Hey all, I'm looking to upgrade the motherboard, processor, RAM, and video card in a computer I built 2-3 years ago. My current specs: -Abit AX-8 Socket 939 -Athlon 64 3700+ (Yes, I know it's old!) -2x512MB Corsair XMS Pro PC3200 -2x1GB Kingston ValueRAM PC3200 -74GB WD Raptor SATA -Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200.8 SATA -Asus X850XT Platinum Edition (PCI-E) -SB Audigy 2ZS This computer was pretty damn good for its time. I know next to nothing about the current generation of hardware. The AMD FX-57 was the latest and greatest processor when I paid attention to computers, so I'm just a "little" outdated. I would like to be able to play games like Call of Duty 4 with a high (think, 1920x1080) resolution with medium settings. I played COD2 with DX7 so I would get better FPS. So while I like eye candy, framerates are more important to me. I'm looking to spend in the neighborhood of (USD) $1,000-$1,500. I don't really care about having the motherboard with the most features; I would rather spend the money elsewhere. The processor is the big one for me. Whether it is AMD or Intel (I don't know who's ahead now, AMD *was* better) I would like a processor that handles multi-tasking with ease. In the past this would've been Intel, not sure now. I want to stick with one video card, primarily because I use two monitors. I would prefer nVidia, because my last experience with ATI was less than satisfactory. As far as RAM goes, I'm open to recommendations based on the current competitors. --------------------------------------- Thanks for the help! If you guys have any suggestions on equipment I'd sure appreciate it.
This is what I would go with: Mobo: Newegg.com - DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards Processor: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors ~That would be a Intel Core 23 Duo E8400~ Video Card: Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards That is an (nVIDIA)[Evga] 8800GT -There are some newer cards out there that some other people will recommend but this is what I recommend. RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory 2 Gigs of RAM so yea Hard Drive...? Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives I don't think you will need a HD but if you need anything else just post.
Thanks for the reply!
If I wanted to spend in the neighborhood of $500 on a processor, what would my best bet be? I'm reading hardware reviews and other sites, but I've always trusted the knowledge base on GF.
Quite frankly my suggestion for a $500 processor would be the $190 E8400 that Jzy0 posted and a lot of beer.
Motherboard (ASUS P5Q; newer/better chipset than the P35-based board previously mentioned) - Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
GPU (ATi/AMD 4870: More expensive but more powerful than an 8800GT) Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100243L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
RAM (4GB. You want 4GB. You just do.) - Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
You might want to go for a Q6600 instead of a e8400 since you said you do alot of multitasking. And get a nice beefy heatsink in case you want to overclock that heat-producing machine. Also, you should go with a motherboard with the P-45 chipset since they are alot more robust when it comes to overclocking and and generally faster.
Power supply (in case you ever decide to go for another card or you have a weak one now): Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Power Supplies
For your video card, you either want the Radeon 4850 ($200) or the Radeon 4870 ($300), depending on how much you want to spend. The 4850 has taken over the 8800GT's spot of great performance/low price, and the 4870 competes extremely well with the GTX 280 while costing less than half the amount.
For the Ram, OCZ is the only way to go. Don't even look at anything else.
Apollo75;4431506 For the Ram, OCZ is the only way to go. Don't even look at anything else.
Ram is just a preference. OCZ is no better than Corsair or Gskill or any other brand, it just depends on the actual sticks you want to buy. Just pick up some ram with good speeds/ good timings for a good price.
kow_cillerRam is just a preference.
Well, yeah, OCZ just happens to be my preference. ;)
OCZ is less expensive than Corsair and has some of the best customer service in the industry. They're also damn innovative (OCZ produced the first sticks of DDR that would run DDR600 stable, and have DDR2 modules that run at 1150MHz).
Oops, I forgot to add the PSU. I have an Antec TruPower 2.0 550 watt right now. I'll probably end up upgrading it if you guys think it's worth it.
Between the following three, if money is not an object, how much of a performance difference am I looking at? Again, at this point the money isn't an issue.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz (VS) e8400 (VS) q6600
Would these all work together without a problem?
Thanks again for the help.