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Old November 12, 2012, 08:39 PM
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Hi there! It's your week #3 contest winner slippy here to share my upgrade journey.
Thanks again to HardwareCanucks, AMD and NCIX for the prizes!

Here is what I upgraded:

CPU: AMD Athlon X3 440 --> AMD A10 5800K
MOBO: Asus M4A78LT-M LE --> MSI FM2-A55M-E33

Before and After:


The new MSI motherboard is much smaller than my old Asus. As a result, sacrifices had to made in terms of board layout. The first roadblock I hit was that the SATA ports were situated right under the video card slot. Since I have a double-slotted GTS 450 the ports are effectively blocked off. Luckily I have two right-angled cables. However, due to the orientation of the ports, I can't connect more than two devices. This is unfortunate as I have two hard drives and a DVD drive (not connected).

A small annoyance is the case fan header. On my old board it was located on the left side of the motherboard. This worked perfectly for me because I connected the rear exhaust case fan. On the new board the fan connector is on the right side, making cable management more difficult.

System Benchmarks


AMD A10 5800K | MSI FM2-A55M-E33 | Asus 7750 1GB
4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws | 500GB WD Blue; 2TB WD Green | Corsair CX500
Cooler Master Elite 430
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