Yeah, like others here I'm going to upgrade - present system is a P4 3.0GHZ and have been out of touch with hardware for sometime now
But, I'm very excited about getting back into building a system again. I've done a lot of reading over the last few days and here's what I've come up with so far
core i5 2.6 - decided this over quad core for performance and architecture upgradation and over i7 for price.
LGA 1156 - just in case I want to upgrade to an i7 down the road. I saw that i7's come in 2 different chip sets. Am I ok here?
Asus -7p55d and Gigabyte GAA-p55M are the 2 I'm interested in for the price and performance. They also have some good ratings on Newegg. Thoughts? I'm thinking the Asus because my present one is an Asus and has been trouble free for well over 5 years.
ddr3 1600 is memory for price and performance mix,. I'm thinking GSKILL 4GB (2x2). I have crucial and that has given me a couple of issues but largely trouble free.
I'm undecided over graphics card. I have an ATI now but before that used to have NVIDIA. I know this is a very broad question and one that will open up a can of works. I'm thinking ATI. Any recommendations? Sapphire seems to have a lt of cards. I have a Diamond now.
Have plenty of hard drives that I can reuse, so won't buy any
I am planning on reusing my SB Audigy2 Platinum Ex for now. Mobo has PCI slot I can use. Maybe an upgrade down the road
Also, can anyone recommend a heatsink+fan for cpu? I am leaning away from thermaltake. Returned 2 a few years ago because of noise.
Any recommendations for a cabinet? I can't believe how many cabinets there are out there. Newegg has a LARGE selection.
Thanks for any suggestions and lending me your ears
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1st Week of Nov (Early thanksgiving gift to.....MYSELF )
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming but not port-the-latest-WII-games-or-latest-FPS-Games, surginf obviously, watch online broadcasts, other video/music related stuff.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: HDD (Have Sata 100/300 drives I can use and reuse), Soundcard(Reuisng my Audigy 2 Platinum ex), keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers (have logtech's surround
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ( newegg.com, amazon.com, zipzoomfly.com) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (Intel Processor on an Asus/Gigabyte mobo with an ATI based GPU
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: WOuld like a quiet system but am not averse to moderate noise. The bling on the system matters but not so much. What does matter is the number of fans on the system. I must have a COOL system because I;ll be running several hard drives etc. I wan to achieve this just by fans since I'm not an overlocker that will need water cooling etc.
Thanks a LOT for your reply. Much of your choices are very similar to what I had on my wishlist, except I had the Asus mobo and Sapphire card. Don't need an HDD or dvd burner. Not sure I like the Giagbit's micro atx and lack of pci althogh i don't plan on having cards beyond sound and graphics
now, one question I did have was about GPU. You say that if I save money with an AMD, I can get a "better" GPU. My info is that the 5770 is one of the new budget GPU's that's a great cross betwee performance and price and supposedly outperforms some more expensive cards. By better, do you mean a crossfire solution or one with a higher memory bitrate abd stream processing?
Not interested in the former, and I think the latter is only if you plan to do slightly more FPU intense first person shooters....thoughts?
more money of course gets a better system but would you recommend upping the budget a bit more and going for a better card even though I don't plan on playing the the latest and greatest graphic intensive games?
Thanks again for your reply. Traditionally, I've always owned Intel systems and I think I will end up being wwith Intel....yeah, I'm a guy of set choices
So, going by the earlier build you provided, would you recommend upping the budget and getting the 5850 GPU or is the performance gain not worth the $100? I know it is hard to gauge what soemone else defines as gaming performance, but I'm more a Company of Heroes and Fifa kinda guy than Rage or crysis