I'm thinking of building a new system and was wondering if anyone could give any advice.
I like to play games and also do a bit of 3D work, I'm not really sure what I need to be up to date and futureproofed to some extent. I'd like to be able to build a half decent system for under £1000 if that's possible?
The thing is I recently looked into upgrading my graphics card and was told that my CPU would bottleneck it and I'd really need to upgrade it, and the whole system basically! Here's my specs
Intel Pentium 4 D 940 cpu 3.2Ghz
Motherboard: intel i945p/pl/g/gz
Graphics: ATi Radeon x1900 xtx 512MB
Sound: Creative Xfi Xtreme Sound Blaster
RAM: 2x 1GB Kingston DDR2 PC-4300 266Mhz
Hard Drive: 2 x 250GB WD SATA RAID 0
CD/DVD: Dell installed, 16x speed DVD+/-R/W (I think)
Windows version: XP Professional SP3
Drivers: Latest CCC 9.3, tried to update audio but sound stopped working so rolled back driver!
The Q9550 you listed is not compatible with a X58 motherboard. The cpu of choice is an i7 920 which is actually cheaper and performs better.
The preferred X58 motherboards are from asus, gigabyte and evga. There are others, but check them out carefully.