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Halp! Scavenging old pc / Rebuilding it

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June 25, 2012 2:42:29 PM

I'm.. reasonably smart when it comes to these sort of things, But i figured id throw myself at the geniouses on this website for some advice... Im currently running a Compaq CQ5110y ((, Its in fine working order but.. Its intensely outdated... ive been looking into upgrading my cpu/mobo/graphics/So on so forth... Basically... my question is, with the parts i have outlined below, Will i have relatively little trouble simply, plugging these new pieces in to my current case (along with current dvdrw, and other stock things...) or will i simply end up making an 800 dollar mistake? Willing to take any advice offered, thanks in advance..

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5.System Usage from Most to Least Important:

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8.Keyboard/Mouse Speakers Monitor CD/dvd drive [hopefully]

9.Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

This is a list of the items im currently wanting to purchase


And also purchasing a new windows , since my current machine is oem... Basically, will these fit/ be compatible with the other parts inside my machine? Are there other BETTER choices for the same price that i'm not seeing? Am i missing anything of grave importance?
June 25, 2012 2:53:02 PM

I'd go a different route. Get a quad core phenom II compatible with your motherboard for around 120.
Use the savings from that to get a SSD.
June 25, 2012 3:22:54 PM

the ps so fit fine if the case is a true atx case. the issue i see is the length of the new mb. the old mb is a micro atx and your putting in a full size atx. the online photo from compaq does not help. what you want to do is open the side panel and see if there another row of screw mounts (standoffs) if a longer board is installed.
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June 25, 2012 3:28:19 PM

smorizio is correct: Beware motherboard mounts!

Generally, I would never recommend replacing the motherboard in an OEM system unless it was a mom-and-pop shop built system. Proprietary motherboard mounts and weird size restrictions from strange vents and hoods can reek havoc with installation of a new board...

If you are going to start over, get a new case. Saving this one isn't worth it...

However, your base system isn't that bad. Add an SSD, and put in a nice PSU and Graphics Card, and you are golden... You don't even NEED a new CPU, but since you can, why not?
June 25, 2012 4:15:42 PM

Some older pc's used a BTX form factor motherboard. If that is so, you should dump the case.
Actually, I would dump the case anyway wince it does not look like it has great ventilation anyway. $50 or so can get you a nice case. For example, the Antec 300 for $45. 2000+ reviewers can't be far wrong:

Count the number of expansion slots on the back of the motherboard. A full ATX case will have 7, a M-atx will have 4.

Your parts look good.

Here are some thoughts:

1) Are you near a microcenter? If so, they will sell you a 3570K for $190 and give you a $50 discount on several Z77 motherboards.

2) Buy low profile ram, it costs no more, and will avoid any cpu cooler clearance issues.

3) I would add a $30 cooler like the cm hyper212. It will keep your cpu cooler under load and be quieter than the stock cooler. Easier to install too.

4) You don't mention a hard drive, presumably, it will come from your old pc.
For a new build, I heartily recommend spending a bit up front for a 120gb SSD. It will make everything feel quicker. 120gb is enough for the os and a handful of games.
I recommend samsung or intel 120gb, for reliability.

June 26, 2012 2:30:21 AM

jacobdrj said:
I'd go a different route. Get a quad core phenom II compatible with your motherboard for around 120.
Use the savings from that to get a SSD.

I had considered this.. problem being, I cant find any quad core phenom 2's for sale ANYWHERE that are am2+... everything is listed as "Discontinued" or "Out of stock"... Would an AM3 work? Even if my mobo says "Only supports am2+" ..? I know its backwards compatible and all, the specific "ONLY SUPPORTS AM2+" on there just concerns me is all...

Would this theoretically work?
being i have to stick to 95w and all.