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Looking for advice on a motherboard cpu combo

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March 21, 2012 6:54:04 PM

I just updated my video card and im now looking to update my cpu .
my pc specs are

MODEL : DELL INSPIRON 560
OPERATING SYSTEM : WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM
PSU : 450W
VIDEO : Gigabyte AMD RADEON HD 6670
CPU : PENTIUM DUAL-CORE E5500 @ 2.80 @ 2.80
MEMORY ( RAM ) : 4GB DDR3 ( 800 MHz )
MOTHERBOARD : MODEL NUMBER G43T-DM1 V : A00
{ WITH A PCI-E GEN.2 SLOT }
SOUND : INTEL HIGH DEF AUDIO
RECOMMENDED SCREEN RESOLUTION : 1680X1050

so im looking to upgrade my cpu to a i5 for gaming without lag. and also without busting the bank.
what would you guys recommend?

i got great advice before and im hoping you guys can help me out once more.

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March 21, 2012 7:04:22 PM

What is your budget? And are you interested in overclocking?
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March 21, 2012 8:38:50 PM

yeah im not looking to overclock. just want to slap it in and have fun.
do you guys think that my mother board would be able to run an i5 ?
and also would i need to upgrade my power supply ?
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March 21, 2012 8:50:13 PM

i forgot to update my pc spec list i had to upgrade my psu .. i got now a antec 25 vp 450w
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March 21, 2012 9:05:31 PM

That motherboard is "probably" the cheapest combo you can find with the i5 that won't break after a year and has a lot of room for upgrades later on. Intel isn't exactly the budget friendly CPU, haha.

You can try ASUS but a lot of their boards have issues, sometimes after a year, sometimes after a week. But that is with all motherboards, me personally have never had issues with Gigabyte, but a lot of family and friends have had really annoying problems with their Asus.

If this was my computer, I would swap the motherboard but you might not have the cash for it. You never told us a budget.
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March 21, 2012 9:18:13 PM

also i really dont want to spend more then 300 bucks really.
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March 22, 2012 12:36:04 AM

Yeah, go ahead and get it.

Your PSU will be fine but I do recommend you upgrade it later on when you have some money to spend. A good PSU is invaluable.
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March 22, 2012 12:38:42 AM

You're ram isn't supported on that motherboard though..
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March 22, 2012 10:09:35 AM

You won´t need to replace your power supply. As you are not willing to overclock the CPU, then get an i5 without the ´k´ as they are intended for OC.

Intel Core i5-2500 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Get the motherboard at Newegg, it will cost you $139.99 after mail-in rebate card GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The cost of the mobo + cpu is more than $300 -- it is $ 329.98

Alternativelly you can get a cheaper CPU like Intel Core i5-2400 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

You will have to get a new ram kit, but they are really cheap these days -- but if your budget doesn´t allow it, then you can go with i3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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March 22, 2012 1:02:35 PM

your graphics card is going to hold you back.
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March 22, 2012 3:48:24 PM

Don't buy an i5-2500k from newegg. You will be overpaying by around $100

Hopefully you have a microcenter near you

Processor is $180 there and combo with a motherboard gets you another $50 instant savings
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