Motherboard , Power supply question and Review in general

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Flash8
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Hey how are you guys ?
I was wondering can you help me choose what motherboard to buy and review my power supply and whole pc in general.
I got the Intel core 2 duo processor E8400 3.0 GHZ and It's great I will not buy a new one and I will over clock it but I want to upgrade my motherboard which is the Gigabyte P35-DQ6 ..
And my power supply is HEC ACE 580ub produces 580watt what do you think of it?

My PC:
3gb Ram DDR2 >> Motherboard only supports DDR2 planning to buy 4*2 DDR2 as my motherboard only supports DDR2
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5
Cooler Master CM 690 Plus Case with a 580 power supply
Intel core 2 duo processor E8400 GHZ
Motherboard Gigabyte P35-DQ6
Planning to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler the Thermaltake Frio (2 x 120mm) Fan CPU Cooler

Flash8
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Help ?

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Help ?

dhlord64
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I can tell you right off the bat that your psu won't cut it with that GPU. It has only 18 amps on the 2 12v rails and it's not a top quality brand. Unless you can combine the 2 rails in to the GPU, then it won't work. The efficiency is also not good. You want at least 80 plus. It's not all about wattage although the wattage is fine.

Flash8
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what do you think of the rest of my pc ?

dhlord64
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Everything looks pretty good. Your mobo is pretty outdated but it's still good enough for today's standards and I don't know much about Intel processors. I would recommend at least a Quad core these days but it looks like you are content with it and don't want to upgrade.

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That E8400 is fine. I prefer Asus for my boards, but there is very little difference between Gigabyte and Asus. Why do you want to change boards?

The PSU will definitely need an upgrade. Only go above 3GB of RAM if you have Win 7 64-bit.

Why do you want that specific cooler? I would actually recommend a self-contained water cooler like the H50 for better cooling performance (for overclocking) and noise concerns.

E8400 Stock; CoolerMaster H50; Asus P5Q Deluxe; G. Skill 2*2GB + 2*1GB PC2 1066; Sapphire 4850; WD 6400AAKS; Win 7 Pro; PCP&C Silencer 750W; Antec 300

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dhlord64 wrote: I can tell you right off the bat that your psu won't cut it with that GPU. It has only 18 amps on the 2 12v rails and it's not a top quality brand. Unless you can combine the 2 rails in to the GPU, then it won't work. The efficiency is also not good. You want at least 80 plus. It's not all about wattage although the wattage is fine.

Second that. Wattage is fine (close to what I run), but the PSU itself is quite weak. 80 Plus with PFC is what you are looking for.

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Thanks a ton

Flash8
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what do you think of Antec BP 550 ?

eire1274
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Ergh... addressed that on your other post. Not a fan of SeaSonic (Antec) PSUs.

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Oh.. Sorry dude but thnx anyway