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Which CPU and Motherboard to use?

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October 27, 2012 8:28:24 PM

Hi I'm on a pretty tight budget and want to make some upgrades so I can get better gaming proformance (DayZ mostly). I have an old Dell motherboard with an Intel 2.33Ghz Duo, Nvidia GT520 (DDR3, 2GB but only 64bit), 4x 1GB DDR2 667Mhz, 300w original PSU and 64bit Windows 7. I was just given an Asus M3A motherboard with an AMD AM2 Athalon 64 X2 5600+ (CZ) 2.4Ghz, Nvidia 9800 GX2 (DDR3, 1GB and 512bit) and 460w FSP PSU. I was thinking of using the new mother board, GPU and getting an AM2+ Phenom X4 9750 2.4Ghz. I was just going to use my old ram till I can afford to get 4x 2GB 1066Mhz ram which is only compatible if I use the Phenom (which I can get for around $60) I was also going to get a new 600w - 700w PSU as Nvidia recommends at least 585w, Any recommendations on a fairly cheap reliable PSU? Also because the CPU is so cheap I was thinking about trying to overclock it, but how much would still be considered safe? Any suggestions are welcome, Thanks.

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October 27, 2012 9:40:47 PM

Well if there is one thing I always stress out the most on upgrading or building a new computer is that you should never ever cheap out on a power supply (unless its for your enemy's computer :p ). Also the 460w FSP Power supply will not work with the new build since it is not enough for it. The new build needs around 480 watts at 100% load.

This power supply is on sale, with a mail in rebate and is modular, all for 44.99 after the rebate!

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

Also If you do overclock the CPU it will be safe if you have an aftermarket CPU cooler and don't set the voltage to anything abnormally high.
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