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June 8, 2012 12:13:06 AM

So my current computer consists of;
Windows XP Home
Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.93 Ghz
Some random motherboard that came with the computer
3GB RAM (Generic, not gaming or anything)
160Gb Hard Drive (Not sure what company, came with the computer)
NVidia GeForce GTS 450
600 Watt Xigmatic
A crappy CD drive from like 1999

Obviously, my Graphics card is being bottlenecked like a 60 gallon jug with a straw for an opening.
So I was thinking of replacing the mobo, GPU, and Ram(Obviously).
Here's what I found;
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I'm thinking of stacking up on 2 of these)
(also, due to my HDD becoming very full, a 320Gb HDD) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty much wondering if my PSU will power all of this still(I think it will, but better safe than sorry), and also looking for suggestions of what I could buy instead, to save money, or to increase power. Keepin' it under ~600$.

Quick question; will I need to buy a new fan for the new CPU? Will I need to buy cooling cement for the CPU?

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June 8, 2012 12:22:16 AM

600W is enough.

You won't need an aftermarket cooler unless you plan to OC. You could use the stock one for now and get a better cooler later when your budget allows or you want to OC.

Just get this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $40 more you could get this 1tb Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You would still have some budget left for a Crucial M4 120GB SSD if you wanted more performance.

After all that your GPU would be the bottleneck. :) 
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June 8, 2012 12:39:28 AM

cranked said:
600W is enough.

You won't need an aftermarket cooler unless you plan to OC. You could use the stock one for now and get a better cooler later when your budget allows or you want to OC.

Just get this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $40 more you could get this 1tb Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You would still have some budget left for a Crucial M4 120GB SSD if you wanted more performance.

After all that your GPU would be the bottleneck. :) 


Thanks for answering, man.
Are you sure that RAM is good? The reason I went with the G.Skill is because it had good reviews, and really don't hear too many bad things about it. But if you say it's good, I guess I'd take your word for it.
Also, I might go with that HDD because there's also the 30$ off Promo code, which means it's only $10 more than the 320.
Also, I'm old-school, not too into the whole SSD thing, I know it works, and it's nice, but hey, I KNOW HDD's will work.
As for the little joke there at the end, I chuckled.

Edit: Oh and do you think I'll need cooling cement on the CPU?
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June 8, 2012 1:40:26 AM

Either RAM choice is fine. The one I linked is just 2x4GB instead 1x4 that you linked.

SSD isn't for everyone, was just a suggestion because you had some room in the budget, but you could always save that towards a better GPU down the line.

You will need an aftermarket cooler if you plan to OC, but the chip comes with a stock heatsink that will be fine for stock speeds. You could always get something later if/when you decide to OC.
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June 8, 2012 2:28:32 AM

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