I haven't upgraded my PC since December 2007. And with Windows 7 Ultimate now here and general opinion suggesting it is well worth buying, I think its time for an upgrade.
Please can you guys advise if this setup change would be worthwhile:
P5K Premium"Black Pearl"Mobo
Corsair Dominator 6400 4 x 1GB Dominators
2 x160GB Sata 2 Hardrives
Windows Vista Business
Asus Ati Raedeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5
Corsair XMS2 DDR2 8500C5 8GB (4 x2GB sticks)
2 x Western Digital RE3 500GB Sata-II 16mb cache
Windows 7 Ultimate
So basically I'm only going to change the graphics card, increase amount and speed of RAM, more hardrive space and cache, and new operating system.
Would I be correct in assuming that its not really worth buying a new mobo just to get a core i7? Q6600 is still pretty respectable on the charts right?
And upgrading to 8GB DDR2 memory is preferable to expensive DDR3 (I'd only be able to get 4GB if I opted for this)?
And is 5850 HD anygood?
Please feel free to amend/advise but bearing in mind I only have £600 to spend.
Cheers for any advice =)
any more than 4 gig of ramm seems a bit excessive unless your encoding tons of video. you should be able to overclock your ramm to 1066 speeds with a little volt bump. the 5850 is pretty great. it out performs my two 4850s in crossfire in 3d mark scores by almost 10% and uses less power doing it, so in that respect i'm very pleased.
The new RAM you buy will only work at the lowest speed of both different sets. Right now, unless you are a heavy CS4 user or something, for gaming and normal tasks 4gb is enough RAM. If your MOBO supports DDR3, then you would see a greater increase from 4gb DDR3 than you would 8gb DDR2.
Good call on the graphics card, although if it isn't already, you'll probably want to overclock your Q6600 to eliminate any possible bottlenecks.
In regards to upgrading to an i7, it depends on what you do. If you are a heavy multi-tasker or encode a lot of video or any other highly threaded cpu dependent apps, then the i7 will blow the Q6600 out of the water. Just for gaming you will not see a huge increase though as long as, like previously stated, you've got the 6600 overclocked.
But will cut down to just getting 2x2GB DDR2 8500s. If getting 8GB will makelittle difference to a gamer like myself than they can wait. I need to at least get these new sticks as my current ones are causing blue screen errors.
Also will get 2 x samsung spinpoint F3s (but why are they cheaper than F1s??).
And for the time being the Q6600 will do. As it will be too expensive to buy a new mobo and CPU, and that I'm a gamer leads to to think that I can postpone buying an i7.
You should have a pretty good rig once you install your upgrades! As far as why the F3's are cheaper I don't know, could be manufacturing processes or whatever. Also, I'm not sure what raid controller your board has but it might be a good idea to research it, and if it is sub par just get the 1tb F3 vs. two 500gb drives.
And, you probably do but just in case, you do know that you will have to overclock the RAM to get higher speeds right? Just because RAM says a higher speed, it won't run at that speed automatically(most of the time), all it means is that the manufacturer has tested it to be stable up to that speed. Probably knew that already but just double checking