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Advice for Mobo/CPU/RAM/DVD - under $500

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April 29, 2012 4:52:04 AM

Hello,
I'm trying to upgrade a computer I have.

There are a few parts I would like to keep temporarily:
-A Cooler Master Centurion case (Mid-tower)
-A 550w PSU (not sure the brand atm)
-geforce 8800GTS 640gb

My main concern is getting a Motherboard and CPU that I won't have to replace for a few years or so. I just want it working soon and would rather dump extra money into those parts while I can. I can replace the GPU sometime over the next few months. The RAM also doesn't have to be great yet, but at least 4GB.

My main uses will be gaming, photoshop, browsing, etc.

So, my main questions:
Is my PSU good enough to have for a while? And what power will I need once I buy a better GPU?
Will I need any cooling systems extra? (I know nothing about them)
Will my old 8800GTS work fine with the new Motherboard until I get a new card?

My budget is under $500. Hoping for a good combo Mobo/CPU to save a little extra. :) 

Thanks!

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April 29, 2012 4:56:13 AM

Is this a good deal? Just found it on Newegg:


Intel® Core™ i5-2400 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel® HD Graphics 2000

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel® Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel® Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Combo Discount: $26.98
Your Price: $389.99
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April 29, 2012 4:57:42 AM

No. The MOBO is Z68 but the CPU cannot be overclocked.
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April 29, 2012 5:00:19 AM

Also found this one:

AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Combo Discount: $43.98
Your Price: $440.99

I know it doesn't include the RAM or DVD, but just thought I'd ask. :) 
It's probably above my budget heh.
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April 29, 2012 5:01:12 AM

The PSU SHOULD be okay, unless it's a Diablotek, then I would grab the nearest hammer and smash away.

If you get a unlocked CPU, and want to overclock, an aftermarket heatsink and fan are needed.

Yeah, it'll be fine.

ASRock Extreme4 Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5-3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 29, 2012 5:01:32 AM

Yeah, not to mention it is worse in performance. :p 
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April 29, 2012 5:11:34 AM

Great, thanks much for the advice!

Another question:
Just found a combo deal for the Cooler Fan and another PSU, how does it compare?
Marked down to $319 from $335.

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...

Is it worth the upgrade from the i5 processor? It's a $35 increase in price.
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April 29, 2012 5:27:54 AM

No, the 3570k is unlocked and better than the 2600.
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April 29, 2012 5:32:23 AM

Great thanks!
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April 29, 2012 5:32:37 AM

Best answer selected by dsemitit.
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