So the Toshiba laptop i've been using for the past 3 years decided to die on me, and my newest desktop is a 5 year old Dell with a pentium 4 2.0 ghz and a ti 4200, so I'm planning on upgrading to a new system. Will primarily be used for the typical gaming/web browsing/ basic work, but must also be able to use engineering applications such autoCAD. I need everything except for speakers and printer (even a monitor, mouse, keyboard). I've upgraded computers before but have never actually built one from scratch, so any help is appreciated.
Features I want:
Upgradeability (assume I need a good mobo and PSU for this?)
potential for overclocking in the future (though not immediately)
good (doesn't need to be top of the line though, just enough to have most games on high settings at 1280x1024 for the next year or 2) gaming performance
lots (2 gb+) of ram for engineering applications
Features I don't need:
Vista (will wait)
SLI (its pointless except for huge monitors...I only want a 19-21 inch LCD)
sound card (I can't tell the difference, not a huge audiophile)
Huge Hard Drive (200+ gb should be fine for me)
Flashy Case (i hate the see through lightup cases, they are too gaudy for me....i'd rather have something that was better functionally (heat/space) and/or cheaper)
My budget is around 1500 dollars, but I can go up from that if you really think it will improve the quality of my comp drastically. Thanks for the help.
LMAO, nice pink case, not gaudy at all And yes, Gigabyte mobos for C2D systems are GREAT. Extremely reliable, very affordable, stable, overclock great, and are proven winners.....alot of people around here have them and are rightly impressed.
NEU, get the Centurion 534 instead.....rotated hard drive (better for cabling and space) and dual side panel vents, much better and basically the same price.
That PSU....meh. There are better options for the price.
You got $1500. Here's a great setup for that:
-Centurion 534 (can't remember if it comes with intake/exhaust fan. If not, make sure you buy 2 x 120mm fans)
-Arctic Freezer Pro 775 heatsink
-OCZ GameXstream 600w PSU
-2 gigs G.Skill DDR2-800 for a moderate OC. If you want to go more hardcore, you'll need something better
-EVGA 8800GTS 320mb (it'll last you quite awhile)
-Samsung SH-S182 DVD/RW (quiet for a DVD drive)
-Seagate Barracuda 320gb 7200.10 w/ 16mb cache hard drive
-Arctic Silver Ceramique thermal paste
That's a great setup for what you need and it'll come under $1500 no problem. And if you can spend a bit more, you'll even have enough left over for a new 19" 1280x1024 LCD
After reading up a bit about power supplies, realized that the PS is crap. Only 14 Amps on each of the +12 Volt rails. Will probably mostly stick with skyguy's recommendations, although i'm probably going to wait a month or two for the intel pricedrops and possibly R600. Usually an Nvidia guy but I want to see what AMD is bringing to the table before I buy. I want to buy a qaulity 19" LCD as well, if possible included in that 1500 budget. If doing that would really compromise my build qaulity I can go up a little.
No. It can be 4-x-x-x, whatever the RAM is rated for.
HOWEVER, almost all RAM will be at 5-5-5-15 when you first load BIOS. From what I understand, this is because it is the standard for all RAM modules and C2D, to ensure compatiblility and that the board will boot, since some RAM is 1.8v, some is 2.0v, etc. To get any RAM to boot, manufacturers make the boards default to 5-5-5-15. You just have to go into BIOS and manually set it to whatever your RAM is rated for. So change it to 4-5-4-15, or 5-5-5-10, or whatever your RAM is. Piece of cake. But alot of people don't realize RAM defaults to 5-5-5-15......so alot of people come here and post " WTH? I paid for 4-x-x-x and my mobo says it's 5-5-5-15!!!". Not to worry, it's SUPPOSED to do that. Just change it to whatever it's rated for and that's all. No biggie.
So put in whatever RAM you got, then manually set it BIOS, that's all it takes. No worries there bud
6ms response shouldn't have any ghosting at all. Even 8ms usually doesn't.
Most new monitors won't have ghosting issues......really, it's a thing of the past when response times were 12ms and 16ms. No reasonable monitors are anything more than 8ms nowadays, so ghosting has really become a non-issue for all intents and purposes.
Chipsets don't necessary ensure "futureproof" so to speak....it's always a Socket change that's the culprit. I doubt 775 is going anywhere, so it's a question of whether you want the ability to go with DDR3 in the future. Does DDR2 vs DDR3 make a huge difference? Not really. It's all about the graphics card for gaming, provided you have a decent CPU......which you will. RAM latency and even bandwidth is overrated...it's GPU horsepower.
In any event, 320gb of vRAM....who knows? Depends what upcoming games will require. Also depends how high you like to turn up the eye candy. 4x AA, 8AF, MSAA, etc, etc? Maybe not. 2x AA though? Should be ok.