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Recommended upgrade

first of all, sorry if this is the wrong section


I currently have a q6600 quad core 2.4ghz
motherboard:
P5G41T-MLX3

4 gig kingston memory ram , 1300hz? im not sure...

gts250 1 gig

windows 7 ultimate 32bit

cooler master extreme power plus 500watt

2 small fans on my old casing

1 hard drive 140gig sata

1 dvd drive LG

im not a fan of overclocking.. since I am Afraid to even try it ....

and a 24 inch wide LCD


im thinking of upgrading my
casing (is there a casing that has filters? and easy to remove and replace?)
power supply
graphics card
and processor

what would you recommend to me? any other recommendation will be cool.
Thank you in advance!!!! :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:
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  1. budget and preferred vendor?
  2. o1die said:
    budget and preferred vendor?

    500-700$ or I could go on (depends)
    ..and about the vendor... hmm any would be ok :love:
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  4. o1die said:


    thank you very much for the time!!! the video card is out of stock lol!!! XD :kaola: :love:
    can A gtx 550 ti be a good upgrade ? and about the casing, does it come with dust filters a like thingy? ? ;) :??: or can I put some in it? but how?


    edit: I don't mid spending like 800$ though I have to wait like 3 months of pay day lmao.. thanks again!
  5. Plenty of good video cards; the one I linked is the newer .22 nm process, so it should run cooler. By the time you order, it should be back in stock.
  6. o1die said:
    Plenty of good video cards; the one I linked is the newer .22 nm process, so it should run cooler. By the time you order, it should be back in stock.

    thank you very much! :love:

    edit: one last thing, what video card is best for high resolution gaming for games like skyrim?
  7. If you're going to upgrade your CPU, then I would seriously consider upgrading to a socket 1155 Sandy Bridge, but that would mean a motherboard upgrade, too. A potential upgrade path:
    Motherboard ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 = $105: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
    CPU: Intel I3 2120 for $128. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077&Tpk=intel%20I3%202120
    Case: HAF 912 for $50 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912
    PSU: Rosewill Capstone 550W for $80: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068
    GPU: HD6870 for $170 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357
    This comes to $572.95 at newegg; after the $40 in rebates your total will be 532.95 plus shipping.
  8. @Rugger
    thank you very much for the recommendation

    uh, I play Games like Skyrim, runescape?LMAO!!! but seriously, games like AION probably on high setting, crysis 2,assassins creed series
    and looking forward to play battlefield 3 at max(im having lag's in explosives and sudden drop of frame rate at my current setup :( )
    that means I need like a high end gaming computer , cooling system's will be great addition! :love:

    edit: please do not recommend overclocking, since Im afraid to even try it :??: thank you ;)
  9. i think for gpu hd7770 will be nice. Or 78xx series if you can wait for some time.
    Since you will not do overclock then p67/z68 will be overkill, h61 is good with i5.
  10. truegenius said:
    i think for gpu hd7770 will be nice. Or 78xx series if you can wait for some time.
    Since you will not do overclock then p67/z68 will be overkill, h61 is good with i5.

    i love the motherboard! thank you!

    guys, can you recommend a Nvidia video card that is probably the best for my future setup?(still don't know what psu ,cpu,gpu basically I dont know what really to buy lol) since Im a nvidia fan girl :kaola: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:
  11. for good nvidia with low power usage you need to wait for some time,
    current is gtx5 series but mid range gpu are priced badly.

    What is your purpose of bulding this machine? Some examples of games/software that you use.
  12. hushinimi said:
    i love the motherboard! thank you!

    guys, can you recommend a Nvidia video card that is probably the best for my future setup?(still don't know what psu ,cpu,gpu basically I dont know what really to buy lol) since Im a nvidia fan girl :kaola: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:


    If your not in a huge rush wait for the 600 series release from Nvidia.

    If you are in a rush on your budget to fit the budget on the builds ya have had listed already i would say shop around for a 560ti
  13. truegenius said:
    for good nvidia with low power usage you need to wait for some time,
    current is gtx5 series but mid range gpu are priced badly.

    What is your purpose of bulding this machine? Some examples of games/software that you use.


    Skyrim , Crysis 2 ,battlefield 3, Assassins creed series and oh, some online games like runescape(lol :kaola: ) and AION
    yea I can wait :love:


    wr6133 said:
    If your not in a huge rush wait for the 600 series release from Nvidia.

    If you are in a rush on your budget to fit the budget on the builds ya have had listed already i would say shop around for a 560ti


    waiting for the 600 series is really worth it right? :??:


    Im bit confused about , what to buy and what not to buy :??: :sweat:
  14. hushinimi said:
    waiting for the 600 series is really worth it right? :??:


    Im bit confused about , what to buy and what not to buy :??: :sweat:


    Well i was planning to buy a 570 but have now decided to wait on the 600's and tolerate my current 550ti till then :)

    Like i said if you want it now now now you can fit a 560ti in your budget and you will be happy with it (i hope ;) )

    But I'd recommend if you can wait a little, do and grab a 600 series when they appear as their release date is closing in on us its not a huge wait for what should be a healthy performance boost.
  15. Quote:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813153218 (low end board with no overclocking)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115074
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104173
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147060 (usb 3.0, 3 fans, free shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139028
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102943

    Total is about $500 after two rebates.


    Thats the 500 build from O1die its a good build if you remove the GPU that would leave you near $300 of your original budget for a new graphics card.

    You could build that now and reuse your current Nvidia card in it while wating for the 600's release (that would be my choice)

    Or you could build it NOW and use this graphics card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738 - 560ti 448 core
  16. i agree with wr6133 that o1die have stated very good build.

    But that jetway board...hmm...
    I think this board can save some more money with similar features
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527

    also i will add a atleast 120gb ssd to that build
    and if you are going to add a ssd then you may like this board with 2xsata3 port
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157254
  17. Go with the gigabyte board in the last post. The original video card I posted gets good reviews, but waiting for top performance is better; overheating and noise are common problems with video cards, so don't rush it. Choose wisely.
  18. +1 on the ASrock or Gbyte boards. I've always used Gigabyte boards on my AMD builds and the quality is good.

    Though personally on a 700 budget i wouldn't do an SSD I'd rather hold that cash back towards a higher graphics card. Your current 140GB HDD may seem small by comparison to many now but If you haven't filled it and its doing the job i would hang on to it. Maybe get a larger faster one later when budget allows (and when the inflated HDD price we have currently drops).

    On your thing about dust filters I avoid them they impede airflow unless you regularly remove and clean them and the time you take doing that you may as well have not had them and just opened up the case and cleaned it out the old fashioned way anyway better to spend the filter money on some funky case lighting LOL
  19. @wr6133 thank you! you encourage me to wait till the 600 series come's out , I'll be sticking with my GTS250 for a while, Im pretty sure i'll get a great improvement in gaming with the i5 processor :love: and lol about the dust filters I am planning to do XD thank you for the advice!!! (weird question but..) does case lighting take away heat and dust? lol... :P

    and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157254 is this a good choice ? i don't mind spending 10 more $ since it looks cool it's pretty much the same as my current mother board (the color I mean lol)

    @truegenius
    oh wow thank's!!! yes Im planning to get an ssd as my main :love:

    @o1die
    thank you, yes i wont rush at buying a new video card,
    question:
    about this casing that you recommended http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

    is this casing future proof for big huge video cards? you know... nvidia and ati gpu gets bigger this years lol...
    , what's the best cooling system for the casing? like water cooling or something :??:...
    is the 600 watt corsair that you recommended enough for an additional water cooler or cooling system? and for a future video card nvidia/ati gpu?

    thank you very much guys!!!! :love: :love: :love:
  20. Cooling: Don't worry about watercooling unless you want do a lot of OCing and are willing to spend around $300 for a good kit. There are a lot of great air coolers out there that are quiet and allow for substantial OCs. I made the mistake of getting one of the Corsair H80 CPU coolers instead of a really efficient air cooler...it's loud, more expensive than the high-end air coolers, and only performs as good as some of the top-end aircoolers. Great air cooling...Noctua NH-D14.
  21. Rugger said:
    Cooling: Don't worry about watercooling unless you want do a lot of OCing and are willing to spend around $300 for a good kit. There are a lot of great air coolers out there that are quiet and allow for substantial OCs. I made the mistake of getting one of the Corsair H80 CPU coolers instead of a really efficient air cooler...it's loud, more expensive than the high-end air coolers, and only performs as good as some of the top-end aircoolers. Great air cooling...Noctua NH-D14.



    thank you :love: :bounce: , looks easy to install,
    can a corsair 600 watt be enough for it right? and will it fit to this casing? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

    oh how about a cooling system for the gpu? or I don't need one since I wont do any overclocking? :??:
  22. The only part requiring power on an air cooler is the fan(s) - worry about power for the GPU/CPU. To answer your question...yes, a 600W PSU is more than sufficient to power any air cooler on the market.

    Your GPU will come with a cooling system installed - no action required.
  23. The stock fans on the GPU will be fine as you dont plan on any extreme overclocking. To be honest as you dont plan to OC the CPU I'd leave that on stock cooler too. Just make sure you have a nice airflow setup with the fans on the case.
  24. Rugger said:
    The only part requiring power on an air cooler is the fan(s) - worry about power for the GPU/CPU. To answer your question...yes, a 600W PSU is more than sufficient to power any air cooler on the market.

    Your GPU will come with a cooling system installed - no action required.


    thank you for the quick reply! few more question's needed then I'll be purchasing !


    thank you so much everyone !!!!!!!
  25. wr6133 said:
    The stock fans on the GPU will be fine as you dont plan on any extreme overclocking. To be honest as you dont plan to OC the CPU I'd leave that on stock cooler too. Just make sure you have a nice airflow setup with the fans on the case.

    Stock cooler is definitely the least expensive option. I would at least go for a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ Evo for cool and quiet operation...
  26. My final Choices

    CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    Memory Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173

    Casing http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

    Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157254

    CPU Cooler (personally even with good ventilation system, I still worry about the extra heat) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    looks like I'll be enjoying assembling and putting them all together, (gonna have to wait for the 600 series) all of the products are available in here :D so I could easily replace them if they aren't working right :bounce:

    total of 463$ :love: yay I have 37 $ for buying some clothes :na:

    we have decided, we'll be going now (I am extreme excited :bounce: )

    thank you very very very very very very very much!!!!!!! for all the help guys !!! me and my boyfriend are really thankful :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:
  27. Best answer selected by hushinimi.
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