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  1. 911nimo

    911nimo Thread Starter

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    Hello, I am considering upgrading my PC ...

    specifications...
    CPU: Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
    MoBo: Gigabyte EP31-DS3L rev.2.1 ( BIOS upgraded to FDc Beta)
    RAM: 2x 1GB DDR2 667MHz
    GPU: Gigabyte nVidia Geforce 8400 GS
    HDD: WD 500GB caviar blue & WD 2TB caviar green
    DVD RW drive
    stock 1000w PSU

    since money is a little tight , I am considering keeping my MoBo and RAM, and start the upgrade with:
    Intel Core2Quad Q8300 2.5GHz

    over the next couple of month I might get:
    GIGABYTE nVidia GTS 250 1GB

    the question is is that gonna work out or the MoBo & the 667mhz RAM wont do it....

    also, a friend told me that cheap stock PSUs wont handle the core 2 quad and the GTS, and i would have to get a very expensive OCZ PSU...
    is that true? or can a cheap stock PSU still get my by, even if it means getting a weaker GPU as I am not much of a gamer... the only reason I thought about the GTS is to maybe try out CUDA video encoding.... and i have been using stock PSUs forever without any real problems...

    (i know they get worn out over time, so what? i have to change the PSU every 10 months or so, still a bargain for me )...

    the CPU is the main reason why I am upgrading.... The PC is on almost 24/7 and i do a lot of video Encoding....

    Thanks in advance....
     
  2. bigbear

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    The bare minimum you need to consider is mobo,cpu & ram.
    The cpu you posted is not going to fit your old mobo
     
  3. 911nimo

    911nimo Thread Starter

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    first of all thanks for the quick reply... may you elaborate?

    what do you mean when you say it wont fit? the CPU is a socket755 and it's supported by the MoBo with BIOS beta version FDc as stated on the official website http://ee.giga-byte.com/products/mb/cpulist/ga-ep31-ds3l_21.html

    or do you mean it wont be good performance wise...

    and what about the ram? if it is necessary, I can exchange the old ones for DDR2 1066MHz...

    thanks again :)
     
  4. bigbear

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    Yea sorry I did make an assumption that a mobo running an intel p4 would not run a core2quad seems I am wrong :eek: but then I am more of an AMD fan ;)
     
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