Pc Upgrade Help

Ok so my friend spilt pepsi on his system and has just found out that he fried his mobo,ram and cpu.No word on the graphic card yet,but I am assuming it is ok. PSU,hard drives,optical drives and case.

Computer USE
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He uses the pc for watching hd movies,web use(youtube,gmail,fb,etc) and gaming (Assasins creed,LOL,GTA,etc). No over clocking will be done on the system and the gpu will probably be changed later on,also not planning on SLI/crossfire. The Budget for these 3 pieces is about 350.

What we keep
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PSU: 550w psu and its pretty basic.
Hard Drives: He has 2x400 gb sata 2 and 1x500gb sata 2
GPU: Gigabyte GTS250

What we will buy
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CPU: Intel i5 2400

MOBO: Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

Any recomendations on the parts? Also what gpu would you recomend as an update? Thanks
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    Any recomendations on the parts? Also what gpu would you recomend as an update? Thanks


    I would not recommend that RAM as the tall heat sinks will not mix if you plan to use any sort of aftermarket cooling system. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544

    I'd look at updating the PSU - if it's a no-name PSU it should definitely be replaced. Try something like this as it's relatively inexpensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

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    Also what gpu would you recomend as an update?


    That depends on how much you want to spend. Good all-rounders for not that much money are the Sapphire Radeon 6850 and the EVGA GTX 560TI.
  2. The PSU is not a no name brand,Im just not sure of the brand name. Forgot to add that he has a Cooler Master V6gt to add to the system. I didn't think the ram would be that tall...how about these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104239 ?
  3. garen said:
    The PSU is not a no name brand,Im just not sure of the brand name. Forgot to add that he has a Cooler Master V6gt to add to the system. I didn't think the ram would be that tall...how about these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104239 ?


    thats 1.65v you need 1.5v for sandybridge

    this is 1.5v low profile ram

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
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    The PSU is not a no name brand,Im just not sure of the brand name. Forgot to add that he has a Cooler Master V6gt to add to the system. I didn't think the ram would be that tall...how about these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104239 ?


    Kingston is an excellent choice for RAM maker but yes you need to watch the voltage. Try this instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104255

    If you're going to use a cooler you should get the 2500K instead to allow for overclocking: .
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
  5. g-unit1111 said:
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    The PSU is not a no name brand,Im just not sure of the brand name. Forgot to add that he has a Cooler Master V6gt to add to the system. I didn't think the ram would be that tall...how about these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104239 ?


    Kingston is an excellent choice for RAM maker but yes you need to watch the voltage. Try this instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104255

    If you're going to use a cooler you should get the 2500K instead to allow for overclocking: .
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072


    The cooler he has is my old v6gt,he wanted because of how it looked more than for OC or performance. He will not be doing any O.C,so there is no point in spending the extra cash on the 2500k,putting it into the 8gb of ram. With the ram I might just get the corsair vengeance vengeance lp.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330647828&sr=1-1

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  6. garen said:
    The cooler he has is my old v6gt,he wanted because of how it looked more than for OC or performance. He will not be doing any O.C,so there is no point in spending the extra cash on the 2500k,putting it into the 8gb of ram. With the ram I might just get the corsair vengeance vengeance lp.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330647828&sr=1-1

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    That's certainly better - you have to watch the tall heat sinks if you get the Vengeance. Especially if you use any sort of aftermarket cooler.
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