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Mid-range gaming computer (need input)

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January 27, 2013 10:07:43 AM

Alright, I'm fully upgrading my computer for like the first time in nigh on 6 years. I'm not really one of those conspicuous consumer-types that buys the latest thing every month, but I'm correspondingly inexperienced with upgrading at all, as a result. I'm aiming more "budget" here but hopefully not to the extent that it's completely (I'll settle for partially) outdated in a year. I don't mind running games on lower settings as long as they're playable. Currently my biggest gripe is that Planetside 2 is only getting 5-15fps in larger battles with my 3.1ghz Core 2 Duo.

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

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

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

GPU: For the moment I'm going to stick with my 285GTX until 6-series start dropping in price, I don't need DX11 anyway.

PSU: Sticking with my 650W, is that going to be enough for all this+ 3 hard disks?

Anyway this is just a rough framework and I'm more than willing to change it around at any suggestions. Only thing I ask is that I'd like to keep the cost pretty much around this. This will be the first "full" upgrade (Mobo and up) that I've handled completely by myself/without the help of IRL friends, so any first timer tips and do's/dont's? One concern I have is I'm not entirely sure my case can handle the motherboard, it's 19 inches long and 17 inches tall.

Another thing: I'm installing this on top of an existing operating system, what steps should I take to make it ready for the upgraded Mobo/CPU/RAM? Things I should uninstall first, etc?

Some/all of this may be incompatible or at least dumb so that's why I'm asking, I'm no pro at this.

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January 27, 2013 2:00:21 PM

Cant see which cpu that you picked out. The link goes to mobo.
Also what is your budget for these three components?
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January 27, 2013 8:54:09 PM

Sorry, must've gotten mixed up in copy pasting. I've fixed it as well as changed the motherboard (I discovered my tower is ATX and the dimensions of my old motherboard are the same as this one).

At the moment the total is around 300 but I'm willing to go up to around 400 if there's anything considerable to be gained.

One additional issue I have is that I have 2 ATA and 2 SATA hard disks, and I'd like to get the ATA's working on this new build if at all possible. What are my options in that regard?
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