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Ok, so i desperately need to upgrade my computer.. i cant handle the lag im getting from lightroom/photoshop... things im looking at right now is

i7 2600
gskill 16gb ram
and a new mobo..

I would love to upgrade these parts only and avoid buying other stuff... i want to use the other old parts i currently have like the videocard/sound/etc.. my case is big enough as well. I need to upgrade these parts only because my current mobo only supports up to 4gb of ram max... anyone can help me out here on what will/wont work?

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You want DDR3 RAM capability. Almost all motherboards come with on board surround sound now, so no card needed for that.

What video card are you planning to re-use. If it's not a PCI-express interface, it's not worth keeping.

I like ASUS for their BIOS and this one has a lot of capability:
http://www.newegg.com ...aspx?Item=N82E16813​131786external link

-If you can get 2 x 8GB sticks or RAM instead of 4 x 4GB each, then you can add two more 8GB sticks later (DDR3 1600 is the latest stuff). You buy in pairs to take advantage of dual channel architecture.

-You will need a 64bit operating system (Win7 -64bit) to take full advantage of the RAM.

-Don't forget that most older drives are not SATA interface. Make sure you have, or get a SATA 6Gb/s hard drive.

- You will also need at least 750watt power supply.

If you want me to build you a parts list, let me know, along with your budget, and parts you already plan to keep. ;)

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Sweet, thank you Cygnusx1. I think you've answered my question.. just need to research myself a bit more. Ill get back to you with my part list and what not to confirm! Thx!!

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Imho 4x4gb it's fine, 32GB not necessary within next few years. 400 power supply is fine if it's a good brand.

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4x4G is fine, but for a few extra dollars, you can leave two slots open for optional upgrades later. Careful with your power supply, 400 vs 800 cost is not a big difference these days. Check the wattage requirements of the CPU. If you ever want to put in a good video card, you will need the power. Most decent cards today easily support multi monitor too.

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My i7 2700K, 3 hard drives, 2 SSDs, nVidia 520 uses 120W under full load. I suspect I had my monitor running off the same power connection when I tested it, and maybe a compact fluroescent light bulb too.

Peak draw is probably higher, and playing games might be higher again, but PCs use much less power than most people think. Still a good quality power supply is a good investment, but you don't need a monster power supply.

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My current computer specs -

CPU/Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo @ 3GHz
RAM - 4GB
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L
HD - WD Caviar Black
Power supply - 680W

Computer i want to upgrade to -

CPU/Processor - Intel i7 2600 http://www.newegg.com ...aspx?Item=N82E16819​115071external link
RAM - G.skill 16GB http://www.newegg.com ...aspx?Item=N82E16820​231429external link
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (Would like to keep this to save money if possible)
Motherboard - ???????????????? (Need help here.. completely lost on what to look for)
HD - WD Caviar Black (Would like to keep this as well, but will install SSD's/more drives in future)
Power supply - 680W (keeping this i assume.. seems to be enough power?)

What motherboard should i look for????

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My budget for the motherboard is maybe 100-200$??? Lower the better if possible? (but at the same time, i dont know what to look for / what i need).

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Check the power supply connectors, they sometimes change between generations of motherboards - I have no idea. Any good brand motherboard is fine, Asus and Gigabyte are both good. Existing WD black drive is fine. 9600GT should be fine.

If you get a Z68 (I think that name's right) motherboard it has built in video. Not sure how good it is, or if it shares video ram, which I consider a bad thing.

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is ASROCK a good brand? seems to have alot of reviews. or shall i stick with gigabyte/asus which i know are good brands?

http://www.newegg.com ...1&Description=Z68&x​=0&y=0external link

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I think ASrock are reputable, someone here recommends them. Check out the newegg reviews.

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cool, thanks. if anyone else wants to share their opinions feel free! ill be purchasing near the end of the week :P

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