I was wondering if my next upgrade would be future proof.
I plan on upgrading the essentials of my computer (Ram, CPU, Video Card, Motherboard)
I currently have:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Clawhammer
BFG GeForce 6800GT PCI-E
Corsair XMS Twinx1024-3200xlpro
I WAS planning on upgrading to:
Asus A8N-E ("Downgrade" to avoid the problems of SLI Deluxe)
Corsair XMS Twinx1024-3200xl (Added to current for 2gb total.)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 San Diego
??? GeForce 7900 GTX (March '06)
The concerns are as follows:
1. Apearently there was an overclocking limitation on the SLI Deluxe for CPU FSB (253 mhz or something close to that) Is that present on the A8N-E?
2. Is the FX-57 a good buy compared to my demands? (Gaming/Vista Ready)
3. Can the A8N-E support 4 Dimms at DDR400 or does it decrease the speed like some motherboards do after the 4th dimm.
4. Will the 7900 GTX be Vista Ready/DX10 Ready?
Well, no build of course is future proof but your headed in the right direction. Pretty much any new build, with a few exceptions, will last you at least 2-3 years for the most part before you have to upgrade again.
Future Proof, the FX-57 is already past history, replaced by the FX-60 dual core.
I think the Opteron 180 would be a much better choice than an overpriced FX chip tho, and can be overclocked easily to the same speed of a FX-60 and beyond, even on air.
The only difference between the FX-60 and the Opteron 180 is 200MHz and an unlocked multiplier, oh yeah, and about $300...
I was all for the major price gap between the FX-57 and 60. The new AMD processors are supposed to come out soon (M2) but upgrading to support that technology seems like a hastle. Correct me if im wrong but it also seems buggy to jump into new processors. So I thought the FX-57 seemed like a decent compromise between the fast/expensive and cheap/not as fast.
I've got a month or two before I purchase.
As for the Opteron, I think youre the only person ive seen using that processor... ever... for personal uses. But then again I havent looked around that much. But you clearly know what youre talking about. *looks at post count... cries*
I still have some uncertanties on all my questions yet.
Quite a few are using the Opteron for gaming/personal PC's.
A Opteron 175 is spec'd equivlant to the X2-4400 and the Opteron 180 is to the X2-4800.
They are Socket 939 chips and work with all 939 boards.
The dual core is stable and a performance champ, and nothing is closer to future proof as of current.
best "future proof" options if found is room to grow. Get the mobo with 6 dimm slots vs the one with 4.
get the larger HD, the mobo with more sata ports.. etc.
dont get onboard anything - then you can replace video & sound cards as they come out with better.
but to expect a system to last more than 4-5 years and stull run current programs -- i dont think thats resonable, given the way things are growing now.
i would suggest the opteron its intended for servers so its made better for "profeesianal customers" and has more quaility, not to mention overclocks like a madman, ive got a 146 to fx-57 speeds it costed me sub 200$
Although the future is dual core, you could easily live with your "mere" 4000+, more than adequate for gamingdespite the onslaught of dual core, and you already own it, if you'd simply upgrade from the 6800GT to a 7800GTX or 1900XT.
A $220 3500+ and a $1100 FX60 will both score similarly in high res FEAR performance tests...
Save your mb/cpu money, and just upgrade the video card...(personally, I'd wait a month or two until G71/GForce7900 arrives, to compare it's performance to recent 1900xt performance)
(A 6800GT is still fair, although recent titles like FEAR and COD2 are beginning to strain it at decent resolutions unless AA/AF features are off)
Maybe a better title would have been Vista Ready/DX10. And this post was also basically a check up to any major changes that could have been made to the pc upgrade. Saved $400 on a processor change. So far I have decided on this:
AMD Athlon 64 X2-4400+
nVidia GeForce Next Gen (7900GTX)
More of my Corsair 3200xl (2gb total)
Asus A8N32-SLI (Just in case SLI gets a compatibility facelift)
OCing the 4400 with the Zalman 9500 cooler. (Water cooling looked promising but cant figure out a setup with my case- Tsunami VA3000BWA from Thermaltake)
Dell 2405FPW 24" LCD monitor.