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August 28, 2012 1:45:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week


Budget Range: $300-$450


System used Primarily for Gaming (Starcraft, Team Fortress, Diablo)


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: mobo, case, and heatsink


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: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Reason for Upgrading: I recently got a GTX 670 GPU, a Raider 650W PSU, and an i7-3930k processor. The graphics card and power supply fit fine, but the processor does not fit on my motherboard. I'm going to assume that a new motherboard that will accomadte the new part won't fit in my current case and I think I'll need one with better ventilation as well, plus I'll be upgrading the heatsink.


My current motherboard as reported by CPU-Z

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

Graphic Interface:

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


My current case is the Dell Studio XPS 435mt stock one, same goes for the heatsink.


I think this heatsink will do the job:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the EVO version:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I have no idea how to pick out a motherboard though, and I assume the case will depend on that choice. Thanks in advance for any help!
August 28, 2012 1:50:53 AM

At this point, best to throw away all the Dell stuff and replace it. Replace the stock heatsink, mobo, and case. The mobo is an entirely different socket than the CPU. That's why they're incompatible. No offense, but you should have researched about your mobo and CPU before buying.
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August 28, 2012 7:11:09 AM

None taken :) 
You see, I purchased the graphics card and the power supply, but I did NOT purchase the processor.
My uncle gave it to me after he got a new one, hence why I didn't research it. (I wasn't planning on getting a new processor for months) I havn't spent any money on it, but if I can get it to work I assume it will save me a lot more money than if I had bought one myself.

Also maybe I wasn't clear in my first post, but I was planning on throwing away the Dell mobo, heatsink, and case for an upgraded one to accomadate the new CPU. That's why there is a link to a heatsink there, it seemed like a good choice and said it was compatible with this type of processor.

Thanks for your time and reply obsama1!
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August 28, 2012 7:23:54 AM

Get the 212 EVO, better base-plate with wider contact pipes.

Yep, getting an new case will probably be best, as sometimes big company pre-builts use non ATX components, cant transfer them to other builds.
A good case will depend on what you like to look at, so here's some good cases with varying aesthetics.

Coolermaster HAF-XM. $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My personal pick.

Corsair 500R. $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also available in white.

NZXT Phantom in various colours. $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You need an LGA2011 motherboard for that CPU, so X79 chipset. I will admit I dont know as much about this platform as LGA1155, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

Heard that this mobo is fairly good, seems to have all the right features and will look awesome in that HAF case.
ASUS Rampage IV Formula. $370
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 28, 2012 2:59:51 PM

The 3930K is a $500-$600 CPU, so if you buy the components above, you'll have a beastly gaming rig.
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August 28, 2012 3:43:51 PM

Best answer selected by ultrattacker.
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August 28, 2012 3:45:59 PM

$500?! I had no idea! That's my uncle for you though, he always has to have top of the line stuff. If I recall he just bought the 3960K or the 3980k processor which is how I got the hand me down.

Back on topic, thanks again for your help manofchalk and obsama1!
I think I'm going to go with a Black Phantom case because it looks so cool haha.
I'll make sure to get the EVO heatsink over the Plus version, and the Asus Rampage IV seems perfect!
Looking over these components I think I'm finally starting to get a hang of this, maybe I can start replying to threads haha. Thanks again guys :) 
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