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pretty much im a gamer, its time to update my system

its an old sony vaio PCV-rx650 with:
p4 1.6 ghz
512 PC2 100 DDR RAM
Nvidia RIVA TNT2 model 64

im looking to upgrade the mobo, cpu, vid card, memory, and i need a new power suply.

ive looked through all the reviews and this is what im lookin to buy
mobo: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121287
cpu: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116171
vid card: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130220
memory: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820220045
power suply: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817171007

im not sure if the mobo will fit in my case, its a sony vaio case, (grey with purple trim on the front, if anyone has seen it)

can anyone help me, and see if the mobo is compatible with all that?

also i had a quesiton about the memory
if i have multiple slots for memory, can i just add the new one with my old 512. wouldnt 1.5g be more powerful than just 1g. or can we not do that?
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Welcome to G2G

I'm afraid you couldn't have selected parts which are more incompatible than those you listed!
The motherboard you've listed is a socket 775 CPU board but you've matched it with a Pentium 4 (socket 478) cpu.
Also that particular motherboard uses DDR2 memory and PCI Express video, whereas you've listed standard DDR memory & AGP video. (A motherboard that supports PCI-Express will NOT support AGP graphics)

The only item that will work with these is the power supply.

I suggest you keep the cpu/video/ram you've selected & change the motherboard for one that supports P4 CPUs (socket 478), DDR400 & AGP Video slot.

I notice you also mentioned adding your old ram into the new system. Even if you do opt for a motherboard that supports DDR400 ram, installing your old ram alongside it will actually slow the system down as all the ram modules will be forced to run at the speed of the slowest module.

Re. the Vaio case, I can't say for certain but I suspect, knowing Sony, that the Vaio case will not take a non-Vaio motherboard, so you would need to upgrade the case as well.

To be honest, I personally would recommend that you simply sell the Vaio as a complete working system then use the proceeds from that towards building a brand new system from scratch, rather than breaking up the Vaio in order to salvage parts from it.
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