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Old 05-27-2011, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgradeing my Dell dimension e521

Hello all,

i have a dell dimension E521 i bought about 4 years ago. im going to school for game programing and design. with all the programs i have to run on my computer it is extremeley boged down now. i am constantley running the following:

3Ds max 2011
maya 2011
mudbox 2011
flash cs4
photoshop cs4
windows visual studio 2008

needless to say i need multitaking power and lots of system memory. This is what i was looking to upgrade my compuer with. the one big thing i need help with is i dont know if the new processor i want will fit the motherboard. here is what i want to do to it. all parts are from newegg.com

Qty. 2
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231455

Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN Fans
Item #:N82E16835116021

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 100311SR Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #:N82E16814102915

Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115070

will all of this give me the bang im looking for in my computer to handle what i want it to do? do i need a new motherboard also?

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Default Re: Upgradeing my Dell dimension e521

If -this- is your computer then first and foremost you would need a new motherboard to handle everything except the fans and video card you posted, and that video card in the current system would be (I believe) bottlenecked by the current CPU. Actually on second look don't believe the current PSU could handle that graphics card anyway.

You are probably better off posting what budget you were looking to spend on upgrades, and what your preferences are (AMD vs Intel, ATi vs Nvidia) and let the Newegg virtuosos on these boards produce some awesome box for you.
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