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Windows 7: Upgrading CPU need help

24 Apr 2012   #1

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Upgrading CPU need help

I have been using a desktop with a pentium 4 for about a year.
I want to upgrade the cpu to a intel and I have been looking and I found a good deal
I was thinking I could slap this in it and use all my computer parts except for the ram and psu
Will this be ok for gaming on mid settings and browsing? (its not meant to be a super computer)
Ill upgrade from my gt 520 and get a nvidia or radeon (Suggest one pls) (a really good one)
MSI H61M-P23 B3 Intel H61 Motherboard and Intel Core i3-2100 3.10 GHz Dual Core Processor Bundle at TigerDirect.com
I dont know where id post this


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24 Apr 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

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This board has pretty poor specs. No USB3 or eSata ports. No PCI-e X4, no HDMI. I would not buy it.
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24 Apr 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
This board has pretty poor specs. No USB3 or eSata ports. No PCI-e X4, no HDMI. I would not buy it.
Well wouldn't it work? I mean I'm using a 2004 machine right now... its only a temp build...
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24 Apr 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Sure it would work. But why go for the second best. Have a look at Newegg. I am sure they have better options. I happen to like this one:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=ASRock%20Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3%201155%20Motherboard


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybmqpqe6QT0
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24 Apr 2012   #5

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24 Apr 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

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The i5K is good for OC and so is the board.
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24 Apr 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The i5K is good for OC and so is the board.
I honestly don't have the money. Are there any amd alternatives to the i5?
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24 Apr 2012   #8
whs
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24 Apr 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irbullet View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The i5K is good for OC and so is the board.
I honestly don't have the money. Are there any amd alternatives to the i5?
I believe that AMD doesn't provide much competition for the I5-2500k at the moment.

Something like a Phenom II X4 965 BE might do better than an I3-2100, at about the same price. The chips with more cores (Phenom II X6, FX) might be attractive if you need to run software that can efficiently use multiple cores.

It appears that Dell may use a proprietary connector for the front panel stuff. It may require some extra effort to use an industry standard motherboard in a Dell case, even if your GX280 is one that can fit a standard format (microATX or ATX) board. (Dell made GX280 PCs in a variety of form factors. Which one do you have? If you don't know, take the service tag number to support.dell.com.)

If you want a graphics card, it looks like the best available that doesn't require an auxiliary PCI-E power connection uses the Radeon HD 6670 chipset. I hope that your PSU has enough capacity to support one. Also, that your case can accept full-height graphics cards.

What's your budget? A quck look at www.newegg.com suggests that you could get a Phenom II X4 965BE (retail, with heat sink/fan), an inexpensive AM3+ motherboard, and 2 X 2 GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, for roughly $200US. A 6670 graphics card would add $65.

Maybe your best course would be to plan and save for a new build. Here's a $500 example:

April 2012 Gaming Computer Builds

You might be drawn into wanting to spend more money, though. If you started with an I5-2500k ($220) and a Radeon HD 7950 ($400), I imagine that you could build a high-end machine for not too much over $1k. That's a lot, but you'd get rapidly diminishing returns in spending more.
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24 Apr 2012   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irbullet View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The i5K is good for OC and so is the board.
I honestly don't have the money. Are there any amd alternatives to the i5?
I believe that AMD doesn't provide much competition for the I5-2500k at the moment.

Something like a Phenom II X4 965 BE might do better than an I3-2100, at about the same price. The chips with more cores (Phenom II X6, FX) might be attractive if you need to run software that can efficiently use multiple cores.

It appears that Dell may use a proprietary connector for the front panel stuff. It may require some extra effort to use an industry standard motherboard in a Dell case, even if your GX280 is one that can fit a standard format (microATX or ATX) board. (Dell made GX280 PCs in a variety of form factors. Which one do you have? If you don't know, take the service tag number to support.dell.com.)

If you want a graphics card, it looks like the best available that doesn't require an auxiliary PCI-E power connection uses the Radeon HD 6670 chipset. I hope that your PSU has enough capacity to support one. Also, that your case can accept full-height graphics cards.

What's your budget? A quck look at www.newegg.com suggests that you could get a Phenom II X4 965BE (retail, with heat sink/fan), an inexpensive AM3+ motherboard, and 2 X 2 GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, for roughly $200US. A 6670 graphics card would add $65.

Maybe your best course would be to plan and save for a new build. Here's a $500 example:

April 2012 Gaming Computer Builds

You might be drawn into wanting to spend more money, though. If you started with an I5-2500k ($220) and a Radeon HD 7950 ($400), I imagine that you could build a high-end machine for not too much over $1k. That's a lot, but you'd get rapidly diminishing returns in spending more.
I have a mini tower. But if it doesnt work ill run out and buy a new case. And could could you link me to the amd phenom and motherboard and gpu? And im 14 I CANNOT build a amazing computer. I dont want one.. I dont need one.. i also do not have that much money. I stated before
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