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CPU and MOBO replacement

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August 16, 2012 11:16:52 AM

Hello Toms Hardware,

I am looking to upgrade my motherboard and cpu, going from an AMD FX 4100 to an I5 2500K.

The Motherboard I'm using is something like an 800GM-usb3 gigabyte board ( can't find the manual at the momenet)

I want to buy this motherboard :

And this CPU:

The choice of the motherboard is becuase I'm using a gtx 580 from MSI and its pci 2.0 and the motherboard is the same.

Now the only other problem I have is how do I figure out if my RAM is compatible with all of this? ATM I have some Kingston Value Ram but unsure how the find the specifications, I tried before and where I bought my pc form was not very specific and I can't find anything on the internet either.

Also just wondering of all these are compatible and if I need a cpu cooler ? Since im not planning on overclocking one but have a igmatek Loki SD-S963 and wondering if that would work with the above combo.

Lastly, should I be getting thermal paste with the CPU supplier or will I need to provide my own?

Thanks for any replies!

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August 16, 2012 11:30:52 AM

For about the same price as your selected motherboard, you could have a more up to date and full featured motherboard. It's still compatible with your CPU and graphics card choices, but also leaves you an upgrade path, unlike your original selection.
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August 16, 2012 1:47:02 PM

Thanks Abekl, but would a pci 2.0 gfx card fit into a pci 3.0 slot on a motherboard?
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August 16, 2012 1:49:14 PM

Ignore that question, turns out that they are forward and backwards compatible, i assumed they were only backwards compatible. How do i figure out about my ram?
August 16, 2012 1:58:49 PM

Could someone please link me high quality ram that would be compatible with that motherboard? also sorry for the triple post, for some reason I am not allowed to edit my own posts
August 16, 2012 3:45:19 PM

Thanks for your reply.