Trying to upgrade my son's machine, but right now budget is only about $500. Only need to replace the parts below. He's 12, so not real heavy into multitasking etc, just plays games and surfs.
The two options are about the cheapest I can put together that should be decent for what he does for at least the next year or two. I'm not going with the AMD X2 because I'm hoping this will last until they come out with something new.
I'd probably prefer the C2D right now, but given the budget and lack of knowledge about the MBs I don't know if the combo below will be much better than the AMD combo given what he does. I know the CPU is smoking, but the MBs everyone talks about just puts the combo out of my range.
Both systems will be overclocked on stock HSF to the extent of my limited abilities (change the FSB/add some volts/watch the temps)
Well, if you are only upgrading those parts, go for the C2D. But first,
1) Get a cheaper stick of ram, unless, like you said, will OC to your limited extent.
2) Get the EVGA 7600GT, you can save a few dollars, or even a 7600GS, you really save about $50 with the cheapest 7600GS.
Other than that, you got a good system as far as I can tell for mild gaming and OC. Just my opinion.
I think you'll be sorry trying OC that $89 motherboard with stock cooling. The customer reviews on it have not been stellar either. I would try to get a 975X motherboard, so it is beter compatible with multi-core if you want to upgrade it to 4 or more cores later and less finicky about memory. This mobo must have 1.8v memory and timings of 5-5-5/6-6-6 or it won't post!
I would go with the AM2 one...I would change the MoBo to the one I have DFI is know for OC and it has plenty of Bios options...since you were going to spend 50 more bucks on the C2D build spend the extra 50 and get 2GB of Ram...OCZ has 2...2 gig sets for 219 after rebate...
To warn you...the DFI board will underclock your ram to 667 unless you have a CPU with a multiplier of 10...the 3200 or 3800 or 4000
I would go with the am2, if you are not in need for multitasking. But i would change the memory, and if the MB has a dual channel memory i would put 2x512 mb, or if you have the money 2x1gb. It will be faster. The games are still working better with single core cpu's. By the time they are optimised you'll probably have enough money to upgrade
that mobo is not fantastic but it will do the work and OC at a decent level, the memry you chose is very expensive, try something cheaper, the E6300 is a very good overclocker, but go for a 7600gs, is cheaper
you also can try the gigabyte S3 for the mobo
for a concluzion, if you want to have a very powerful computer , very cold and with a low power consumtion, and to be capabe for future upgrading , than go for the CORE 2 DUO.
1 year ago I was a amd fan, but I observed that amd is very chaotic , they launch many slots, 754, 939, am2, 940, 1207, practicly on the long run you cant make an upgrade.
After reading all the customer reviews on newegg, this board seems to have some issues with fans and stuff. Since I am away from home a lot (US Army) I have to have something that's reliable and doesn't need much user intervention.
Think I'm going to have to relook my budget if I want to go with C2D.
Thanks for the suggestions, its been a while since I've used an Intel board and I'm pretty lost.
I just can't find a way to realistically squeeze a C2D under my $500 budget, so I'm kind of "settling" for the AMD system. Considering that the computer I'm upgrading is a ~1 Ghz socket A with a 7 yr old video card, this thing ought to scream in comparison.
I've never used on Opteron, but supposedly they overclock well - the Ram I chose is because I want that extra headroom for the OC.
This and the other make me wonder: how high do you want to oc it?
S939 opteron is nice, but it's EOL. No upgrade path.
What's wrong with SktA? I've still got a Barton :twisted: and getting a 7600GS
for it sometime soon (to hold over till 8600, when I get a new system...) 8)
What kind of games is he playing? Maybe getting a better gfx card would be
the most cost-efficient way untill you get some more together for a real
upgrade Gef Ti4600 and even 9800Pros are cheap nowadays, yet still have
some more power; enough to humiliate that 7yro card