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Upgrading CPU, Memory and Motherboard

Last response: in Systems
September 18, 2012 3:49:36 PM

Hey guys I can use some advice on upgrading my CPU, memory and mobo

I live in South Africa so Im working in R currency and not in $.

My current system(very old)
E6550 @2.33Gnz
G41 DDR2 mobo
4gb Kingston DDR2 667
MSI GTS450 1GB GDDR5 OC edition
600W Vantec ion2 PSU

I want to upgrade to the following system (new CPU, mobo and memory)

i5 2400s (2.5 ghz) {got it as a gift from my best friend}

Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1333 - CL9


Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3-1600 - CL9 1.5v XMP

MSI H77MA-G43 Motherboard

The mobo supports DDR3 1600 but the Cpu is only limited to 1333. I really want those Corsair Vengeance memory but im scared that I will experience some problems. Can you guys help me out please? im not much of an overclocking fan or guru. Should I stick to the XMS3 1333 or buy the Vengeance 1600 instead? Should I turn on turbo frequency on the CPU so that it can run at 3.1Ghz? :bounce: 
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September 18, 2012 4:40:12 PM

Those links don't work for me, unfortunately :( 

Also, I highly doubt you would run into issues by using 1600Mhz RAM over 1333Mhz, most of the time, the motherboard/CPU clocks down the CPU to what it can run it at. For example, if you purchase 1600Mhz RAM and your CPU only supports 1333Mhz, it'll automatically downclock the RAM to 1333Mhz.

Turbo on your CPU is automatically done, so whenever you're not doing anything that intensive, it will automatically boost your clock speeds to whatever the rated frequency is :) 

That motherboard seems fine, by the way, it has some pretty decent reviews and I'm fond of the looks :lol: 
September 18, 2012 4:44:55 PM

Thank you man, I agree on the H77 mobo, decent price for a MSI product. Huge Fan :) 
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September 18, 2012 4:46:33 PM

Yes, definitely :) 

Also with that board, since it's part of Intel's latest chipsets, you have the option of upgrading to Ivy Bridge CPU's in the future if you so desired. You won't be able to overclock, but at least you have the option of upgrading to any LGA1155 CPU out on the market :) 
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September 18, 2012 5:15:21 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey