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Old 08-28-2009, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, am looking to upgrade my motherboard, CPU and PSU to power this and future SLI (hopefully)

Ok here is my current set up.

Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+, MMX, ~2.4GHz (Overclocked from ~2.1GHZ)
Memory:
4GB DDR2 800Mhz (Limited by 32bit XP)
Hard Drive:
500 GB SATA 7200RPM
Video Card:
NVIDIA BFG GeForce 9800 GT
Sound Card:
Realtek HD Audio output
Operating System:
Windows XP Home Edition 32bit
Motherboard:
GeForce6100SM-M
PSU:
Am not sure but it is a 500W supply

Ok now I had this in mind, I really want a new CPU as mine is frankly rubbish and its getting hard to play modern games with good settings. To do this I will need a new motherboard as I want an AMD quad core. I also think I will need a larger PSU to power it but I also need one which will be able to power another GeForce9800GT in the future when I add one.

For the motherboard I need SLI ability, at least 1 ATA slot for my old IDE drive. A AM2+ CPU socket so I can use both my current CPU and then put in a new CPU this Christmas.

For October I will have £200 to spend and will have more for Christmas but am hoping to spend no more than £300.

So here is the motherboard I think is good: Play.com (UK) : MSI DKA790GX AM2 AMD-790GX 4X DDRII-1066 HD3300 Graphics Raid LAN E-SATA ATX Motherboard : Computing - Free Delivery

Now here is my main question, that motherboard has integrated ATI graphics. How will that affect my GeForce 9800GT? I heard you have to clear out ALL the ATI drivers, is that difficult to do?

I was planning on this CPU for Christmas time: AMD HD995ZXAGHBOX Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

I can get it for £115.

Now I found this PSU here: Play.com (UK) : CiT 750U / 750W / ATX / PSU / Power Supply Unit : Computing - Free Delivery
It seems cheap for 750W but the problem is it doesn't have the cable for 2 PCI-E 16x slots which I will need for SLI. Am really don't want to spend a lot on the PSU so does anyone know if you can buy the cable by itself or do they know a good PSU capable of running 2 GeForce9800GT cards and an AMD Quad Core.
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you cant sli on that msi mobo, it only supports crossfire. i think you will be needing a mobo with an nvidia chipset.

dont get the old phenoms, the newer phenom II's are much better.
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that is a cheap psu also, you dont want to skimp on that because it could fry the rest of your parts. look for brands like corsair, pc power & cooling, antec, ocz.
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you cant sli on that msi mobo, it only supports crossfire. i think you will be needing a mobo with an nvidia chipset.

dont get the old phenoms, the newer phenom II's are much better.
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that is a cheap psu also, you dont want to skimp on that because it could fry the rest of your parts. look for brands like corsair, pc power & cooling, antec, ocz.
Sorry I got the two motherboards I was looking at confused, this here is the one am interested in: Play.com (UK) : MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum / Socket AM2+ / nForce 750a SLI / ATX Motherboard : Computing - Free Delivery

Hmm I never thought I could get that CPU for that price, expected it to be at least £175...

Ok I could get the nForce750a for October, will also get a good quality branded PSU with everything needed for SLI then for Christmas I should be hopefully able to get that CPU.

My current AMD 64 X2 CPU will work in an AM2+ cpu socket until I get the PhenomII yes?

Hmm what about this PSU? Tornado 800w PSU for Dual Core systems SLI Ready: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
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yes, but i dont know much about nforce chipsets, so maybe you could stick around for someone elses input on whether thats a good mobo or not.
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yes, but i dont know much about nforce chipsets, so maybe you could stick around for someone elses input on whether thats a good mobo or not.
Ok thanks, you've been helpful :happy:

Oh just another question, how well will the motherboard and CPU work with overclocking?
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the phenom II cpus are good OCers. some of the members here have pushed them near or surpassed 4ghz. http://www.techist.com/forums/f10/te...p-list-169586/

it also depends on the mobo, if it has good OCing features.

i saw your edit above about the psu, and it still seems like a weak pick. thers just something about £50 for an 800w psu that makes it seem too good to be true, and it probably is. this will handle your upgrades and sli.
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