hi i have decided to upgrade from my dual core opteron
this is what i plan to buy and i need help deciding about what would best suit my needs.
motherboard--something that would complement my cpu perfectly.
ram--gskill ddr2 800 2x2=4gb/corsair xms2 2x2=4gb/OCZ Platinum Revision 2GB DDR2 800MHz-2x2gb--wht would be the best amongst these three brands?
i would be using my old 8800gt to handle the games
i plan to play games and use it for general stuff and would probably look to load os x leopard on this pc.
damn engineering exams!! hate em!
so the q6600 it is!!
as for the mac leopard-i've run it on my pc!!! didnt work properly with a few patches it did! i know i cant legally install it! bt then mac hardware is seriously limited but i love the OS!!
as for the ram wht brand to get--all of them look solid and are equally priced!
It still seems to me that the Q6600 seems to be the bang for the buck leader right now, but is there any news on when the big price drops for Q9550 etc. will be? I'd heard it could be as early as next week (I hope and pray)!
Hmm, seeing as you do like to game, i would actually recommend the E8400. It can be overclocked far past the Q6600. E8400 can do about 6GHz, with the right mobo. (No water cooling needed!)
Yes, its true that quad core support is slowly expanding, but really, for you, a blazing fast dual core is your best bet. You will have to upgrade sooner or later anyways, with those new LGA1336 Nehalem processors coming out.
E8400 is better for Gaming than a Q6600, and for simple tasks it is overkill. Corsair 2GB xms2 is great. Q6600 appears to be older 65nanometer technology, but compatible with older, cheaper boards. An Asus Striker II Extreme is a high end, pretty new board. A 790i might out perform a Asus Striker II Extreme, but the 790i doesn't have as many high tech features.
sli!!--don't tell me about nvidia chipsets -an intel chipset would do.mac osx leopard is generally incompatible with nvidia based chipsets--i had loads of trouble with my existing nforce4 ultra chipset with tiger.leopard keeps crashing and doesn't work properly.