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Mr. Jack

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I am out in the market for a new Intel Quad-Core.

In order to do that, I need a new Motherboard (mine currently is AMD) and I have been told that I need a new PSU in order to be able to run my new QC.

I have some parts picked out on Newegg for about $350 with everything. I was just wondering if this is the right choice. My budget AT MAX is about $450. I am looking for the best performance that will fit my budget. I am confident in my ability to buy computer parts...but I just want your guys' input on it.

If you can get me any better deals or parts...please leave a link and a comment. Thanks.

These are my current computer specs:

Manufacturer:
Compaq Presario 061
Processor:
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3500+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz
Memory:
1022MB DDR2 RAM
Hard Drive:
190 GB
Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT OC
PSU: 250W Bestec

+12V / 14A
+5V / 25A
+3.3V / 18A


These are the parts that I have picked out:


PSU:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817103012

CPU:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115018

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121323

Edited by Mr. Jack, 02 February 2008 - 02:14 PM.

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You'll need to add DDR2 memory. You only have DDR1 memory.
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Get DDR2 memory, it is about 3 times cheaper than DDR1 and would get 2GB of RAM
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Mr. Jack

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I DO have it....

I dunno why you guys would think that I dont...
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What are you planning to do? No program (at least none that I know of) is optimized for a quad core atm. Maybe go for one of the new 45 nm processors by Intel? The E8400 is a good choice. The mobo is fine but I can't really say to much about it, wait for someone else's opinion :) And about the PSU I'm completely the wrong person to ask, seems like it has enough AMPs to run your PC without a problem. To speed up your computer I'd really recommend getting another Gigabyte of DDR2 RAM.

Edited by QcX, 02 February 2008 - 04:40 PM.

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Yeah I have 2 GB of RAM...but one of my ports on my motherboard got fried and I can't use one of them...so i'm stuck without a GB of ram. :'(
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Alright, I don't see why no one has commented on your parts yet. The BIOS on Intel boards are horrid. Options are very limited and I am biased against them because I had one die on me after only a year and half. Don't get a mATX board unless you have to fit in a case that only takes mATX. If you are trying to put it in a compaq case you may have issues with the I/O pad not being removable. I suggest getting a new case as well.

I recommend a P35 chipset. They don't come in mATX like the G3x chipsets do.

The PSU you have selected is about as generic as it gets. Generic PSUs can put your system at risk. That Sparkle isn't much better than the Bestec you have (Bestecs are known for frying e-machines).

Also, you can get this CPU to save some money for a case and higher quality PSU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115029. It offers very close performance to the Q6600.


PSU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371006

If you want room to upgrade to better video card down the road you will probably want to get this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341012

Moterhboard: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128059

Case is a more of preference. Just browse around Newegg and find something you like. I usually always try to get something that atleast comes with a 120mm back fan.
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No program (at least none that I know of) is optimized for a quad core atm.

Many multimedia applications are optimized for quad cores CPUs.

I recommend a P35 chipset. They don't come in mATX like the G3x chipsets do.

That would depend on whether or not the OP has a discret GPU.


The BIOS on Intel boards are horrid

Agreed, you can get better for roughly the same price.

Just a heads up, the CPU you choose is OEM, meaning it doesn't come with a heatsink. It'll be something else you need to buy (no the AMD stock heatsink won't worK).
James

Edited by james_8970, 03 February 2008 - 02:09 PM.

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In his intial specs given it says he has a 8600GT OC.
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Alright well this weekend I did some more shopping online. Using Titan's links

I had some advice/help with one of my friends who knows a tad bit more about it than I do. Here is my new list of upgrades:

CPU: http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=2758

CPU FAN: http://www.tigerdire...e...0&CatId=493

PSU: http://www.tigerdire...dy=REVIEWS#tabs

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128059

With these new parts I was forced to up my price rage to about 500+

But I don't think I will be able to afford a new case atm.

Edited by Mr. Jack, 04 February 2008 - 03:19 PM.

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This PSU that I suggested is much better than the $120 PSU you found: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341012. In fact that PSU you have selected has two dead giveaways that it is a POS. One is the LEDs. The second is the 110v/220v switch on back. Typically only low quality PSUs have these.


With the extra money you can easily get a quality case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119106

I was telling you get a new case because a full size ATX board will most likely not fit in your current one.

Also, this fan is a bit cheaper and has shown to outperform high performance coolers at stock speeds: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835186009

Edited by Titan8990, 04 February 2008 - 03:27 PM.

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