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July 19, 2012 3:32:47 PM

Hey Guys,

First things first im new to toms hardare so i'm sorry if i've put this thread in the wrong part of the forums.

I have a Compaq Sg3-350uk and need help to find which motherboard would be the best to upgrade to, currently the motherboard doesn't support and pci-e 2.0 slot which i would need for a new graphics card.

I think i shoud upgrade the proccesor aswell from the AMD Athlon II X2 245 to a new AMD Quad Core ( either the FX 4100 or the Phenom Quad core, advice on that aswell please).

Also would it be worth getting a i3 and a motherboard?

Im pretty set on getting a Nvidia GTX 570 for the graphics card.

Any other help would be great!

Thanks in advanced!

-Ted

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July 19, 2012 3:50:52 PM

whats your budget for this upgrade?

also a HD 7850 pretty much trades blow for blow with a 570, while using half the power
July 19, 2012 3:54:30 PM

my budget is around £110 for the MotherBoard
£100 for the cpu
£30 For the cpu cooler thinking the evo212+
£180 for the graphics cards
soo Around 410 but can be a bit more
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July 19, 2012 4:05:33 PM

did you want to change/upgrade your RAM? and I assume any balance of CPU/Mobo around 200-220 is fine?
July 19, 2012 4:38:14 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
did you want to change/upgrade your RAM? and I assume any balance of CPU/Mobo around 200-220 is fine?


Nah my 4gb RAm is enough for now upgrade to 8gb later this year and 250 for the heatsink aswell
July 19, 2012 4:50:55 PM

i would like this cheap as possible and is going to a i3 + a Z77 mobo a good route to take if im thinking of upgrading to a i5 3570k later on?

haent really looked at amd graphics cards.. and i think i will need a psu upgrade aswell... (i think the current psu is like 200w LOL)

thank for your advice and help
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July 19, 2012 11:49:28 PM

I'll suggest this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£147.53 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£179.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £430.71
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-20 00:51 BST+0100)
won't need a fan, stock will do
July 21, 2012 2:58:21 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
I'll suggest this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£147.53 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£179.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £430.71
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-20 00:51 BST+0100)
won't need a fan, stock will do



cheers very much but just 1 more question.. i dont know if that mobo will fit in the case i have, i have the link to the specs could you check? http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume...

and the ram should fit right?
a b U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
July 21, 2012 7:49:08 PM

it will fit.


and if your ram is DDR3 it will work
July 21, 2012 9:19:28 PM

Thanks Man you've been a big help but still 1 more question ...

will the graphics card be able to run 3d movies (not intrested in games in 3d) and i am getting a 120mhz 3d monitor with glasses

cheers mate :D 

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July 21, 2012 9:38:00 PM

I think it should be able to, yes
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