Time to upgrade PC

Alright guys...I've decided I'm going to upgrade my PC. Ive decided I'm going to get a desktop. Instead of boring you with mundane details about my current setup..let me simply preface my post by stating I do not need a monitor or any other peripherals...simply the tower.

My budget is around $1000. I want to get the best system possible. I do some gaming...

Obviously I would like to get the best value for my money and I'm asking here instead of being brainwashed by salespeople.

Questions:

1. Can I reasonably expect to buy a unit that wont be overly outdated in the next 2-3 years for this price range?

2. Most importantly, what combination of processor and memory should I be looking for?

3. I already own a GeForce 8800GT Alpha Dog GPU (sitting in my closet)...from what I know this is still a decent GPU so I don't *think* I need one...will upgrade this in the future.....


Again, looking for the best possible setup for the money....something that I wont need to upgrade for a couple years.

Thanks in advance!!
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  1. barlow078 said:
    Alright guys...I've decided I'm going to upgrade my PC. Ive decided I'm going to get a desktop. Instead of boring you with mundane details about my current setup..let me simply preface my post by stating I do not need a monitor or any other peripherals...simply the tower.

    My budget is around $1000. I want to get the best system possible. I do some gaming...

    Obviously I would like to get the best value for my money and I'm asking here instead of being brainwashed by salespeople.

    Questions:

    1. Can I reasonably expect to buy a unit that wont be overly outdated in the next 2-3 years for this price range?

    2. Most importantly, what combination of processor and memory should I be looking for?

    3. I already own a GeForce 8800GT Alpha Dog GPU (sitting in my closet)...from what I know this is still a decent GPU so I don't *think* I need one...will upgrade this in the future.....


    Again, looking for the best possible setup for the money....something that I wont need to upgrade for a couple years.

    Thanks in advance!!



    Thoughts on this potential system?



    Case: CoolerMaster Elite 310 MidTower

    PSU: Corsair 750W CMPSU-750TX-Quad SLI Ready

    CPU: Intel Core™ i7-860 2.80 GHz 8M L2 Cache LGA1156

    Cooling Fan: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink

    Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] EVGA P55 TR Intel P55V Chipset DDR3 Socket 1156 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, & 2 PCIe X1

    Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Dominator)

    GPU: GeForce 8800GT Alpha Dog 512MB

    HD: 1TB (1TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

    SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

    NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

    OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-BIT
  2. I think your plan is good enough, except for gpu card... with that system, u might considering to get a better one, like GTX 260 or higher...
  3. Right..I plan on upgrading that in the future...

    I have a few other questions..

    1. Will I really need that Extra Cooling Fan? (Extra Case Fan: Maximum Enemax 120MM Case Cooling Fan- 1000 RPM Eniobal Magnetic Barometric Bearing 17 dba )

    2. Do I really need the upgraded Cooling Fan Venom Boost Extreme OC Xigmatek Dark Knight-S1283V Gaming CPU cooling Fan (Double layer HDT technology for maximum cooling) or can I just go with the stock Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink

    3. As far as the Motherboard..this seems to be one of the cheapest offered on the site I'm looking at getting this system.....is it reliable/upgradable in the future? ([CrossFireX/SLI] EVGA P55 TR Intel P55V Chipset DDR3 Socket 1156 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, & 2 PCIe X1)

    4. With this new DDR3 memory, is 8GB really needed or can I save some money towards getting a new GPU and just get 4GB?
  4. bump :)
  5. No, u don't need the extra cooling fan if your temps are good.
    Yes, HDT is very good cooling system, much better than the stock cooling.
    With that system, u can survive about 2-3 years, so it's very good.
    If u can, why not? 8GB is good for now and for future, it's DDR3, newest tech... :)
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