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October 22, 2012 5:02:42 PM

I built my first computer four years ago. It worked great, but I think it is time for an upgrade. I need help figuring out what parts I need to replace, and if the replacement parts I have picked work together.

Here is the computer I built four years ago.
1 x Logitech Deluxe 250 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM
1 x Western Digital WD Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1 x Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support
1 x Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
1 x LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM
1 x RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
1 x Foxconn P45A-S LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x MSI R4850-512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
1 x OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400
1 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D

Here are the parts I am considering buying for replacement.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Here are my main questions.

1. Do I need to replace my RAM? I have 4 x 2 gigabyte sticks now. Are they still good after 4 years? Or should I buy the 2 x 4 gig sticks in the wish list.

2. Do I need to replace the power supply?

3. Will these components work well together? If there are any parts I went too high or too low on, please let me know. I plan on using this for gaming, but nothing extreme. I don't really plan on overclocking or messing around with too much.

4. Is it fine to just get the 120gb ssd drive? My plan is to put my OS and games I play a lot on the SSD. I would then have my 4 year old 640gb and 2 year old 1 tb drives for lots of storage.


Thanks for your help. Let me know if I forgot to include any essential information.

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October 22, 2012 5:18:35 PM

scabiosa said:
I built my first computer four years ago. It worked great, but I think it is time for an upgrade. I need help figuring out what parts I need to replace, and if the replacement parts I have picked work together.


Here are my main questions.

1. Do I need to replace my RAM? I have 4 x 2 gigabyte sticks now. Are they still good after 4 years? Or should I buy the 2 x 4 gig sticks in the wish list.

You will need the new ram which is DDR3
scabiosa said:

2. Do I need to replace the power supply?

No, your current PSU should work fine
scabiosa said:

3. Will these components work well together? If there are any parts I went too high or too low on, please let me know. I plan on using this for gaming, but nothing extreme. I don't really plan on overclocking or messing around with too much.

Looks okay to me
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4. Is it fine to just get the 120gb ssd drive? My plan is to put my OS and games I play a lot on the SSD. I would then have my 4 year old 640gb and 2 year old 1 tb drives for lots of storage.

Sounds like a plan although I believe a new operating system will be needed for it.
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October 22, 2012 5:29:47 PM

looks, good, but you can reuse your powersupply and you will need a new OS, unless you can convince M$ that it's the same PC :lol: 
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October 22, 2012 5:29:59 PM

First, as you want to buy a non-K edition processor, you dont need to buy a Z77 chip mobo. H77 is fine for you. No need to waste extra bucks. z77 is for overclocking. This mobo should be fine:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2nd, for your new pc, you can remove corsair psu as you have OCZ 600w which will be enough for you.

Your old ram should be fine for use. But they are DDR2 and cant be use with new processor or mobo which supports only DDR3 ram.

And SSD size is depends on your need. If you are satisfied with it, then its fine. Only install necessary soft and games.
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October 22, 2012 7:41:50 PM

Thanks for the quick replies. The information was really useful. I'll just use my old power supply and get the new RAM since I'll need DDR3.

After reading about it a bit more, I am thinking I might as well overclock the cpu for a few more dollars. I would switch to the i5-3570 cpu. I would also get a different heat sink. I was looking at this one.

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

Would these changes make sense and work? Thanks again.
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October 22, 2012 7:56:03 PM

For overclocking, make sure it is the 3570k (k is unlocked), the CM Hyper212 is a very effective and popular CPU cooler.
Yep, for gaming, those changes do make sense
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October 22, 2012 8:03:52 PM

As you wan to overclock, then choose a i5-3570k instead with a z77 chip mobo as you choose. This cpu is very good for oc. And that hyper 212 evo is also very good cpu cooler for oc.
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October 22, 2012 10:51:00 PM

Great. Looks like I'm all set. Time to buy!
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