Hopefully this is the right forum. If not point me in the right direction.
I built this system last year but am thinking about upgrading and just wondering if 1. you think I'm crazy, 2. you could give me some advice on an intelligent upgrade path. Was this all a great learning experience (my first build) or can I actually save some money by reusing some of these components? Obviously case, hard drives, dvd are all reuseable, but what about the rest and what if I wanted to switch to core2duo, etc. Any and all recommendations appreciated.
This system was built for Photoshop and architectureal cad with 3d rendering (no high end modeling tho'). I guess I keep hearing from others on my cad forum about how much faster the new intel chips are and am getting cpu envy. I've got the cash to do it, but don't want to waste it just for minimal gains, so I am willing to hear " great system, wait a year to upgrade" if that's your advice.
Honestly, your system looks great as is, unless you honestly feel like it's slow.
1. you think I'm crazy - Can't really judge you as this is your first post :tongue:
2. you could give me some advice on an intelligent upgrade path - S939 is about a dead stick now
For a Core 2 Duo, you'll need, of course, a LGA 775 socket that is Core 2 Duo compatable (in other words, look at the chipsets: some Intel 945 (base), all Intel 965 (mainstream - enthusiast), selected 975X (enthusiast), nVidia 600 series (mainstream - enthusiast), DFI ATI 600 (not sure what to really classify that one, but DFI is the only ones that make it). You'll also need DDR2 RAM.
Video cards... wait for more DX10 cards to come out to help settle prices :wink:
Basically, if you feel your system works great for you, don't upgrade. Screw what others say. You're the one using the computer, not them. The computer meets your needs and you're happy, then no worries
Thats a nice system you have, if the upgrade bug has bitten you, you may consider since you have an SLI capable M/B trying to find a second BFG GeForce 7800 GT OC PCI Express 256MB DDR3 Video Card w/HDTV-Out, Dual-DVI & VIVO, and go SLI.
Thanks to all. I think I will wait for at least the next 6 mos or so. Now I have to look for a laptop that will handle my cad on the road.
Thats a wise decision, your machine can basically run any software presently available, and at the present time an upgrade to Vista would actually be a performance downgrade from WinXP[According to THGs Vista vs XPs test shootout].
The only thing i see is maybe an sli'd video card and maybe a larger psu(to get above 600w).
i dont even think a 4800+ cpu is justified.
if you did that then you might as well go for the c2d cpu set-up