Here I am, just after one and a half year that I bought my Asus A8N SLi deluxe, I am here considering an upgrade... but that's it: looks like there are no cost-effective 939 processors out there at the moment, and I am left considering switching to an Intel chipset for the first time.
I understand that I cannot use the full power of the 8800GTX with a single-core Athlon. However I also saw that I can get at most an Athlon X2 4500+, or an Athlon FX60, to fit into a socket 939 mobo. Both options are not easy to find, and as far as I can see also very expensive.
My problem, then, is: do I stick with the 939 and pay at least £300 for new processor and memory, or go for a new mobo for the Intel Quads and spend slightly more to get a better system? and if I went for the Intel, what mobo would you advise me to get to fit into my system?
I am afraid I am not really qualified to advise whether you should bother upgrading that system or not (I am still a bit of a n00b myself ), but if you do want to upgrade you can do it a lot cheaper than that!
when you have an 8800-anything, any athlon X2 will do you just fine. 1Gig of RAM is also fine as long as you dont load rediculous amounts of crap at startup (some people actually do that, and then misinform people as to how much memory a system needs!)
Thanks a lot for taking the time guys, I can see that there's no easy answer! I am in two minds about it myself... basically I don't understand how the Athlon FX 57 and FX 60 can still cost more than £200, when they are about to disappear... and I also don't understand whether an Opteron would be a good choice, being a server processor, am not sure what difference it makes.
The point is that it looks as if Intel Quads are really much more suited for exploiting the power of the 8800GTX, while the S939 mobo is already dated, especially in my configuration...