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August 22, 2012 11:29:46 PM

Hi, I know nothing of building computers and I really need help. My current set-up is a EVGA 650i motherboard (http://www.evga.com/articles/356.asp) with a Intel Pentium D 820 cpu and a Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT graphics. I recently bought a i3-540 core cpu stupidly without checking if the sockets would match and find out my motherboard only supports 775 and not 1156 like the new core is. So now I need to upgrade my entire system.

I'm looking at a Asus P7H55-M LX Socket 1156/ Intel H55/ DDR3/ A&GbE/ Micro ATX Motherboard which says the cpu would work on it, but I also bought a new graphics card (EVGA 01G-P3-1526-KR GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP) but I'm unsure if it'll work in the motherboard? I'm just a mess with building computer as this will be my first time ever trying.

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August 22, 2012 11:36:40 PM

Leave your power supply out of the case. Place the motherboard on a non-conductive surface such as a wood breadboard or the cardboard box it came in. Install just the cpu/heatsink, memory, video card, monitor lead, and keyboard. Connect the power supply 24 pin lead and 4/8 pin 12v lead (depends on your board) next to the cpu. Now touch the case pin cluster where the reset, power led, power switch, etc pins are with a plain screwdriver until the system powers up. You may google for alot of computer build videos; I haven't viewed any lately. Also read your board manual up to the bios section before you even start. If you don't have the patience to do what I just recommended, then pay someone else to assemble your parts. Good luck.
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August 22, 2012 11:45:14 PM

o1die said:
Leave your power supply out of the case. Place the motherboard on a non-conductive surface such as a wood breadboard or the cardboard box it came in. Install just the cpu/heatsink, memory, video card, monitor lead, and keyboard. Connect the power supply 24 pin lead and 4/8 pin 12v lead (depends on your board) next to the cpu. Now touch the case pin cluster where the reset, power led, power switch, etc pins are with a plain screwdriver until the system powers up. You may google for alot of computer build videos; I haven't viewed any lately. Also read your board manual up to the bios section before you even start. If you don't have the patience to do what I just recommended, then pay someone else to assemble your parts. Good luck.

I'm actually looking for advice on what parts to get, I watch a video to build, but I need specifics on the parts I'm choosing.
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August 22, 2012 11:54:15 PM

Ryuzhin said:
Hi, I know nothing of building computers and I really need help. My current set-up is a EVGA 650i motherboard (http://www.evga.com/articles/356.asp) with a Intel Pentium D 820 cpu and a Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT graphics. I recently bought a i3-540 core cpu stupidly without checking if the sockets would match and find out my motherboard only supports 775 and not 1156 like the new core is. So now I need to upgrade my entire system.

I'm looking at a Asus P7H55-M LX Socket 1156/ Intel H55/ DDR3/ A&GbE/ Micro ATX Motherboard which says the cpu would work on it, but I also bought a new graphics card (EVGA 01G-P3-1526-KR GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP) but I'm unsure if it'll work in the motherboard? I'm just a mess with building computer as this will be my first time ever trying.


Congratulations!! you bought a discontinued CPU...

Anyways... what's your budget for updates?
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August 22, 2012 11:58:45 PM

Ryuzhin said:
I'm actually looking for advice on what parts to get, I watch a video to build, but I need specifics on the parts I'm choosing.


Any video card will work with every motherboard manufactured after early 2005.
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August 24, 2012 10:21:12 PM

idroid said:
Congratulations!! you bought a discontinued CPU...

Anyways... what's your budget for updates?


About $500. Yeah, I didn't really research well. I was looking for cheap fast cpu's and it gave me that one for $100 so I bought it.
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August 24, 2012 11:00:51 PM

Ryuzhin said:
About $500. Yeah, I didn't really research well. I was looking for cheap fast cpu's and it gave me that one for $100 so I bought it.


Well... you need a LGA 1556 mobo...


Motherboard: EVGA P55V Micro ATX LGA1156 Motherboard ($92.46 @ CompUSA)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $269.43
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August 25, 2012 2:41:08 AM

idroid said:
Well... you need a LGA 1556 mobo...


Motherboard: EVGA P55V Micro ATX LGA1156 Motherboard ($92.46 @ CompUSA)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $269.43


Thanks a lot! I actually have an Antec Earthwatts EA430 430W power supply and a decent hard drive, but thank you for looking them up for me!
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August 25, 2012 4:59:34 AM

Ryuzhin said:
Thanks a lot! I actually have an Antec Earthwatts EA430 430W power supply and a decent hard drive, but thank you for looking them up for me!


that SSD is waaaaaay superior to any Mechanical HDD in this world
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August 25, 2012 6:41:36 PM

Best answer selected by Ryuzhin.
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