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Upgrading Mobo/CPU/RAM

Last response: in Systems
November 20, 2011 11:24:21 PM

Hi, new here. Really, really hope this is the right forum!

So, I was debating building a new PC from the ground up this holiday, but it's quite frankly, too expensive. That and I've never built one more.

I've upgraded the PSU and GPU in my original prebuilt PC however, and now, I'm hoping to upgrade the Mobo, and as a result, CPU and RAM.

Currently, My hardware is as follows:

( 4 PCI Slots )
Socket: 775 LGA

CPU: Dual Core E8400 3.0ghz
FSB: 1337.8MHz

RAM: 2G x 2 Kingston

PSU: Corsair 650w

GPU: GeForce 460 GTX 1GB

Storage Device: Hitachi HDP725050GLA360
7200 RPM

And I was hoping to upgrade as follows:


If you can't tell, I'm a little new to all of this, so sorry.

Anyway, those are the upgrades I want. I just want to know - will they play nice with the rest of my PC hardware? Can my PSU handle them? Should I stick with the stock cooler on my CPU if I don't plan on Overclocking anything? Can anyone suggest a good guide for how to handle the physical installation process, and anything I may need to do before that?

Thanks in advance for any help. Again, I'm still pretty novice at all of this and I'm not sure where the best place to look for info is, so sorry if this all sounds pretty stupid.

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November 21, 2011 1:16:29 AM

I would not choose that RAM . Sandy bridge processors need 1.5 volt [or less] RAM
Those might run at 1.5 but will they run at the advertised timings?

The stock cooler is fine

Your psu also fine

The only other thing worth mentioning is that you will have to reinstall windows and the copy you have shouldnt work if its OEM
a b B Homebuilt system
November 21, 2011 1:17:46 AM

1. It's compatible, everything will work fine
2. The PSU is more than enough, you might even be able to add another 460 without going over the 650W limit.
3. That CPU cannot overclock, it doesn't have an unlocked processor, if you want to overclock, then go with the i5 2500k:
You will be able to overclock the CPU to around ~3.7ghz, maybe a little more with the stock cooler and have it run stable
4. this is a good guide (made by newegg):
5. If you want to Overclock with the i5, you can go with the Cooler Master Hyper EVO, which will only set you back another 30-35 bucks or so
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November 21, 2011 1:50:12 AM

Thanks for the info so far guys! I don't plan on overclocking, no. I didn't know that RAM would be incompatible with that CPU. What should I look for when looking for RAM?

Also, I'm gonna need to buy Windows Retail huh? I'm pretty sure the copy that came with my computer was OEM. Vista 64, to be exact.

Should I need to worry about my hard-drive at all? Is Windows the only thing I'll need to reinstall?
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
a c 86 à CPUs
November 21, 2011 2:05:26 AM

1333 or 1600 MHz and 1.5 volt or less for the RAM .
On Newegg you can filter by price and voltage

The drivers on your current installation of windows wont work with the new mb which is why you have to reinstall from scratch . After thats done you install the motherboard drivers
.....and then everything else .
November 21, 2011 3:46:15 AM

So. It's not just Windows. My graphics card drivers. My pictures, music, videos. My games. I'll need to reinstall everything.

Uhhh....I guess I should probably grab an external hard drive for all my multimedia and slap it on there I guess. Still, gonna suck to have to reinstall all of my games. Ick.