Amd athlon 6000+ @ 3.0 ghz
2 gigs kingston value type ram
EVGA geforce 8600 gt 256mb
MSI K9-vgm motherboard
550 watt cooler master PSU
ide based hard drives - various sizes
windows xp home
this little guy, however noisy, does a pretty good job for the games i play, like crysis, civ 4, guild wars, supreme commander, bioshock, etc.
but while it performs ok, its starting to show its age, i believe some components are beginning to show signs of failure (although not really tested for this), and this system wasn't exactly built any specific idea in mind.. just with what was available at the store, at that particular time.
After as much researching as i could stand i have come up with this so far.
COOLER MASTER Elite 330 case
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3 motherboard
ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB
OCZ Fatal1ty 550 watt PSU
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
Average medias like SATA HD and a DVD rom.
windows xp home (i realize that xp home won't recognize all of my RAM but i plan to jump on the windows 7 wagon when it rolls into town)
all of these at newegg right now is gonna set me back $700.94 excluding shipping and additional taxes.
thing i still don't have planned out yet are additional ventilation and if i'll need an aftermarket CPU cooling fan. if i can figure it out i'll probably overclock the CPU (not at all a hardware hacker.. or any kind of hacker for that matter )
My 2 biggest goals with this rig is to keep it around the $700 dollar range without compromising performance and to upgrade enough to justify liquidating my old rig.. (meaning is this new build going to blow my old rig away? or just surpass it a bit?)
this is the first computer i'll be building where some actual thought is going into it and i would greatly appreciate any advice, hardware suggestions, changes or simply a better idea on a better value specification that anyone might have.
sorry for the ridiculous wall of text..
will my new rig be better than my old rig? i want to play games without spending more than $700
for my monitor i have a 22" acer that runs at 1680x1050. when i'm gaming i'm not super picky and usually just sit with the resolution that performs best. thanks for the ram and motherboard compatibility heads up!
haha the 720 was my first choice actually but the price gap was a bit more when i settled for the 550. thanks for the updated info!
concerning the ram issue, would it be worthwhile to stick with the ddr2 ram while getting the am3 pocessor? or should i just go with the other board mentioned and just get some ddr3 ram.. the price difference looks like it would be in the realm of about $40..
Good choices (AM3 and 720BE).
If you need to lower the price (although it won't be by much any more), consider dropping back to a HD4850. Since you only have an 8600GT now, that's still a whopping improvement.
I have yet to see a competent technical review of that OCZ Fatal1ty PSU. That doesn't mean it's bad, it just makes it an unknown. OTOH, Antec Earthwatts or TruePower have received only positive competent technical reviews. A 550W TruePower New is $80 (oops, that's the US price).
On your case, consider a cheap Rosewill case instead of the Coolermaster. I used to buy cheap Coolermasters (including that one), and every single one of them had minor quality issues. All were usable (typically there would be untapped screw holes and misalignment). I switched to the cheap Rosewills, and had no such problems with any of them. The layout is very similar.
^+1 about switching to a cheaper Rosewill case...I built my friend a rig and I decided to go with a cheaper Rosewill case in order to bring the build price down and it was totally worth it...actually, I was quite surprised at the quality of the case...
this was the case I got him (more than a year ago) but im pretty sure there are others from Rosewill that are just as good:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147038