Hey guys, I made a post a while ago about wanting to build my own or at least update my current system. I am having off and on component problems, video stuttering, and generally play with low settings. My current specs are as follows:
365W PSU, P4 3.2 gHz CPU, Radeon 9800 XT, stock Dell (sorry) motherboard for the Dimension 8300, 1GB RAM (DDR400?).
Please note that I do not expect a top of the line system, but I DO need to update my system for the time being into something I can update for a foreseeable time frame. My budget is ideally under $300-$350.
GPU + RAM combo: Powercolor Ax3870 512MD3-PH Radeon HD 3870 512 MB, 256-bit GDDR3 and OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
You'd have to be smokin' something if you think a AMD 5400+ (5200+ is the one linked in the combo deal) is equal to a p4 3.2 ghz!!! Don't get me started on the whole p4 architechure either!!
On a budget the AMD 5200+ or 5400+ are good buys. I'll have to do some more research before I comment on the rest.
Hm, I thought that the 5200+ would be a fairly significant upgrade for the price. I know that Intel quads significantly outstrip AMD's, but I spend most of my time gaming so was just looking at the duals. Is it the same situation there? And all the Intel motherboards I liked seemed to run a fair bit more. Wish I could've found a cheap one with Crossfire though.
There are AMD builds that will cost a bit less, but won't OC like the Intel build. The options that I've listed above will push your budget, but with the 4850 GPU you'll be gaming at a better clip than with the almost dated 3870. The Antec 300/Antec 550w PSU combo will save you $45 over the Cooler Master one. The CM690 case is a good one, but the $30 shipping charge is killing the budget. The total with the above changes will put you at $452 - $65 MIR's = $387!! Now that isn't what your budget was, so if you drop the GPU down to a 4830 you get a $423 - $50 MIR's = $372!!
I would recommend taking a look at this thread for the best possible upgrade for under $300, I would go with the Foxconn motherboard over the ECS though.
I would also take lunyone's advice and get a Antec case over the HEC recommended in the thread(the extra $40 is worth it).
But if you plan on recycling the case you currently possess, then a Antec earthwatts EA500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would be a good choice.