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I just have a few quick question's for those who read this, I dont have the best expertise with computers, just basic know-how i would like to say, but ive been having trouble's with finding a new cpu and motherboard that would be compatible with my gfx card, psu, and hdd.
these are the 3 upgrades I would like to get;
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996&Tpk=FX-4100
mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178382

im working on a budget so i felt like those would be best options for price/performance, my first question now is do you see anything wrong with those 3 upgrades? like would they work with each other first off, im pretty sure i did my research right and they would work but a second opinion would be best. now my second question is would they work with a seagate 500gb HHD with Sata 3.0 gb's, a asus gtx 560, and a 700w ocz fatality psu? i also have my copy of windows 7 ultimate 64 bit (cd install disc and key)

SORRY: if i put this is the wrong forum thread, i wasn't sure where to post it, just felt like this would be the best place to start .
post #2 of 18
Thats a good start but Im got a little confused by your post stating "finding a new cpu and motherboard that would be compatible with my gfx card, psu, and hdd."

Your GPU, PSU, HDD is compatible with almost everything AMD and Intel (except your GPU maybe with the new APU's) so thats a non issue.

also whats your budget?
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well, to be truthfully honest i don't reallly know how much i want to spend on a new computer, I was going to sell my old components for funding towards the new build, price isnt a big big factor, but i don't want to go crazy expensive on 3 thing's if that makes sense? hate to say it but im gonna go with a max $450-$500 for a cpu, mobo, and ram. I mostly use my computer for gaming, maybe video editing and photoshop/after effects once in awhile. I chose that CPU for the stock GHz speed and OC speed's since i feel like that would be more then enough for my needs, the motherboard and ram i went for the price, but i got a pm from someone saying my mobo could be a bit better incase i choose to oc past the 3.8 (i assume that's what he meant) and the more i think about it, just as a safety precaution ive been thinking of changing it out for a better one, same with the ram he link'd me these..
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
i like those more cuz of the cooling fin's compared to the PNY ram, it seems like a better buy for $5 more, if it help's at all my case is also a cooler master haf 932 and for a cpu cooler im using: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003
I could be wrong about that cpu heatsink but as i look at mine and compare it to that one, the only difference that i can see by eye is my fan is clear and glows green tongue.gif
Also im confused about what you said here bravo "(except your GPU maybe with the new APU's)" can u explain a bit for me? and im sorry if i confused u again i tried my best lol
post #4 of 18
Sry, the APUs are AMD's new Fusion CPU's with built in AMD graphics, (Great performance for a budget build) when people get these they pair the APU with a matching AMD GPU and crossfire it. Your GPU wouldn't be compatable. But that said you have a nice GPU and it would be compatible with everything else on the market. I was checking out that cooler you picked and looks good, 107 mostly positive reviews has to say something. Like I said your parts look good for your budget If I see something better I'll post it. Also use the Asus M5a97 Evo myself and I can say that mobo is great so I would recommend that one, my MOBO OC's my 1100t to 4.3 GHZ with no problems. thumb.gif
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Ohh! alright i get what u meant now, so if i was to change my mobo i should look for something that says AMD lets go with a 5450 built in gpu i would then have to get a ati card rather then use my nvidia card? but if i was to get a mobo with a nforce chipset or no onboard video graphics i'd be good to go with using my 560?
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would you say if i was to get this CPU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

i would then have to get a ATI card since that motherboard has "A-Series APU"
post #7 of 18
Yes if your going to AMD Fusion APU, Then you would want to get an AMD Radeon HD 6670 video card and run the system in crossfire. But that will also limit future upgrades, So if you go with your first setup Asus M5A97 and 4100 FX you can always upgrade your GPU/ CPU in the furure without having to buy a new MOBO.


Sry I confused the issue abit. Nivida and AMD graphic cards card be used on either MOBO running AMD and Nivida chipsets, so you can use a Nvidia card on an AMD board and an AMD card on an Intel Board.
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ok! i understand fully now! smile.gif ha thx alot bravo! now if will i have to reinstall window's once i got my new cpu, mobo and ram all hooked up? (since im using my old HDD) or should i back up my files on to my external hdd and start from scatch?
post #9 of 18
It's a good idea but I think you over looked something big, upgrade path. Everything else in the build is great but the Mobo. You should look at a costlier, but more expense and well built motherboard. because AM3+ will be around for at least 5 more years a strong Mobo would save you alot of money in the long run!
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Hold the other on Newegg.ca, don't buy everything there!  You're overspending by at least $30 due to high shipping costs.  The best place to buy computer parts from in Canada is from a Canadian retailer.  Look to a retailer such as NCIX or MemoryExpress or CanadaComputers for your parts.  Newegg.ca has a lower price?  Every single one of these Canadian retailers will price match down to the Newegg price or pretty much the price of any valid Canadian competitor.  And because shipping is Canada -> Canada and not US -> Canada, shipping is often cheaper.

 

Trust me, as an experienced Canadian computer shopper, you will save a crapton if you shop for your PC at a Canadian retailer.

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