I need to update my 4 year old system. This is the main family PC. Not a lot of gaming. Some video & picture editting and some software development (C, C++, Java). I would like to move to an Intel Core 2 or possibly the AMD equivalent. I am concerned about heat as the PC is in a small cabinet with decent airflow.
I would also like to retain the video card for now or move to onboard video which I can upgrade at a later date.
Here are my current system specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8PE667ULTRA ATX
CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz
Memory: 2xCrucial 256MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 266 (PC 2100)
PSU: ATX12V 350W
Video: ATI Radeon 9200 AGP
Fans: 1 x 80mm (case also have side duct over CPU)
Drives: 80GB 7200 RPM SATA
250GB 7200 RPM SATA
NEC DVD Burner
Polaroid CDRW Drive
Any suggestions on a motherboard & cpu combo. I saw an earlier post mentioning the ASRock 939 Dual-SATA2 mb but it seems to be no longer available.....
Oh yea - I do not really mess with overclocking very much so that is not a concern.
yeah i aggree go core 2 duo it will ,even the youngest of the c2d family (e6300), give you a big boost in performance to your old P4 using netburst.
everything the prophecy said about components should be fine.
i think the case is a good one my friend has it, its alright though perhaps the lack of front intake cooling is not that brilliant but it has at least got a 120mm exaust fan at the rear rather than a 80mm noisy fan.
yeah or you could do that but if he plays a a game and goes with a cheaper card then he might not be so pleased, i mean although it isnt a priority the game might not feel the same as he could (only could) be unhappy with a slideshow (although it does depend on what games he very occasionally plays) :? or get a good 7300gt? hmm i think i would do what phopecy said get a 7600gt
yeah or you could do that but if he plays a a game and goes with a cheaper card then he might not be so pleased, i mean although it isnt a priority the game might not feel the same as he could (only could) be unhappy with a slideshow (although it does depend on what games he very occasionally plays) Confused or get a good 7300gt? hmm i think i would do what phopecy said get a 7600gt
I agree to a certain extent, but I'd rather spend more on 2gb RAM which would be in use all the time than a flashier GPU that would be used occasionally.
Same goes for a 6600, it'll be much more use than a better GPU.
That ASRock board would be quite a good idea, although to be perfectly honest any IGP is better than that 9200, so any of the money saved by not having to buy a new graphics card would be pretty much wasted on anything else with a 9200 still in the system.