Wanting to build a new system for around $1000, no more $1200. Less money is better for me. I mainly game at 1920x1200 on a 24" Westinghouse (Farcry 2, CoD4, Fallout3, Last Remnant, but most the time on WoW) and I do quite of bit of video encoding, as this machine also serves as a HTPC. Need some advice on a upgrading this machine as I have not been paying attention to the new hardware that has come out in the past year.
My main questions are. Should I upgrade to a HD4870 Crossfire setup or would the GTX285 be better? Would the price tag on a i7 setup be worth the performance upgrade from a Q6600? If I go with the GTX285 would it be bogged down if I stayed with the P35 motherboard?
The is no real reason to ditch the case except that its a bit small. I have been having air flow problems with it lately. And yes I will be moving a WD Blue 500GB and a WD Green 1TB HD's over and a BD and DVD-RW DL over.
Did you put all of the optional fans in? With all 5 fans in it you should be getting somewhere around 200CFM going through it on high which should reduce cooling issues.
If you really want to stick with an LGA 775 upgrade i would just suggest upgrading your PSU and GPU, maybe your motherboard to a p45 but the x48 doesnt do any better than the p45 for most people, especially not if you are only running 1 card.
Dont spend extra money on the GTX285 when it is just a GTX275 clocked slightly higher.
I have put all 5 fans in, but they are POS Dynex's from Best Buy, since the originals burned out on me. I can try upgrading to some higher end fans and see first before I buy a new case. Would the GTX275 out perform a dual HD4870 setup? I am looking to get 75 fps to sync with my moniters refresh rate.
The 4870s will out perform it by a good margin but also cost a good chunk more. Since you are having heating issues you will want to look into ones that have good dual slot coolers that exhaust heat out the back.