AMD 4000+ San Diego @ 2.8
512x4 OCZ DDR4000 2-3-2-6
Dual XFX7800GT PCI-E 470/1050 256 DDR3 SLI 8x/8x
I built this PC about 2 years ago. I mainly play TF2/DOD:S/ and WoW, I'll soon be playing Starcraft II and Spore; when they release.
I've been looking to upgrade and need to know what is and what isn’t worth it. Obviously I'm still rocking socket 939, though I'm still using a single core. I have about a 400 dollar budget for an upgrade. So first things first, I don't buy **** parts and I like to OC. Just a decent processor and motherboard for either LGA775 or AM2 will easily run me 350-400, as I was considering getting the E8200 or the AMD 5600 89W and a decent mobo with DDR2/3 with 2 PCI-E/2.0 slots running full 16x in SLI, as both of mine only run 8x currently.
So there are 3 diff upgrade paths I thought of to take and want/need to know which would be most reasonable.
What I need to know is, are the AMD/INTEL builds really worth it? I know I can get the Opteron stable @ 2.8ghz. I’d really like to go the Opteron route as it’s cheapest and I get a new video card out of it. So how would an Opteron 180 compare with the above 2 processors? Is the gain/advantage of the AM2 X2/Core 2 Duo really worth the extra 100-200 I’d have to spend? Or will the Opteron 180 suffice for what I want to do? I’ve been scouring the internet looking for opteron 939 vs “x” am2 benchmarks, but none are to be found.
Actually, the Opty 170 for $100 at Newegg might be a good buy too. Really though, most games still use only one core and 2.8GHz isn't bad. You could buy the graphics now and migrate it to a new system if you get one later. That's probably what I'd do if you can't find a good Opty.
Actually your setup doesn't seem too shabby. Compared to mine I have a 3700+ and an ATI X800XL video card.
Anyway that's besides the point. I think your video cards aren't that bad, are 7800's really that bad? You can get a 5000+ X2 for like $85 retail box from newegg then get a $90 AM2+ motherboard, that leaves you to pick up some nice DDR2 memory and then just upgrade your video card later.
I just picked up the opty 170, im sure i can hit a stable 2.7 with my cooling, might be iffy with 2.8+
Also a who ever told me to pick up a 80 dollar processor and 90 dollar mobo...ouch? other then the 6000 6200 and the 5600 89w all other am2's have only 512 per L2 cache...welcome to 2004? If I did snag an AM2 processor, the cheapest/non crappy one would be the 5600 windsor with 1mb l2...and a $90 mobo? I've never spent less than 200 dollars on a new mobo. Only time I have has been an open box model that was originally 300+. I dont buy crappy parts?
I had similar situation myself recently socket 939 CPU hard to find since they don't make them anymore probably but
i got myself Athlon X2 4400 for 30$ on ebay to replace single core 3000 xp
and got new vid card its now my second gaming rig and honestly without benchmarking i cant tell any difference from my other 1
Athlon X2 6000 on my AM2 system
from the looks of ur system i would just get dual core CPU at first, and test, if games u like to play handle good there no need for new cards
Nice. OCing that Opty should be fun. Heat will be nasty, though. It is already a 110W part. My FX-60 started there and it was a 2.6GHz part (though it did easily OC to 2.81GHz). That Opty will be plenty for a while. Tell us how everything goes.
I would keep the 939 and that is just what I did last summer and bought an Opty 170 basically since I wanted a dual core to carry me over until affordable quads would come on the market. Today I do not see a reason to upgrade that platform since with a recently acquired 8800gt (RMA-ing my sons x1900gt so he got my x1950pro and I bought the GT as a stop gap) it does every thing I want of it.