I can't remember exactly, perhaps 4 or 5 years old i would say.
Any idea what processor and mobo to go for? or even where to buy from, i'm from the UK. I have been looking at the i5 2500k, but can't decide if it's worth the extra over the i3, with my gfx card and budget
My final question is how easy is taking out my old motherboard, and putting the new one in? i don't need any special tools or anything? Previously i have always bought semi build sytems, with case , mobo and cpu installed
It's a standard type case which will make everything straight forward.
No special tools required - just a screwdriver for the screws holding the motherboard to the standoffs underneath.
You'll want to take care of labeling the wires (or keeping a diagram where they go) you take off the motherboard so you can re-attach them correctly to the new motherboard.
Most especially the front panel connectors. Pwr/Reset/USB, etc.
Right, sounds good. I think i'll go for it then. with that i5 3450 and gigabye board. I'll pop round to the computer shop and pick up some cleaning kit, and some sticky labels. Thanks for all the help. Fingers crossed
Not sure if your following but thought i would give a quick update. And a thanks WR2.
In the end i went to a local computer shop, thought i can pick it up and help out local shop at the same time.
I ended up with an i5 -2500k an Asus P8Z68-Vlx and 8GB kingston hyperthread. Installed it all today, had a bit of a problem with my GFX card no longer lining up on the back of the case, but just took out the slot above and below it. So far so good, all working
So thanks for the help, and the guides they were very useful. Guess i should one day look into overclocking with this 2500k now