I’d appreciate some advice on upgrading my gaming computer.
To get most bang for my buck, which component(s) should I replace? I want to keep it under $200, but this needs to be a significant improvement or else I just hold off and build an entirely new one next year.
Asus P5W Deluxe Mobo
Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU
2 Gig RAM
8800 GTS 512 Vid Card
I’m currently using a 22” 1680 x 1050 monitor, but would like to upgrade to 1080p at some point. Or should I wait until I build a new system to handle the increased resolution?
Update: I read thru some more posts and now suspect that the best answer is to OC my processor (which I haven't done) and not throw more money at this computer.
Also, I just saw tecmo34's post of recommended builds and maybe I won't wait so long to build a new one afterall. I can re-use a lot of my current system (case, hard drives, sound card, heatsink, power supply, mouse, keyboard, monitor), so really I just need a mobo, vid card, RAM, and (reluctanty) Vista.
That will be a lot more that $200, of course, but I'll need a new sytem eventually in any case.
Pretty sure I've just answered my own question Sorry if I've wasted your time.
not entirely, if you don't have an aftermarket heatsink/fan and good thermal paste, spending $50 there will allow you to get a much better overclock and be a good investment. If you can find a suitable RAM kit cheap, buying another 2 gigs isn't a bad idea either. Waiting for a major rebuild is a great idea, but you don't have to suffer with slow performance until then.
I should have mentioned that I have Tuniq Tower 120, using Arctic Silver 5 (should paste be re-applied?).
I'd love to put in more RAM, but isn't using > 2 gig ram in an XP system problematic? I've read about the /3 gig swich and it seems to be a hit or miss sort of thing, even causing BSOD in some cases. Tho I'll admit I dont know very much about it.
yeah, there should be no issues with putting in 4 GB, just make sure you have all your service packs up to date. You'll only get 3.25 GB usable as Twoboxer said, but that's still 1.25GB more than you have now. As for reapplying the paste, it's not necessary unless you dismount your cooler, or you are finding that your temps aren't as good as they used to be.
Thank you all for the information. I'll OC this weekend and see where that gets me. And yeah, another 1.25 RAM would be great. No reason not to unless I just build another system instead.
By the by, the reason I'd wait to re-build isnt so much the money but, as Twoboxer pointed out, its that my current one isn't *that* bad. It definitely still has some legs and between OC and more RAM, sounds like I can keep it in acceptable limits for while yet.
Definetly make sure you have a good cooler if you want to overclock. Anyway just google "overclocking the Q6600" or something if you need some help getting started. Anyway I would certainly get a better CPU cooler and upgrade your GPU. Keep in mind that you have a crossfire board so if you go with an ATI card you can add another one latter for crossfire. The 4870 1GB is a good buy right now, assuming an appropriate PSU of course.