New board, cpu & RAM

  donki 14:11 06 Nov 2009

Hi folks,

Ok upgrading for Xmas from my loyal 4200 dual core, I have spent the last month or so looking about and I think I have got my bundle together. However I know some of you are alot more in the know than I am so please tell me if there is a better alternitive,

MB - MSI 770-C45 AMD 770 AM3 DDR3 Support 8 channel Blu-ray Audio GB LAN

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CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3

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RAM - Corsair 2GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module Unbuffered x 2

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Computer is mainly for gaming, internet and alot of photo editing. Would this set up be seen as abouve entry level, how much of an increase in performance will i see? Total I was looking to spend was £200.

GFX card is a 8800GTS 640mb (still a solid enough standard I think).

Cheers for advice

  erkmatrix 16:47 06 Nov 2009

I'd go for different memory
G.Skill/A-DATA 4GB 1,600MHz Cl9 DDR3
click here

but nice choice for your prosessor and motherboard, good for the price.

If you'd stretch a little more I'd maybe go for the
Intel Core i5 750
click here

Happy upgrading anyhows

  donki 18:21 06 Nov 2009

Cheers mate, I wont be ordering till end of the month so il see if I can stretch it. Im intrested in this processor because apparently it can be unlocked to a quad core beast. I think I seen ur thread, how did ur upgrade go?

  GaT7 18:47 06 Nov 2009

Nice RAM ('Ripjaw') suggestion from junipaire, but the present RAM prices can just about rip your heart out too!

If you're a gamer, you'll probably find a better increase in performance for the money by upgrading the graphics card alone.

click here is a comparison between a 8800GT 512Mb & 8800GTS 640Mb, which suggests that a 8800GT >> 8800GTS. Then click here compares the 8800GT & HD4890, which suggests that a 4890 >> 8800GT. A 4890 sells for ~£140 click here. Make sure your PSU is capable enough though - needs one with at least 2x dedicated 6pin PCI-E connectors. G

  erkmatrix 07:54 07 Nov 2009

I agree with crossbow the 4890 gets some real good reviews and is a great for gaming.

My upgrading hasn't gone ahead yet now buying a whole new PC as kinda got hooked into getting a PC to make photoshop run faster and there was so many components I wanted to upgrade I figured I might as well sell my current machine and buy a new one for xmas. I was thinking about building my own but when I worked out a price it came to not much less than a quote I had so think I might as well get a warranty and have an expert do it.

thing with computers is theres always new stuff coming out it gets annoying thinking do I need this now, but I must admit can be good doing research on stuff.

  donki 13:00 07 Nov 2009

Thanks guys, I do intend to get a new GFX card too but I am playing Football Manager 2010 at the mo which is CPU hungry and I have Win 7 which i intend to switch to permenantly (running dual atm).

The whole tech moving on thing I have learnt to live with. To be honest I have had my 4200 for nearly 4 years and it has served me well, can still handle everything I want just want the extra power.

  GaT7 13:17 07 Nov 2009

Yes, I guess you don't need anything better if it's just for FM2010. G

  donki 10:18 13 Nov 2009

Just got all my components and installed all in about an hour, Win 7 64bit up and running nice and smooth, such an improvment over my old 4200.

Final Spec was:
CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3

MB - MSI 770-C45 AMD 770 AM3 DDR3 Support 8 channel Blu-ray Audio GB LAN

RAM - Corsair 2GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory Module Unbuffered x 2

OS - Win 7 OEM 64Bit

Found the ram in a local shop for £85!!! So the toal of the hardware came to £208.39, not a bad price considering i sold my old bundle on Ebay for £105. My Win 7 rating is 6.5, my HD pulls it down unfortunately. Best upgrade yet!!

  GaT7 10:58 13 Nov 2009

Looks good :-), thanks for letting us know.

£85 for 2Gb RAM is very expensive, even if it's DDR3. One could buy 6Gb for ~£60 not so long ago click here. And 8Gb of quality DDR2 RAM for £60-65 - that costs nearer £150 now! G

  donki 12:01 13 Nov 2009

It is 4 GB, i added a little x2 at the end :). So £85 for 4GB of DDR3 is good isn't it?

On a different note do you know anything about system/cpu temp? I downloaded MSI overclocker program and the alarm constantly goes off when I open it, my cpu hits 60 degrees under gaming load but idles around 35-40. Is this normal? I have to small back case fans, large front and stock fan.

  GaT7 14:10 13 Nov 2009

Yes, that's about right for the CPU temps. You'll need a better HSF cooler if you're going to do any overclocking - otherwise you could overheat & kill the chip. When you overclock, it's best to do so in tiny increments & preferably by changing settings in the BIOS rather than using software tools like the MSI one.

And yes, £85 for 4Gb is much better, but still very expensive - comparing prices from not so long ago anyway! G

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