Hi, I'm looking to upgrade my current gaming PC, I'm currently using a Core2duo e6300, Asus P5b motherboard, Nvidia 8800GTX, 2x2gig DDR kingston ram, 300gig HD (random WD thing), 520watt cooler master real power PSU, 22" LG Flatron (1680x1050 res) and a few other bits and bobs. I got a little less then $1000 to spend (700euros)
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A.S.A.P.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000/700euros
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Used mostly for gaming, watching some movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need a keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor(i think)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Since I'm Dutch, I normally go to http://www.perfect-systems.nl, but since its got quite a wide selection, I dont mind getting advice from stuff on Newegg.com or anything else.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Only thing I'm quite certain of is really an Antec 900-2 gaming case.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
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I'm just quite a noob to upgrading a PC or just getting parts in general so I would really like some advice on how to boost my system the best with the available budget. I've looked around quite alot but im having alot of difficulty deciding how to boost my performance the most. So some advice would be much appreciated
I don't mind stepping over to AMD at all, I'm just having a hard time figuring out what to replace everything (or just some parts) with to get the maximum performance allowed with my budget.
My current motherboard does not support SLI afaik. One of the main things I'm looking at for upgrading is my processor and get a bigger and faster hard disk, but with the budget I got I should indeed be able to crank a few more pieces up abit. It's just really hard for me to make a choice out of all the available options, even having looked through all the charts and reviews for most of my options, I'm struggling to find the most suited combination to get within my budget.
I'll look at replacing the graphics card next month by getting a Geforce 275GTX or something like that.
Just a couple of questions;
How hard is it to install the components into the case? Is it doable for someone with not that much experience building up his own pc? All I ever did so far was build in a new PSU into my old computer.
And is the Corsair 650watt PSU enough to keep everything going when I put in a new video card like a 275GTX?
Final question, should I be looking at placing in another fan into the case? I was guessing that the four fans that are in the Antec Nine hundred-two should be keeping it cool enough.
I personally think it's a huge waste of cash for you to buy an i7. You already have a motherboard and ram that'll support a penryn. Which happen to game very similar to the i7. Also upgrading to an i7 platform without upgrading the GPU is even worse, there will be minimal game performance increase.
You best bet is, like i stated before. Is a Quad Core Penryn, aka Q9550, a 650w solid PSU. And yes 650watts is plenty for any two card SLI system. And a new graphics card, aka GTX 275.
With my build you're only purchasing 5 items including your case and hard drive. An i7 platform will require and expensive motherboard and and RAM on top of that costing an extra of at least 350 canadian, or about 216 euro. All without notable gaming performance changes.