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Upgrade to Current Desktop

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#1 Klinkaroo


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 05:19 PM

Hi, long time member returning from long idle looking at upgrading my desktop.


Current PC:

Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2

CPU: AMD Athlon 7750 Black Edition

RAM: 3.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 334MHz (5-5-5-15)

Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2N68-AM Plus (AM2)

Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (ASYUStek Computer Inc)

Hard Drive 1: 112 GB Intel SS DSA2CW120G3 SCSI Disk Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive 2: 298GB Western Digital WDC WD32 00AAKS-00VYA SCSI Disk Device (SATA)

Optical Drive: A DVD and DVD-RW drive

Audio: Onboard

Network: Wireless D-Link WDA-1320 Desktop Adapter


Current Use:

School Work (I.E. Microsoft Office)

Web Browsing, YouTube type stuff

Running older XP Software for various simulations (Not resource intensive)



What I would like to do but can't:

Run X-Plane at medium settings

Run very large Excel spreadsheets with minimal lag (many calculations to load with about 500 rows by 20 columns worth of data)

Have Youtube run a video on High Resolution while working on SketchUp with limited lag


My Planned Shopping Cart:

Motherboard: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67762&vpn=970A-G46&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar

Processor: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=76932&vpn=FD8350FRHKBOX&manufacture=Others&promoid=1145

Memory: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70136&vpn=KHX1600C9D3B1K2%2F8GX&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1145 or http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=78420&vpn=KHX16C10B1BK2%2F16X&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1145

Video Card: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=81930&vpn=GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1145

Wireless Card: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=78803&promoid=1448

Operating System: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=45271


A Few questions I have.

Am I missing anything on the compatibility of any of these parts to work together?

Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional? (XP Mode only runs on Pro and above but does anyone else know a way to run XP Mode on home premium?)

Is 8GB of Ram enough or would you recommend more?

I believe I have a 450W power supply currently, something I'll obviously check prior to ordering but what wattage would you recommend to run this system?

Currently brings me to a sub-total of 675$, I would like to keep it there or maybe bring that down to $500 if some parts are overkill.

I'll probably keep the current video card and use it to run a third monitor.

Anything not listed in the shopping cart that is required will be salvaged from the current desktop.

Edited by Klinkaroo, 24 October 2013 - 05:21 PM.

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 11:39 PM

Hi, the parts list that was provided looks good and to cut down on cost i would choose the cheaper Kingston ram apart from that i see no issues with it. Not sure if there is any other way to run XP mode on Home Premium but to purchase indepedent virtual software. 8GB is plenty for gaming and office-type tasks. If the 450W power supply is an high quality model then yes but at least 500W power supply would be more then enough. You cannot run a third monitor using the 8800GT when the new card is in but i think the 650ti can run 3 monitors.

System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png

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