I have a Asus P5K Premium MB and I want to upgrade to the best processor / memory and graphics card that would bring out the best of the board. I am not restricted to cash restraints just want a good gaming PC without building a whole new PC. any advice would be appreciated, thank you. Jim
My current pc
Asus P5K Premium
Radeon X1950 PRO
intel(r) Core(TM)2 Duo E8400@3.00gGHz
running XP upgrading to Windows7 possibly 64 bit if recomended with 3.25GB Ram
With the exception of your GPU, you have a good gaming rig.
The CPU is great for gaming and while there are quads, they won't bring you the returns you're looking for considering the cost.
Windows 7 can increase performance in games as it supports DX11 and shouldn't be too long before games start shipping that use it. I'm guessing you have 4 gigs for ram installed, which is enough for gaming, but you would have access to all 4 in Win7 64bit. So that's a good choice if you're upgrading the OS anyway.
That leaves the GPU. The P35 boards use PCIe 1.0 x16 slots, which work at the same bandwidth as PCIe 2.0 x8 slots. The heaviest GPU I'd put into that mobo is a 5770 or stretch it to a 5850. Anything more would saturate the bandwidth and you're paying for more GPU than you can use. To give the best recommendation for a GPU, can you list the resolution of the monitor you are playing on and also the power suppy and case you're using.
Thank you for the warm welcome and speedy reply.
I am currently using a Sumsung 26" LCD REs 1920x1200
I am unsure of the make and model of Power unit as it was a couple of years ago i built it but I am sure it was a 750w output the same for the case but it is a monster of a thing with plenty room 5 fans never a prob with overheating.
I'd recommend the 5850 for that resolution if you want detail levels higher. You can get away with the 5770 with some details not at high. That will depend on the games you play. The catch though, the 5850s sell out quickly when inventories do come in.
The only other component that can really effect some games is stepping up to a SDD. I'm not the one to really ask on those, but if you play MMOPGs, it can help alot when there's a lot of avatars on the screen.
If you want to try your hand at overclocking, that CPU should get to 4ghz on air with a good aftermarket cooler. Might help a touch with games.