Hi all! It has been quite a while since I have logged onto FF and I have not been paying attention to the PC market lately. I could use an upgrade about now and would like some opinions on various parts. First of all I will tell you what I already have: Case: Thermaltake Armor PSU: OCZ ModXStream 900W MB: EVGA 590 SLI CPU: Athlon64 X2 6000+ and Thermaltake V1 cooler Mem: OCZ DDR2-800 4GBs VC: EVGA 8800GTS SC 320MB HDD: 2 x WD VRaptor 300s / WD 640 GB / 2 x WD 160 GB (not in use) Displays: Samsung T220HD 22" WS / Samsung 920WM 19" WS (not in use) I cannot simply upgrade the CPU thanks to the worthlessness of EVGA; they refuse to release a new BIOS for that particular board. So if I want a new CPU I am gonna have to buy a new MB too. My thought was to move the MB, CPU and cooler, memory, video card and a couple of those HDDs that I am not using into my old case (and buy another PSU) for my kids to use. So I believe that my priority purchases would be (a) new CPU and cooler, motherboard, memory, and video card (and probably a new optical drive too - my existing optical drives are both IDE). My budget is somewhere between 800 and 1000 USD. I realize that this will probably spawn a wide range of opinions, but any thoughts?
if you already have that hardware I would suggest this to go along with what you have.
Video card - Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards Motherboard - Newegg.com - DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards ram - Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Processors - Desktops heatsink - Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks DVD-r/w -Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
This represents the best bang for the buck that I could think of. Should be able to do 4ghz on that CPU without any problems. And There shouldn't be a bottleneck with that video card either.
I was thinking along those same lines. Although if I were to go with a 790FX board, I'd probably rather have one with a 750 SB chipset. I read last night that they were an overall better performer than the 600. How about a C2Q 9550 and a midrange P45 board? Would I get similar performance out of those (versus a Phenom II 940 and a 790FX)?
I would say to get a Phenom II instead. It will be cheaper and the Phenom II is generally a little faster than a 9550 in games.
Gotcha. What about the CPU cooler you recommended? Is there a particular reason?
Best performance for the money of any heatsink. performs the same as a TRUE which is twice the money (and it includes a fan)
Alrighty then. From now on, I will try to keep up to speed with the tech market like I used to. Thanks for the advice kow_ciller. Little green dot for you! :)
kow_ciller;4781835I would say to get a Phenom II instead. It will be cheaper and the Phenom II is generally a little faster than a 9550 in games.
Plus the 940 will overclock pretty damn good.
I'd probably rather have one with a 750 SB chipset. I read last night that they were an overall better performer than the 600.
Yeah, get a SB750 board. SB600 boards are decent, but the 750 is a much better board for Phenoms and overclocking.
Yeah, that was one of the main points that I read - the vast improvement in overclocking the SB750 enjoyed versus the SB600.