My computer won't boot up anymore. First I thought my HD was bad and replaced it, and after trying to install windows and having weird things happen, I'm pretty sure its a hardware problem somewhere else. My computer is 3 years old so I'm thinking it would be easier to get a new cpu/mobo. I currently have an ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE. I'd like advice on a replacement mobo/cpu that would accept my 4 sticks of RAM (ddr pc3200XL Corsair RT). I'd like to keep my budget between $300-$500. I also game, but at the moment money is tight so closer to the $300 would be best for me.
i have an athlon 3800 with 2 gigs ram, sata hard drive, and the MB is mentioned above. I have 2 gigs of ram, a nvidia 6800 GT. The MB does have built in ethernet and surround sound that I use. I play games like TF2 and oblivion, but with my 6800GT I can't play anything too new atm. I'm concerned with getting a good cpu/MB that would work halfway decent for games for the next few years. I'll worry about upgrading the vid card later.
I have an Antec 550w PS. My system was pretty high end when I got it 3 years ago. that cpu seems a little faster than my existing one. Not bad for 70 bucks. The MB looks like it compares to what I have now. Is there another good sweetspot for a better cpu? Oth, If this board u suggest accepts a much better cpu, I could always get one later on.
I think that one should do nicely. I'm thinking of going with the e8400 as it looks to be about as fast as my old athlon 3800 was 3 years ago (near the top, but not too expensive like the best cpu). I think the e8400 would keep up fine for the next few years. I don't like to replace my computer very often.