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Julio

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I want to upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit to 64-bit, Intel BOXDP43TF LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX, Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775, and 4GB of DDR2 555MHz memory.

I want to spend up to $150 on MB. I want to upgrade processor to something more robust. And I want to upgrade to 8GB of faster memory. I don't need graphics on MB as I have a ATI Radeon 5450 with which I'm happy.

What do you suggest?

Thanks!!!

Edited by Julio, 08 November 2011 - 03:32 PM.

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Hi Julio
Please clarify, you say you want to spend up to $150 on a MB but do not state a budget for a CPU, Ram or the 64-bit OS.
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Well, I figure I'll spend what it takes on those, but a reasonable amount. Thanks.
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MB http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131646 I suggest this as it has an integrated video chip, handy in case of emergency.
MBs QVL available @ http://www.asus.com/...DV_EVOUSB3/#MSL check the CPU support list and the Memory Device Support tabs, the information there will help you get the best for your budget.
OS 64-bit W7 $99.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116986
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THANKS! hat about a processor and memory.
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Consider very carefully before going for an SSD. This article is very good. Take the troulbe to folow the links provided.

http://www.hardware-...-november-2011/
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I haven't read the article yet, but i don't think I would go with SSD. Thanks.
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After looking at the article, I think I might go for an SSD for the boot drive. :)
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First off, I know that you stated you wanted to spend $150.00 on a Motherboard, but I would highly recommend this motherboard which is only $50.00 extra.

Motherboard --- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO

Asus has a utility built into the BIOS called UEFI, which makes overclocking INCREDIBLY EASY... And I cannot stress that enough... All you have to do is press a button, and it is an automated process based on calculations

Asus technicians have predefined. (I have this board, and a Core i7 2600K ... Which comes stock out of the box at 3.4 GHZ and has a Turbo boost up to 3.8 ... After overclocking with this 1 step utility... My CPU has been

pushed to 4.4 GHZ... Which in my eyes is a pretty nice overclock for not having to do any work).

Anyway,

In regards to the rest of the components..

I would recommend for a CPU (Processor) both of which are "Second Generations" (AKA "Sandy Bridge"):

1.) Intel Core i5 2500k --- Intel Core i5 2500k

or

2.) Intel Core i7 2600k (which is 100 dollars more) --- Intel Core i7 2600k

*** Both of these processors (CPU's) fit the motherboard stated above (They use LGA 1155) ***

Both of which come with amazing speeds, and if you choose to overclock them will not disappoint you in the slightest.

As for memory, I would recommend this:

1.) 8 Gigabytes of GSKILL Ripjaws X Series --- GSKILL Ripjaws

A neat thing about this memory in particular is that it is specifically designed for 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors and the Z68/P67 motherboards.

Also, I saw that you were possibly mowing the idea over about getting a SSD... Well, let me tell you from personal experience. If you purchase an SSD to solely store your operating system

you will LOVE the speed at which your computer boots up at. From the time I push the power button on my PC until the time that I am in Windows, it times out at 14 seconds!

If your looking to purchase an SSD, I recommend this one in particular:

1.) OCZ Solid State Drive --- SSD

(Even though its only 60 Gigs, you can easily fit Windows 7 64 Bit + A few more Applications onto it) (**I have Windows 7 64 Bit + Battlefield 3 Installed on mine**)

And to top it all off, I am not sure what kind of power supply you are using... But you may have to upgrade to a higher wattage if you are upgrading to newer components such as the ones

listed above (I recommend an 850 Wat).

In all, I hope this helped guide you in a good direction.

Message me if you have any questions!

- Basmastersix

Edited by Basmastersix, 09 November 2011 - 11:07 PM.

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THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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After looking at the article, I think I might go for an SSD for the boot drive. :)


I highly recommend spending a few dollars more and using a SSD for your OS. I absolutely love mine. Everything is just lighting fast. If you go that route, post back and we advise you about changing some settings in the OS that will optimize the SSD and increase it's reliability.
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Yeah, that's what I planned to use it for. THANKS!!!!!
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If you have a shopping or wish list put together? Please post it so we can review the components.
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No. And I'm thinking now I won't be able to do it as soon as I'd hoped as some other stuff came up. But I've saved the components in my favorites and will probably purchase them in the future. I'll post back when I do. BTW, I'm not a gamer, do you think I still need an 800 watts PSU, I have 500.

Man, I'm glad I checked here, I didn't realize how far along components have come. I currently have:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121351

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115036

http://www.amazon.co...4741355&sr=1-31

http://i471.photobuc...tos/Capture.jpg (memory - 4GB)

Edited by Julio, 11 November 2011 - 11:22 AM.

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The parts you have listed are the older technology. Your upgrade path will be very limited.

Mobo, Z68 platform, Socket 1155. Has all the latest features, plenty of CPUs to choose from and in a couple of years you could upgrade to the Intel Ivy Bridge CPU.


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157271 $125.00

CPU. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115093 $135.00

RAM. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233186 $ 40.00

DVD. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204 $ 18.00

PSU. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371048 $ 80.00

CASE. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066 $ 70.00

SSD. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227550 $100.00

OS. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116986 $100.00


Prices may change, Total, EXCLUDING taxes and shipping. $668.00

The SSD is a little small to hold a lot of DATA, So consider adding something like the Samsung ! Tb. Prices are very high at the moment so have not put it in the total.

Let us know what you think.

Edited by iammykyl, 12 November 2011 - 07:40 PM.

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