Im looking to significantly (hopefully) upgrade my current Desktop PC, primarily for gaming, although after doing a bit of research, all I now understand is that the more that I know, the more I realise I don't know.
To be honest I'm not even sure what exactly I'm being limited by, but either way, I have about £600 to spend, so I'm looking to upgrade as best I can.
After scouting around a bit, I think I have some sort of idea of some decent components, but I'm fairly paranoid about compatibility, so I figured I post my ideas here and let you guys rip them up and give me better ones.
Anyway heres my current crappy build, with possible replacements:
Graphics Card: nVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE AGP possible replacement: I know I need a better one, but I'm trying to figure out a way to get the 8800 GTX and I'll post what I've been reduced to as soon as I ponder on it.
I'm currently using a 300W Power Supply, not sure if this will be good enough for the upgrade, and want some more HD space, but my current drive is a 120G 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100, but I'm not sure about the whole SATA - Ultra-ATA compatability issue.
Anyway thanks for taking the time to go thorugh it (if you get this far), all help greatly appreciated, and if you need any more info, just let me know. Cheers.
Go with a E6420 and save some money. DDR 1066 isn't necessary, you can easily get away with DDR800. You definatly want to get a DX10 video card, if you can't afford a 8800GTX get the 8800GTS. Most motherboards only have 1 IDE slot, so you can only connect two IDE devices. You should probably keep your optical drive(s) if any good and buy new SATA2 HDD's.
300W power supply is not even close to enough, you should be looking at good quality 550-600W PSU's.
May 19, 2007 8:29:39 PM
if your not going to overclock then go with intel motherboard. 965 chipset
I don't like your choice of no-name RAM, I've never found cheap RAM is very good. Try to find a good name on sale, check out the OCZ Platinum, much better, and even cheaper. DDR800 is good with a E6420, you should be able to hit 3.2Ghz with a 1:1 ratio without overclocking your RAM. You will need an aftermarket heatsink/fan for that CPU if you are going to overclock, and a good one, check out the Scythe Ninja, it's very effective and quiet.