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  • Started 1 year ago by whs
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whs
whs
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Hi Rick,

In Germany I have a 4 year old Dell Inspiron 530, System Service Tag: 4LCRN3J.

I plan to upgrade that with this CPU and I am looking at this board. But since I do not know much about boards, I wonder whether that would pass your test - or maybe you have something better to suggest that is in the same price range.

I will go with the on-board 400 graphics because my graphics requirements are very modest. And the 400 had very good tests. I think I can get away with the current 300W PSU since the CPU needs only 77W and there will be no GPU.

I plan for 16GB of RAM (4x4) but have no clue which is the best. I would go with 1600s but maybe you have a good suggestion.

I am also looking for a good CPU cooler since the Ivy Bridge is said to run hot. Any suggestion ??

I already have an OCZ 128GB Vector and the box has 2 HDDs.

What do you think.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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This is standard Z77 (4000) ATX Dimension MB by ASRrock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6813157295

Ram should be 2 X 8GB Modules.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6820233299

CPU should be this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6819116501

Pick a Cooler from this chart for simple water cooling CPU.

For an Air Cooler use this instead of water cooling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6835103099

Only Problem I fore see is that skimpy 300 Watt Supply. :( :(

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whs
whs
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Thanks Rick for the input. 3 questions;

1. Why would I want to go for a K-model CPU. I have no plans to OC
2. Why 2x8GB in lieu of 4x4. I thought 4x4 may be faster
3. Why is the 300WPSU 'skimpy'. There are really no big power users in the box - the Board, CPU, 2 HDDs, SSD, CD ROM and a few ports.

The board looks good and so does the air cooler.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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The CPU K model gives you ability to set CPU timings by unlocked multiplier.

The K CPUs will normally clock up to 4.8 speed [ when needed ] that helps to get the most out of the 4000 video which is good for making video tutorials and such.

The MB has a max of 32GB of memory.

If in the future you need more than 16GB of memory, then can just add Two more sticks without getting rid of 4 existing modules.

The Intel Components are designed to support 1600 Ram at 9,9,9,24 or 2T timings so the modules match Intel Design Criteria.

The Air Cooler will be Fine for the MB as Clearance should not interfere with the Ram Modules.

If you decide to ever use an external video card, the 300 Watt PSU will not work.

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whs
whs
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Good input Rick. I understand the limitations of the 300W PSU.

Some people say that Intel boards are the best. What is your take ?? They cost more money.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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If you mean Intel Branded mother boards, they are really manufactured by Foxconn in China.

Intel MBs are "vanilla" as Intel wants to sell plenty of its' components to other 2nd party MB fabricators who normally put more features into their products.

Intel keeps its' own brand name boards high in price in order to maintain the oligopoly for their component sales.

It's all about total Intel company revenue and NOT about Intel mother board sales or the quality of their product.

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whs
whs
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OK understand. So we'll go with ASRock.

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ronniesonora
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whs, not trying to butt in, but I used the same mobo and cooler Rick recommended. From the bottom of my mobo to the top of the cooler is 6-7/8 in.
I checked your case width and it's only 6.7 in. So you might want to check that before you buy.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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ASRock is known in the industry as the "little brother" of Asus but officially I don't think there is a connection.

Since you have decided on the extreme 6, you will be getting one of their Top of the Line products so no worry.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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As Ronnie said, there could be problem with that case ??

Physical

Height
36.2 cm (14.2 inches)

Width
17.0 cm (6.7 inches) [ Ronnie's stack height is 6.875 inches ]

Depth
43.5 cm (17.1 inches)

Weight
12.7 kg (28.0 lb)

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ProstheticHead
ProstheticHead
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Isn't that a Micro ATX case? The mobo you're looking at is full ATX as far as I can tell.

EDIT: I used to have a Dell 530. IIRC, it is mATX and has only a single 60 or 90mm exhaust fan for cooling, so even if you choose another board that will fit, you will probably have trouble cooling it effectively.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Here is the 530 whs has now.
http://support.dell.com/suppor.....pendix.htm

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whs
whs
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It is a midsize tower. There ought to be enough room. Although the Dells are more cramped than the HPs and they have no disk bays.

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ProstheticHead
ProstheticHead
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Like this?

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whs
whs
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Yeah, that's it. Mine is prettier - all shiny, LOL.

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ProstheticHead
ProstheticHead
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I'm pretty sure it's a micro tower then. So you'll probably need to add a case to your shopping list. :)

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Cheap Mid Size Case. $60 USD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6811129042

Notice restrictions with Large External Video Cards
18.30" x 8.10" x 18.00"

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ronniesonora
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whs, if your like me your trying to save every dollar you can. If you decide on another case, this is the one I went with. Nice case with a lot of room for expansion. http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6811129179

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presence1960
presence1960
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I like that case (Antec 300), I may order one myself.

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whs
whs
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Thanks for all the suggestions. But the tower will be fine - I think. I had it apart a few times and know how it looks inside. Would hate to rip the whole thing apart. But I can really only tell for certain when I am back in Germany where the system is. Here I have a XPS 8300. That is a bit bigger.

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