This is my first complete build. I’ve tinkered with replacing and upgrading parts and software before.
I mostly want to be able to play UT3 and do some photo editing with Photoshop elements.
I am willing to try some mild overclocking.
I have decided to upgrade to vista instead of buying another XP.
I would like to be able to upgrade to the Penron 45nm quad core in 2 years, and next year upgrade my 19 inch CRT to a 22 inch LCD.
I am getting a corded laser mouse from Amazon (I have a gift certificate) but I haven’t decided which yet, comments are welcome.
I would like comments on this build and to help me decide on the case/power and MOB. I figure I will get another Radeon 3870 (don’t want to wait for the 8800GT to be in stock) down the road and add it in crossfire configuration.
I would like to order this on 12/31/07 due to rebates expiring.
Thanks for all the help
Case & Power
1) Antec Sonata III Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: Sonata III
Item #: N82E16811129024 $149.95 -$35.00 Instant $114.95
2) Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: Nine Hundred
Item #: N82E16811129021 $139.99 -$20.00 Instant $119.99
Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: W0100RU
Item #: N82E16817153052 $69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
Model #: 66I-00788
Item #: N82E16832116204 $111.49
I would like to be able to upgrade to the Penron (Penryn not Penron ) 45nm quad core in 2 years, and next year upgrade my 19 inch CRT to a 22 inch LCD.
Things you should know:
1. All current motherboard upgradability dies at the end of next year when Nehalm is released. Meaning you can't put in a Nehalm in a current motherboard.
2. You can upgrade to a Quad core, later.
3. P35 chipset supports the Penryn CPUs.
If the kid's computer has SATA ports get him a SATA burner.
The Sonata may not be good enough to cool two high-end video cards. The Antec 900 on the other hand is extremely good at that. I'd get the 900 with the Corsair VX PSU chuckm found.
UT3 and Photoshop both benefit from quads. So do video encoding, Supreme Commander, FSX and a few other things. You might as well get a Q6600 now and forget about upgrading the CPU. The best CPU that will ever work on P35 mobos and still cost under $400 will be the Q9450. You can have that one in a month or two. It will be about 10% to 15% faster than the Q6600, in benchmarks. In real life, it will be just like the Q6600 because the hard disk will fail to keep up even with the stock Q6600. Considering that, why spend on the E6550 at all and not have the quad right away and go through the hassle of replacing CPUs?
Cooler - the stock cooler on Intel's recent CPUs is decent. If you don't overclock you might as well use it and save money. I think overclocking is very smart for E6550 but pointless for Q6600. That is, an overclocked Q6600 won't really be better than a stock Q6600, most of the time, unless supported by some RAID0 or Raptor hard disks.
Stay with xp at least for one more year. Why upgrade to vista? in 2009 WIndows Vienna will launch. Theres only about 3 DX 10 titles. Will take about 1 year to develop games fully dx 10 optimize. Dont let Vista Aereo fool you. Performance is the most important. If switching just because areo ****, just download Windows blind and download vista theme.You have another alternative, Dual Boot xp and Vista. With vista you will loose about 10 to 15% game performance. Me and my 15 programming group we dont have to upgrade to vista to play Only Dx 10 games. We found the way to hack DX 10 from vista to integrate to XP and some other modification to play only Vista games into XP. Just like other group of programmers found the way to convert Xp pro to Media center. Soon we will post benchmarks xp Dx 10 vs Vista Dx 10, and a video of Halo 2 running on both OS. xp Dx 10 has a 13% increase over vista. Unfortunately we wont share our final software to the world due to illegal issues. The video will show the world is possible and has been done. It was a six month project. Our Next project is to run pc games in ubuntu without Cedega or other emulator. We will integrate Dx 10 and tons of Windows Xp files Direct X sources to run pc games native on linux. Will take us about 1 year 8 month to accomplish this. Will be open source. Anybody can be part of this creation. Our goal is to switch xp gamers to Linux, if successful done.