Upgrade of Motherboard

arialph

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Hi I'm going to upgrade my board:

my current system specs:

Proc: Intel Q6600 2.4ghz B3
MB: Intel Q965GF
GPU: Inno3d 8600GT
RAM: 2gb DDR2 667 and 1gb DDR2 667
PSU: Generic 500W
Chassis fan: 80m x4

For the MB, I'm considering Gigabyte GA-EP43-US3L or Asus P5QL PRO.
I'm choosing P43 chipset because its cheaper and I won't be doing Xfire or SLI.

As for PSU, i'm considering Hec 500W Raptor

I will also be upgrading my GPU to a Inno3d GTX 260 216 OC will my PSU be enough?

Also after getting the board and PSU, i'll be overclocking the processor to 3.0ghz. I have after market cooling, Gigabyte G-Power Lite. Will this cooler suffice? Also do I have to get after-market cooler for my Northbridge?

Thanks for the help people! :)
 

p55ibexpeak

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You're upgrading the mobo with the same cpu? What's the upgrade exactly? Your B3 can't overclock as well as G0. Looks to me that it's not a gaming pc or you overspent on the cpu.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_260_us.html

Yep, 500W is enough for GTX 260, but you're gambling a hundred-dollars pc on a crappy psu. If it goes, everything goes.

What are the uses of this pc? What's your budget? What's the monitor resolution? What are you reusing?
 

ulysses35

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Firstly changing the mobo wont make a huge difference, but if you must swap your board then go for the P45 based boards - they perform better, even if they do cost more.

Performance wise I would swap the PSU & GPU instead. Generic PSU's are not the best quality and are not the most stable.

 

arialph

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@p55
I'm upgrading the mobo because the mobo can't be overclocked, and it's not built exactly built for quad-cores. I bought the B3, long before the G0 came out. I'm trying to build a Gaming PC. I'm going to use the PC for gaming, but nothing extreme. monitor resolution is 1600x900. I'll be reusing the Proc and RAM(hopefully) only.

@ulysses
yea, i'll be changing my PSU and GPU. GPU costs a lot haha. maybe i'll cut short in the MOBO and put more money in GPU.
 

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