Been out of the Game - $500-600 Budget

Hello All with the release of windows 7 and being that I have not upgraded my computer in 5 years i think I am ready to buy some new parts I wanted to get some input from people that look and deal with this stuff everyday. I currently have a P4 3.0 2gb of ram, an old geforce 5700 ultra vid card

So do you think I should upgrade. I haven't ran into any problems but i still have an agp mobo and its been 5 years or so.

I am looking at the follow:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next month or so

BUDGET RANGE: $500- 600 -- I hate rebates but if it is worth it then okay

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, RAW image processing (Photoshop), Casual gamer (usually just play my ps3)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, harddrive, hopefully Case and PSU, optical drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, zipzoom, amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: open to ideas but was thinking an i5

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: silent or close to it -- MOST IMPORTANT

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MOBO: Gigabyte P55 UD3R

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128401


CPU: I5-2.66

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215


RAM: G Skill 4GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193


VIDEO CARD: G Force 9800

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339


I want a nice heatsink i was looking at the scythe zipbang 2. Because I want the PC to be as silent as possible.

I have the Antec P180 Case and the Seasonic S12 SS-550HT Energy+ 550W SLI EPS Power Supply

So I am hoping those will be good for my new system, which I feel like they should work fine. I just hope the PSU has the right connectors and juice for the mobo. I have not checked if that will work or not. Does anyone know?

Let me know what you think...i think the price is about $550 or so.
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  1. I think that board only supports CrossFireX. If you want to SLI later with that 9800, then you should get a board that supports SLI like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400. The Antec P180 case is a pretty quiet case, as long as you don't load it up with noisy fans in the front.

    What are you going to use for Hard Drives?
    I would recommend WD Blacks or Samungs F1 or F3
  2. I have never done anything sli or xfire so i just pick a decent vid card. I guess i should look to get at leats are card that would support that feature if i later find i need that.

    The p180 is what i am using now it is great and nice and quiet I have it like 2 to 3 years. A little big though (thats what she said)


    The harddrive to me is immaterial and same with the opticals. I think My DVD burner is sata and decent the cd burner i have is old and an IDE (junk), and harddrive i have is a western digital of some sort which i am already going to buy a wd black model but i don't want that figured in the cost.


    PS akuma sucks...... :o
  3. The 9800 GTX+ is NOT a quiet card. I strongly recommend you look at the ATI 5770 which is about the same price, 50% faster, uses less power and is quieter.
  4. dndhatcher said:
    The 9800 GTX+ is NOT a quiet card. I strongly recommend you look at the ATI 5770 which is about the same price, 50% faster, uses less power and is quieter.


    There's a benchmark somewhere on Tom's that show the 5770 runs only a little bit faster than the 4770. both cards are decent, but are only 128-bit cards.
    As with the 9800 and GTS 250. They are all on the low-mid end of gaming cards. The 4870 would be a better card. It's only like $20 more than the 9800 GTX+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436
  5. Honestly, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. If your PC is handling all the tasks you have for it then why spend the money for a new one ? Keep saving your cash and when it fails to do what you need it to do, build one then.
  6. yeah, my pc seems to be slowing down lately...so i am going to format and see how that helps.
    It has a fairly long boot time and to load programs anymore it seems like it takes a lot longer than it used it.

    I have turned off almost ever start item in msconfig.
  7. masterasia said:
    There's a benchmark somewhere on Tom's that show the 5770 runs only a little bit faster than the 4770. both cards are decent, but are only 128-bit cards.
    As with the 9800 and GTS 250. They are all on the low-mid end of gaming cards. The 4870 would be a better card. It's only like $20 more than the 9800 GTX+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436
    The benchmarks all show the 5770 running a bit slower than the 4870 and GTX 260. Ive never seen a 4770 in any benchmark with the 5770. I know for certain that the 5770 is faster than a 9800 GTX+ as I just made that change myself. I also think calling a 4870 better is very subjective. Ithe 4870 is at end of lifespan. Today it is faster and cheaper than a 5770, but because it is stuck at DX10 it is not necesarily a better choice for someone who doesnt replace graphics cards every 2 years.
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