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Looking to Upgrade - Seeking Advice

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January 18, 2012 11:55:16 PM

Hi,

So I am thinking about upgrading my CPU and RAM on my current system.

CPU I'm considering:AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

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

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series(2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

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


My Current Setup:

Enermax EG475P-VE 470W power supply
Athlon x2 240 @2.8ghz
ASRock N68C-S UCC
4gb DDR2 1066 Ram (2 sticks)
EVGA GTX560

My concerns are compatibility, total power needed(for my PSU), and whether it even makes sense to upgrade these parts (rather then upgrading the MB etc)
I did some checking on my power consumption online - which shows that I am probably OK with my PSU - it has worked like a champ for the past 7-8 years. Which brings in the question of aging. I am not sure what to expect given the age of my PSU.

Thanks for any and all help!

-Bill

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January 19, 2012 12:09:35 AM

that board can only use the 95watt version of the 1055t on that board, and the 95watt version is pretty much non existent, the best you can get for that board is the 960t, but personally i would go with the athlon x4 645
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January 19, 2012 12:21:41 AM

get the 960t.
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January 19, 2012 12:32:35 AM

Ahhh.. I didn't look into the detailed specs on the board website. Stupid me.

Now things are a bit dicier -

"*If you use AM3 / AM2+ CPU on AM2 chipset motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200 MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s), but the CPU frequency will not be influenced."

from http://asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=N68C-S%20UCC&ca...

Now I am just confused as to what is on my MB - and whether a new processor will even help speed up the system. They state with an AM3 chip I can use DDR3 1600, but also that will cause my system bus speed to drop by more than half???

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I am attempting to put the best processor I can into the MB - so if the 960T is the best one, what is the benefit of the 645?

Thanks for your input!

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January 19, 2012 12:36:08 AM

the slower ht link won't be too much of a problem and you'd still feel an upgrade.

your ram would run be as high as your mb supports which is 1600 ddr3.

the advantage of the 645 is that its cheaper.
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January 19, 2012 12:41:29 AM

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January 19, 2012 12:46:33 AM

esrever said:
the slower ht link won't be too much of a problem and you'd still feel an upgrade.

your ram would run be as high as your mb supports which is 1600 ddr3.

the advantage of the 645 is that its cheaper.



Thank you for clarification!

2 more things:

That RAM should be ok?

I have just dug further on my video card and found out this

"Requirements
Minimum of a 450 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amps.)"


Is that a total of 24 amps on 12V1 and 12V2 rails, or 24 amps on the 12V1 rail?
Currently I'm at 16A and 15A respectively.

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January 19, 2012 12:55:10 AM

thats 24 amps total across all rails.
and yes the ram should be fine.
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January 19, 2012 1:23:40 AM

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