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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:35 PM
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Hi, I'm quite new to modifying computers and I was just wondering if somebody could double check what I had in mind and ensure its all compatible. Thanks in advance!

I'm planning on upgrading most of my computer, this includes the motherboard, processor, ram and the graphics card.

This is my current configuration:

Motherboard - MSI Boston
Processor - Socket LGA755 Intel 2220 Dual core
Ram - 3GB DDR2
Graphics card - NVidia GeForce 9400 GT
Case - CQ5011UK stock case
Power supply - Unknown, 300W, 240V

Items to upgrade to:

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H
Processor - Intel Core i3 550 LGA1156
Ram - 4GB DDR3
Graphics card - Radeon HD5450 1GB

Also, if it helps, I'm on 32 bit Windows Vista Home premium.

I would be very grateful if somebody would just check over these and make sure everything is compatible, e.g power, size, ect.

Thanks!

Jamy555
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 09:44 PM
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1st Windows 32bit will not use all of the 4gb memory, it will see it but only use approximately 2.75GB-3.25GB. This is a limitation of a 32bit operating system. 64bit can use basically unlimited memory.

You existing motherboard is probably what is called a uATX (9.6in X 8.6in), depending on the model of the Boston.

The Gigabyte you have selected is a MicroATX board (9.6in X 9.1in) so should not be a problem fitting into the case. Take a look and ensure that you have an extra 1/2 inch.

Processor and motherboard are compatible

Memory: Support for DDR3 2200+/1800/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules.

For that processor I would get DDR3-1333Mhz PC3-10660

Video Card

Motherboard has 1 PCIe x16 slot, 1 PCIe x16 slot running at 4x. 2 PCI slots. The Radeon HD5450 1GB is a PCI Express 2.1, but will work in that motherboard as 2.1 is backward compatible with 2.0.

I am concerned about your power supply. That video card will use approximately 20 watts. Plus your adding a more powerful processor. The video card calls for a minimum of a 400W power supply so the machine may not boot up.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 09:48 PM
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Thanks for responding quick! I thought there may have been a problem with the power supply, thanks for notifying me on that one.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 09:52 PM
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Also, what power watts would you recommend for me then?
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:20 PM
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If your going to get that card then a minimum of 400Watt power supply.

I would go a little larger, depending on your budget:

Examples:

HERE

Try to stay with name brands e.g.,

OCZ
Antec
Rosewell
Corsair

You will need one that has a minimum of at least one PCI-Express 1 x 6 pin connector, particularly if the new video card requires one.

Read the amperage of the power supply, the +12v is important. You should get one that has a minimum of at least 25A. If it has more than one +12V then all should total at least 25A

Here is a list of certified Power Supplies for that card.

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