Hello ladies n' gents, I'm planning on upgrading my CPU from:
D-ATHLON 64 x2 5200+ AM2 DC processor
to an i7 4770k. However the problem is that the sockets don't align and therefore I'll end up having to replace my foxconn nforce 590 SLI motherboard. My knowledge about computer hardware is only as far as the internet can take me, which is a whole lot but limited in practicality. My current desktop computer is an aurora 7500 R4 which i purchased back in 06. My desktop PC currently has the following:
-Full-tower black case 2.0B alienware P2 Chassis (will this mechanically/physically constrain putting/choosing a new motherboard?)
-2GB of ram (XG691 QIMONDA 1GB DDR2 PC2-6400 JEDEC STD REV. EU)
[i'll get back to this later in my thread post]
-Integrated audio c51XEM2AA sound card (Will I have to alter this so its compatible with the new motherboard?)
-Geforce Gtx 460 1GB (I assume the GPU slot of the new motherboard will be compatible with the 460?)
-Alienware 750 watt OEM ATX PSU (I couldn't find the complete specs of this on any online source nor the alienware website, will this be sufficient for running the new CPU?)
-XP operating system
-Thermaltake 760is bigwater liquid cooling system connected to my current CPU (can this work on an i7 CPU?)
I have the complete list of specs for my PC but I think this is sufficient information to make any decisions as installing a new motherboard is reliant on the surrounding hardware i have installed.
My major reason for upgrading my CPU in the first place is that my fps playing online games has bit the dust since I last played, which was 60 fps flat in WOW back in 08-09. People are pointing the finger at my old CPU and recommended me an i7 which will make a world of a difference.
So my questions, on top the pre-existing ones, are:
1) Is this drastic change necessary? or can a small tweak like increasing my ram to 4g make the difference i need?
2)Should I just purchase a new desktop tower? I am reluctant on this decision because of all the work I've done to it. It runs great, just need extra juice to keep up with modern technology
3)If you guys recommend the motherboard swap, could you answer the previous questions I had in my specs list.
Thanks a lot for your time!
Any advice or recommendations is greatly appreciated!