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

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August 16, 2012 7:56:11 AM

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: newegg.com


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

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


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)
a b ) Power supply
August 17, 2012 5:17:15 AM

Try and find details on the motherboard please. It'll help.
More info the better.Run a software like CPU -Z
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August 18, 2012 10:52:09 PM

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!
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August 19, 2012 12:28:21 AM

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.
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August 19, 2012 12:35:46 AM

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

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

So tell me what you think and thanks for your patience with this newbie :) 
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a b ) Power supply
August 19, 2012 8:14:39 AM

There's no need to change your motherboard. Get this
http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681416...
and this
http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681710...
you'll play any game you want.
You won't need overclocking.It runs very cool.
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August 20, 2012 12:49:41 AM

Best answer selected by ultrattacker.
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August 20, 2012 12:51:27 AM

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!
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August 20, 2012 2:22:34 AM

You're welcome.
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