I've been reading these forums for the past few days for ideas to upgrade my old 410.
My 410 as of now.
Core Duo E6300
3 Gigs of ram.
I'm going to upgrade to an Q6600 and a Geforce 8800 GT(I only game so suggestions are welcome).
I understand(at least I think I do) that i will not need a new PSU to run these 2 new upgrades, correct?
Another question about the 8800 GT, is the brand. Is there really any difference besides the name? I know some come OC'ed but I don't know anything about that.
There is a 8800 GT on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133232
That price is great, but is there something wrong with it since its so cheap? Bad name brand? Also, will that one I linked work with my 410?
Lastly, I have never installed anything into my computer other than ram. Is installing a PSU/GPU hard? Any good site with some instructions?
Thanks for any help and sorry for all the questions!
Your 410 will handle these upgrades with no problems
Sometimes the brands can be better than others Alot of posters recommend EVGA due to their warranties on thier cards. XFX is also another well respected brand.
For links on upgrades
You will need to purchase Thermal past for the processor. You will need to clean off all the old past from the bottom of the heatsink. You can buy the cleaner also or use Isoprophyal alcohol.
The best recommed is Artic Silver you can pick this up at computer places,Radio Shack or on line. Here is a link to application for a Quad core processor
For a video card installtion read this link for good info.
One thing to note is that you do not need to follow step one for an Nvidia card and you can ingnor any instructions about netframework.
From what I have read XFX and EVGA seem to be the most popular brands for nVidia. I would compare the three, XFX, EVGA and PNY and see what differences there are. I know with ATI sometimes the clock speeds are different or some may come overclocked.
Installing a PSU is very easy. All you have to do is research which PSU is comptiable with you system and make sure when purchasing the PSU it has all of the power connectors that you require. Since you are new to this I would label all of the calbes you disconnect from the old PSU as a reference. Installing the new PSU is almost like plug and play. Only certain power connectors go to certain components, you can see this by the type of connector, just match them up 😉
CPU is very easy as well. Make sure to research what your mother board supports. You want to make sure you purchase the right "GHZ" and socket. To install these remove the heat sink/fan from the original CPU. There should be a small metal arm/lever that is used to put tension on the CPU to keep it seated in the socket. Simply relesae the lever and the CPU will be un-seated from the socket. Insert the new CPU matching the notches and lock the CPU closing the lever. Make sureto re-install the heat sink and fan.
Look at these vids as a tutorial, these will give you a good idea how to seat the CPU and install the new PSU.
How to build a gaming pc part1
How to build a gaming pc part2