Generation of processors. It will cost u about 3.5 to 4k indian Rs. more i.e. ( about usd $ 70). "ASUS P8H77-M/CSM" would be the cheapest and best option at the time. You will become future proof with this mobo and version 3.0(both pcie slots and usb) are backward compatible with version 2.0 so no worries.
October 24, 2012 8:28:10 AM

niranjannj said:
Just buy any motherboard which supports ivy bridge Generation of processors. It will cost u about 3.5 to 4k indian Rs. more i.e. ( about usd $ 70). "ASUS P8H77-M/CSM" would be the cheapest and best option at the time. You will become future proof with this mobo and version 3.0(both pcie slots and usb) are backward compatible with version 2.0 so no worries.

i3 2100 is a sandy bridge processor ,it is a lga 1155 socket design its not ivy bridge
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October 24, 2012 11:44:16 AM

assassin1234 said:
i3 2100 is a sandy bridge processor ,it is a lga 1155 socket design its not ivy bridge


Yes I know its a sandy bridge processor and I have already used one till last week. And whyI suggested him that board the board will support sandy bridge cpus as well as ivy bridge cpus. And about Gpu though this board has PCIE 3 slot, it is backward compatible with Version pcie Ver 2.0 Gpu. And this board will make him future proof as upcoming games will need true Quad Core processors and Core i3 2100 would not be efficient to play them at high standards. so may be he would need only procesor upgrade and not the board.

October 25, 2012 7:26:29 PM



i've got my 460 gtx, i'm just waiting on the 2100 cpu.

so what is the distinction between 2.0 and 3.0 atm?
i will be running a rig with the cpu and mobo at 3.0 while the gpu is 2.0.
i have read around and been informed that this will not have any noticeable affect.
i realize it is future proofing, so if one day i was to upgrade to a gpu that is 3.0, would there be a significant increase in performance?

do i have to reinstall my copy of vista 32. if i do, i read around something about maybe having to reactive it through ms?

i'm guessing that i don't buy all this new stuff then install it, boot up and everything runs as normal!

ah, it's all new to me
October 26, 2012 4:54:10 AM

First of all if u replace the Gpu or even cpu u need not re-install OS unless you change the mother board. So upgrading cpu/gpu wont affect your vista setup. And if you haven't bought the processor yet, pls don't buy core i3 2100/2120(i dont want to criticize them)
but spend lil extra and get at-least core i5 2300 series cpu. That will definitely help you in future. I am telling you this fact bcoz i have used core i3 2100 for almost 1.5 years its it definitely a gr8 processor but man quad core is a really awesome. And about gtx 460, it is one of the best graphics cards when it comes to price/performance ration.

Last thing is when u replace gpu, u just need to uninstall previous gpu drivers and re-install the matching / latest drivers for the new gpu.

October 26, 2012 2:11:17 PM

ah, i see.
i have ordered a mobo so i will be looking at reinstalling the os, then?

how does that affect the hard drive?
i was told be a friend that i would have to re-format the hdd, is that so?

bios flashing:
i hope that i should not have to do this!
October 28, 2012 12:15:14 AM

i don't need to re-format the hdd, so that's ok.

i have to reinstall the os, i know that now.

i need new ram, as i was using ddr2 before. i now need ddr3. apparently i just need to make sure it is:

clock speed: 13333

anything else?

i want to go to pcworld 2moro afternoon and get some 2x 2gb sticks that i saw for £10 each. 'internal' was the brand.
when i get there, they might have corsair anyway, we'll wait and see...
i realize people might say 'be patient' and order some corsair etc, but i just want to get this rig up and running now, it's driving me nuts!
October 29, 2012 5:27:18 AM

1.Don't lose patience and buy anything other than corsair.

2. Yes u will need ram with clock-speed of 1333Mhz and buy the two ram chips of identical features and model, so you can enjoy advantages of dual channel memory profile.

October 30, 2012 1:39:59 AM

ah, i need to ask you about that:

why is a corsair 2gb stick better than, say, a cheap £15 stick from somewhere like pcworld?
i thought ram either works or it doesn't, but i would need to see good solid evidence withe two being compared.

apart from that, everything is up and running now, it's good :) 

although i tried maxing out stalker and it strangled the 2gb ram.
as soon as i stepped out of the bunker and viewed the stalker camp at the beginning, it ground to a halt!
i reduced some sliders very slightly, and that made a big difference.
October 30, 2012 3:50:09 AM

lol actually i wanted to say just buy corsair ram only. In previous post i said otherwise by mistake. Sorry bro i aint a stalker fan.


October 30, 2012 9:45:51 AM

Hey sorry to butt in but im building my own pc soon and i was told to get 1600MHz ram's instead of the 1333 because they are a bit better and not more expensive, do the cpu/mobo/gpu decide wether you need 1333 or 1600 or other ones or is it you choice?
November 1, 2012 1:42:52 PM

damien_95 said:
Hey sorry to butt in but im building my own pc soon and i was told to get 1600MHz ram's instead of the 1333 because they are a bit better and not more expensive, do the cpu/mobo/gpu decide wether you need 1333 or 1600 or other ones or is it you choice?



Cpu and mobo decides about the highest ram frequency they can support. For example my processor supports max memory speeds of 1600 Mhz so buying more speed ram than that will be useless. So best way is to check the processor and motherboard specifications before buying ram.
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