I am looking to upgrade my brothers 6 year old gaming pc but i am not sure if the parts i am looking to get are compatible with the Intel DH55HC (XU1) motherboard i have. I dont know much about computers so any help is appreciated. The parts i am looking to buy are listed below:
Memory:G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 RipjawsX Series for Sandy Bridge (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel kit
Graphics card:PowerColor RED DEVIL Radeon RX 480 DirectX 12 AXRX 480 8GBD5-3DHV2/OC 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
You can find the technical specification for your board here: https://downloadmirror.intel.com/18506/eng/DH55HC_TechProdSpec.pdf https://downloadmirror.intel.com/18506/eng/DH55HC_TechProdSpec.pdf
It will contain memory specifications, and graphic specifications.
I caution you on trying to update such an "old" board (with new/current components), especially a PCIe 3.o graphics card. Also, this board is not supported on Windows 10, if that is your goal. Look under "discontinued boards":
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/desktop-boards/000005640.html Supported Operating Systems for Intel® Desktop Boards
I do like making things work. However, one can spend much more time than the board is worth trying to make it work, and providing continued maintenance.
So, yes, I would look for a current board. The benefits are support and compatibility, and support for current software and applications. Cost, in the long run, will be less.
You would need to get a new motherboard and a new processor. As well, since the latest generation motherboards and processors require that you use DDR4 memory (not the DDR3 support by this older board), you will have to consider the upgrade path carefully -- but I do agree with Doc that this board is getting long in the tooth and compatibility and aging issues will occur soon (if are not occurring already). For example, you may have issues using the RX 480 graphics card with a motherboard this old...
Hope this helps,
For compatibility information, please check the links below:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/desktop-boards/000005876.html System Memory for the Intel® Desktop Board DH55HC
http://processormatch.intel.com/Processors/CompatibleProcessors?componentName=dh55hc Supported processors
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/desktop-boards/000005640.html Compatible operating systems
Hope this helps