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Need help deciding what upgrades to overclock this stuff please!

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Alright so this is my situation. I currently have the following system. I got it for free and I need to upgrade or remake this system to handle some newer games and most importantly overclock it a bit (alot hopefully ).

Dell XPS 420
Dell BTX form case
Generic Crappy X38 dell Mobo
Intel E8400 (stock 3.0ghz)
4GB Hyundai 800mhz ram
ATI HD4850 (625->690/925->1200)

I have tried to overclock this thing using just setFSB but the thing is seriously cooking at 60 idle and 80 load at stock speed with this crappy dell cooling.

Alright so I have about $400 to somehow pimp this thing out... I found someone selling a Q9450/8gb kingston 800mhz ram/MSI P7N SLI Platinum for about $270... however I don't think my gfx card will fit in that.

Anyways I don't know what type of suggestions I can possibly get but thats why im posting
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The best upgrades would be to grab a motherboard that supports crossfire (with a P45 chipset), grab a new cooler (Tower with 120mm fans that supports Push/Pull, i.e. CM 212+) and a 2nd 4850. In total it should cost you ~ 200, allow you to over clock, and have twice the GPU performance.
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nonoononononononoononono
no
don't upgrade that rig is both old and an oem two big nono's
get some low price used parts, that q9450 deal is good and the 4850 should/will fit since it's x16 and there 3 x16 slots on the mb
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I just thought I couldn't use ATI card in that Nvidia mobo. Thats what the seller told me (because its an SLI mobo)
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Umm... I wouldnt upgrade the dell. Its an OEM pc, and my experience with those goes like this:
Upgrading one part will require upgrading another. And so on, untill you have a new PC. This will, in the end, be much more costly than building a new pc which will last longer. I recommend saving that money, possibly waiting a little longer, and building something newer that will last longer (future proofing*). Reason being, the PSU is weak in those dells. The mobo is crap for what you want. The RAM is limited and very board-specific. The CPU is the best thing out of it, but upgrading around the CPU limits how modern your parts will be. That leads to parts which are not in production anymore, meaning higher prices.

Take that any way you want.
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post #6 of 8
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I actually upgraded the PSU when I got the HD4850. Its an earthwatts 800watt with triple +12

I just think getting a Q9450 at even 3.2ghz (BSEL mod? that work on it?) will probobly hold me off for another year until I can build a new rig (with the next gen parts)
Edited by BraedonH - 11/7/11 at 6:44pm
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I actually upgraded the PSU when I got the HD4850. Its an earthwatts 800watt with triple +12

I just think getting a Q9450 at even 3.2ghz (BSEL mod? that work on it?) will probobly hold me off for another year until I can build a new rig (with the next gen parts)
Well... I cant stop you from buying what you want. So il suggest what to upgrade

Start with a new CPU cooler. The hyper 212+ is the best bang for your buck. It should really help with reducing the noise that your comp is prolly making right now, too.

Upgrading from your CPU to the other one will be a smallest difference for the amount of money, ever. I think your better off getting a new MoBo that will allow overclocking, as your chip is quite good for it. Find a decent MoBo and get to it! If your into overclocking, it should be plenty of fun. Im sure you can bring your current chip up to 3.5 with after market cooling.

Might even have enough money left over to crossfire you GPU, the PSU Should handle it.
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post #8 of 8
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Yeah no matter what I need a new cooler. The dell cooling system actually has no fans.. completely silent and probably why the cpu runs 60 idle/80 load lol

For the case im just going to grab a Zalman Z9 or one of those 300 series case.. both about $50
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