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Please help with upgrade

I have an ASUS P5B motherboard with a C2D E4500 CPU, 2G gskill low latency RAM, 7600GT video card running on a 450w PSU.

Thinking about upgrading my OS to 64bit and buying more RAM as well as upgrading my video card to a ATI 4870.

1. Will this grant me acceptable improvements or should I look at upgrading my CPU as well (E7200 C2D, if I can find one that is)?

2. Will I get by with my current PSU or will the ATI's load be too high to run off my current one?
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  1. I have a Sapphire HD 4870 Toxic 512MB video card and per the box the minimum power requirement is 500 Watts.
  2. For the psu, try to steal a nuclear powerplant's energy and put it in the pc. If you need an OS, id highly reccomend a Windows 98.
  3. You can pirate a 98 os, fyi.
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    Sorry please ignore the troll above me.^

    A 450W should be fine as long as it has the necessarily PCI-E connectors of the GPU.
    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
  5. andrewcarr said:
    Sorry please ignore the troll above me.^

    A 450W should be fine as long as it has the necessarily PCI-E connectors of the GPU.
    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp



    Ok thanks for your reply. It does have PCI-E plugs so I'll buy a card and see how we go.

    One more question:

    My current RAM is a matched pair 800mhz 4-4-4-12. If I buy another matched pair, will it matter if I use standard 800mhz 5-5-5-18?
  6. I believe it all has to be the same timings. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
  7. ok. Thanks for all your help Andrew. I have looked around and decided on the following system. I'm going to hang on to the current mboard (P5B) and RAM and upgrade pretty much everything else. Do you think I will be able to make it work without any compatibility issues?

    Base System (retaining these):

    ASUS P5B
    2x1G 800mhz 4-4-4-12 G.Skill RAM


    Upgrades:

    Antec 620w ATX PSU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz L846C 1.175V SLB8V LGA775 CPU
    2x2g 800mhz 4-4-4-12 Gskill RAM -To add to the current 2x1G. (So 6G total)
    ATI Radeon 6870
  8. Best answer selected by shadowsofdusk.
  9. Nope I think everything should would fine. As long as you know to do a fresh install of windows.
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