Upgrading MOBO(Unknown Price), GPU ($150), Power Supply if necessary

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range:$500

System used Primarily for Gaming, but also for school and every other facet of my life

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: mobo, Power Supply?, GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, I already plan on re-purchasing Windows and that is not included in my budget

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Cambria, CA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: To shorten load times on Starcraft matches and to increase emulator speed on my backup of my now broken Jak 2 disc.

I would like to upgrade to this Graphics Card:

ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I currently have a Dell Studio XPS. I don't know the information on the motherboard or the power supply, nor how to find it (sorry). I am willing to track this information down to help out of course.

I'd rather not replace the power supply unless I have to, like if the new GPU reqiures a stronger one. I have no clue where to get started on a power supply let alone make it compatible with a new mobo.

I would like to overclock my CPU which is an Intel i7 920 at 2.67GHz which is why I need a new motherboard since you can't overclock Dells, but I don't want to overclock it to the point of needing a liquid cooling system (I don't feel advanced enough to put one in yet)
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  1. Try and find details on the motherboard please. It'll help.
    More info the better.Run a software like CPU -Z
  2. Sorry for not having enough info in my OP, and thanks for replying allanitomwesh. CPU-Z says this about my motherboard:

    Manufacturer: Dell
    Model: 0R849J A01
    Chipset: Intel X58 Rev. 12
    Southbridge: Intel 82801JR (ICH10R) Rev. 00
    LPCIO: ITE IT8720

    For the BIOS:

    Brand: Dell
    Version: 1.1.4
    Date: 12/21/2009

    Then it has Graphic Interface:

    Version: PCI-Express
    Link Width: x16
    Max Supported: x16
    Side Band: [blank]

    Thanks again for you time!
  3. Also I discovered I will need a better power supply. I don't really mind what kind of power supply as long as it is as cheap as possible. I'm not exactly sure how much output it would need though, I assume this would be based on the motherboard I decide to get. I hope that info helps, I can provide any more that's needed.
  4. After poking my head around a bunch of websites I THINK I need 500w for my power supply. I think this one will meet my needs

    COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

    Due to the CPU-Z suggestion bove I figure my motherboard has to match the chipset and southbridge it detected on mine, so based purely on that I picked this motherboard:

    ASUS P6X58-E WS LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    So tell me what you think and thanks for your patience with this newbie :)
  5. Best answer
    There's no need to change your motherboard. Get this
    and this
    you'll play any game you want.
    You won't need overclocking.It runs very cool.
  6. Best answer selected by ultrattacker.
  7. Wow you hit the budget right on the head! Thanks again for your time and effort!

    I didn't think I would be able to get such a powerful card since I thought I would need a new motherboard, so thanks for that as well!
  8. You're welcome.
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