I'm in the process of upgrading my system. I thinking of buying an EVGA GTX 260 core 216 from newegg.com and was wondering if anyone had some suggestions on a mobo. I have an ASUS M2N-SLi and I've had to replace it twice in the past year so I'm looking at other brands.
Also, I have an Apevia 500w PS, does that need replacing?
My current specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600 Socket AM2
(2) XFX 9600 GT 512 MB
Windows XP 32bit
Yeah, I definitely want the Sli/crossfire capability. I'm not a big fan of ASUS products atm. I've had nothing but problems with this motherboard and drivers. I also like EVGA's policy where you can upgrade within 90 days. They also have really good customer service...ASUS not so much.
I'm thinking a GPU in the $200 range would be good for me. I have mid range cards right now and I'd like to upgrade. I'm just unsure as to the mobo and PSU.
Look at these 2 reviews. One has the 9600GT SLI and the other has the 4870. You should see about a 25-30% increase going from your SLI setup to a single 4870. My point being that even though it's price has fallen, the 4870 is still a very good card. And I don't want to make you feel bad about the cards you have but they are not mid-range. They may have been when they were released but now I think they would be considered more upper low-end.
Another option would be something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
when used with a ATI video card you can enable hybrid crossfire which will use the on board GPU for light tasks such as windows and web surfing and while gaming it will switch to the video card and the on board GPU will help to give it a little boost to increase performance
Haha I'm not offended. At the rate technology changes, especially GPUs, I might as well be using 2 rocks inside my case.
I think the 4890 and GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H would be a great setup. I had heard some bad things about the Catalyst drivers but the same could be said about NVIDIA. I've had to reinstall my chipset drivers twice this week...
I know what each computer part does and I know what they look like, but my technical knowledge is rather slim. Think I should have a professional install this board if I get it? Also, on that same note, is ATI user friendly? I don't know the first thing about overclocking and I'm guessing the hybrid crossfire is an option that I just need to enable?
There are a million different resources online to walk you through building a system and there have been plenty of people on here that were walked through building their systems. Doing it yourself is the best way to learn and you get a great sense of accomplishment by doing it yourself. If you have a friend that knows what they are doing then you could ask them to help. If your really afraid of messing something up then you could find someone to install things for you.
I reinstalled the new ASUS mobo after an RMA a few months ago. But, I had diagrammed out how it was connected prior to shipping it out...then again, I'm having chipset issues now. lol I think I'm going to go with this GPU and mobo, once I get some money of course. Thanks again for the help!!