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Advice Upgrading - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Mobo

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December 20, 2011 8:16:45 PM

Hey everyone,

I bought my system a little more than a year ago and was looking to upgrade. Here are the current specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156
GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650W
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Is upgrading worth it?

I was thinking of going for 8GB of RAM just because it's so cheap. Also, I wanted to upgrade to a GTX 570, but would the power supply be able to handle it? If not, any recommendations on a better PSU? Any other video card you guys would sooner recommend?

No reason to upgrade the CPU, right?

Thanks for the help,

DCM

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December 20, 2011 9:24:52 PM

To answer your questions.:

1. It'd definitely be worth it to upgrade / tweak a few areas, yes, but a whole system overhaul definitely would not be worth it - at least not for the time being.

2. Definitely go for it - it'd be worth it to upgrade to 8GB just because of the price.

3. Your PSU could, but just to be on the safe side - the 570 is a very power hungry card. What you want to look for in a PSU is efficiency rating (80+ bronze/silver/gold/platinum) and what the overall usage is going to be - you might go for a 750 or 850 just to be on the safe side. Try these:

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

4. Nothing really - the EVGA is one of the best on the market.

5. No there really isn't a reason to upgrade your CPU. However if you don't have a good cooler that would be another option and OC your CPU to 3.5 - 4+GHz.

Alternately another logical option would be to upgrade your primary storage to an SSD.
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December 20, 2011 11:40:30 PM

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December 20, 2011 11:40:58 PM

Thanks very much for your help!
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