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I need help with an upgrade

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Hello I am looking to upgrade my current system. I made a big mistake buying the processor first, because my current mobo didn't accept it.

I bought a core 2 quad q8400 95w not 65w and i need a new mobo that supports it. My current RAM is not enough and to slow so i will also be upgrading that. I have about a $150 budget. So tell me if these parts are good enough and work with one another. If not give me some suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Parts I'm currently looking at. - ASUS P5G41-M LE/CSM LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: I'm buying one stick to start and maybe another one down the road - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model 991762

Current other hardware
hard drive:500 GB 7200 rpm SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
video card: Xfx 9800gt - XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
PSU: 650 watts
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What are you upgrading from and what is the intended uses for this PC? What is entire budget (assuming around $300)? Are you able to return the q8400?
Current Mobo:HP OEM MSI MS-7525 Boston Motherboard 464517-001 G31 PC...USD 74.90/Piece Wholesale Price at
Processor: Pentium Dual Core @ 2.8ghz
I really don't want to return it i would like to have it working.
I want the pc to run crysis 2 on at least low with good fps.
Yes about $300 and if i can return the processor what can I do?
You're asking for a lot from a small budget. You're pretty much at the minimum requirements to run the game, and you're going to be pushing the system hard to try and run it to be honest. Upgrading the GPU is going to be necessary as well.
ok so if i return the processor what can i do from there. With my current system the game has an unplayable fps. I just want to be able to play crysis 2 with a steady 30 fps. if this is not going to happen then will I see a major improvement in games like bfbc2 with quad core?

what if i buy this combo? - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
Someone please help me.
I return the processor i have right now and buy the combo pack. I was looking at ram and would this work - CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 cause i would like to add 4gb of ram later down the road.

One other thing my current mobo is micro-atx not atx will an atx fit in an hp pavilion p6210t tower?
thank you for the help
Ok that i did not know :)

What do you need 8g for? Let me see what I can come up with.

For your info, You will need a new copy of windows. As the one in the hp is tied to the motherboard.
i really wish i didn't buy and hp now :(
Thank you very much. now i just have to figure out how to return the cpu to best buy. You ever returned stuff to best buy?
No I have not, I would simply tell them you bought the wrong processor.
Ok thank you. can I add in case I have any more questions? You have been very helpful I really appreciate it. :grin:
Feel free to ask any more questions, That is what we are here for :)
So if I buy the os i can only install it on that mobo?
That is correct, the license will tie itself to the mobo unless you get a retail version which is usually 2x more. - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard
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I called the store and i can get a full refund woot. :)
will OEM license accept new video cards, pus, hard drives and ram?
Yes, as long as you don't change the motherboard
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