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Don't plan on overclocking a quad core with that mobo
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Just the GPU will be OC'd as a definite, if I do OC the CPU it will be very mild.
    
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I would upgrade the CPU to an i5 750 for ~$140 with a ~$50 motherboard with $110 left, then sell the old CPU+Board+GPU for $80 in the worst case.

He'll have $190 for a GPU, more than enough for a GTX560TI.

Yes more hassle, but a better system in the end. thumb.gif
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Looks like I'm going to probably run with a Q6600 and a GTX285 1GB, while comparing performance through a few cards: http://www.hwcompare.com/1460/geforce-8800-gt-512mb-vs-geforce-gtx-285-1gb/

Seeing he's using XP still and only running FSX, the best bang for the buck is with the GTX285 (not even that far behind the 560ti..)
    
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post #15 of 17
DO NOT upgrade the CPU at this point, most quads will be outdone by an i3 which can be had for less, matched with an affordable MB + ram can end up at the same price yet yielding better performance, with maybe a used 460 would be great....

for example something like this ( I just put a pc together to lug around the house like this one but with a giga z68 board local on sale and some cheap vengeance ram. No discrete graphics and it is VERY quick with a slight bump in GPU mhz ; around +200mhz)

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that + a $100 GPU is something to look at also.

iI realize bombing your thread with these "crazy" ideas are rude, I apologize, but after going to 1155, you wont look back.
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post #16 of 17
There was a lapped Q9550 in the appraisals section (not sure if it went to the FS section)--was around $100 appraised, give or take. That leaves a decent amount for a reasonable gfx card, which I don't have much suggestions for. HD6850 or GTX550ti would probably be a decent match to the Q9550.
    
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post #17 of 17
unless that 285 is less than 85$ you might want to look around at some pre-owned yet more modern cards
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