My homebuild system blew up the other night so time to upgrade from this, ASUS A8NX-E + 6600GT + 300W PSU. I want to replace my video card, motherboard+CPU & PSU. If I go with the X1950PRO(good gaming card?), can someone recommend a set of hardware that will work?
Few questions to start off...
I'm supposing your not going to 939 because you already have DDR memory?
As well, do you plan on keeping this system for a good amount of time? The X2 3800 is not that much more expensive and will last you a little longer than the 3400+. As for the PSU and heatsink... For the PSU there are multiple recommendations I can make, OCZ, Fortron, Enermax, Seasonic or Antec are all good brands. Are you planning on OC'ing? The stock heatsink will work fine if your not.
I suppose if your buying a x1950 your probably dabbling in a little gaming? As for the processor, I'd suggest just getting a retail X2 3800+ for the minimum. If you want this system to last you two years then you probably want to consider dual-core. As of right now, the performance increase to dual-core from single core is not that great. However, I assume sometime within the next two years, programs will be optimized for dual-core cpu's so it's good to have at least that. Other than that if you need help picking out a PSU just ask or post a link to one that you've chosen (reading reviews is always best way of choosing). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
That's the cheapest retail dual-core 939 I found on Newegg, however if your looking for something cheaper, I'm sure you could find an X2 3800+ elsewhere.
I like this list, but i could make a few slight changes:
1st, the x1950pro. Save 70 and get the Sapphire version. No reason to pay more when everything except the cooler and decal are the only things different between the two.
Powersupply wise: Don't exactly know the reliablity Rosewill has on power supplies, but i would go with something a little more expensive. Never Ever skimp out on a powersupply, or it could end up taking more parts than you bargain for if anything should happen to it.
This looks appealing:
Memory wise: If your ram hasnt gone with the motherboard, use that, and buy the extra 1gig of ram coops recommended. If you have 2 gigs, and both sticks didnt fry, then dont bother with extra ram. If all the sticks did in fact go, purchase 2 sets of the 1GB from PNY. 2Gigs is recommended for heavy gaming.
Even though the X1950Pro is sold out, I'd wait for it to come back in-stock and not get the ATI version.
Zipzoomfly does have the ASUS X1950Pro in-stock but for the same price they are not including VIVO if that matters to you. Newegg did have this version of the card for $171 including shipping. Now, to save 30 bucks if you don't need VIVO would of been worth it.