OKAY. What I have now...
AMD Athlon 4000 (socket 939, so not X2)
DFI Lanparty NF4
2gb Kingston HyperX PC3200 (4x512) dual channel
EVGA Geforce 9800GTX+ 512mb PCI-E (I have a feeling my processor is bottlenecking this card...) (3months old)
Corsair VX550W PSU (3 months old)
500gb Western Digital Caviar Black (4 months)
And yea, that's the main system.
I lag on Warcraft at medium settings in Dalaran. Team Fortress 2 can't recover if I alt-tab. Aion runs at 25fps on medium-high settings and has some really choppy areas.
I am Canadian, so I buy from http://www.newegg.ca or a store 5 minutes away Http://www.memoryexpress.com
I have $400-$500 to spend on an upgrade that I want to play my MMO RPGs on, LFD2 on and much more. I do not want my 9800GTX+ to be bottle capped anymore.
What would you recommend for Processor, motherboard, ram?
I've read a number of articles on the best motherboard parings.
There are a lot of choices!
I want to be able to give overclocking a try when I have some more money and can afford a GREAT case (using my old one) and when the socket has more HSFs available to it (maybe when the mux-120 is out in my area).
SO! With that being said, I'm still in termoil over a few boards.
I like ASUS, GIGABYTE, EVGA
I dislike MSI because it does not have a solid bios backup function, where as Gigabyte has a fantastic one.
EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $219 Most expensive, from what I gather an incredible board in every way.. but probably not worth the price? can anyonce convince me otherwise? Why did I even put this here? I guess I just like EVGA. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Reviewed by Toms as a strong contender, trusted brand and apparently overclocks well. The downfall is the single PCI-E 16x slot? with the other going at 4.0? I won't be doing SLI for months so maybe this won't matter to me?
Downfall is micro ATX when I do not need micro, and apparently is rather cramped. It performs well with overclocking like the ASUS and MSI boards.
It also has a PCI-E 16x slot, AND an 8x slot (not 4!) which is a step above the ASUS for future SLI.
( according to http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2009/09/2... )
Standard sized, yay! This board like the ASUS has a PCI-E 16x slot, and a 4x rated slot. This and the ASUS seem VERY similar in overclocking and everything. If they were identical in 'potential' I suppose I'd choose this cheaper one.
ANYWAYS! those are my thoughts outlined. Your thoughts?
- I want to overclock decently for the value. What do I mean by that? If the difference between the $220motherboard A and the $150motherboard B is marginal with no other bonuses to motherboard A, then B is the way to go!
- I am not going SLI for quite some time, maybe never if my performance feels great. So this is not a 'huge deciding factor