I'm looking to upgrade just my mobo/cpu/video card. I will be building my girlfriend a new rig, and figured I could simply give her the old parts of mine that I don't need, and this gives me an excuse to upgrade my system. Right now I am running a E2180 in an Abit IP35P with 8gb of Gskill pc-6400 memory. My video card is an 8800GT.
Will I see a significant boost in performance here? Should I just stick with my old LGA - 775 MOBO and buy a new processor? I want to upgrade, but don't know where I'm going to be getting the best bang for my buck.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week. BUDGET RANGE: Best bang for my buck, hopefully not more than $400.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming! Then movies etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I want to reuse pretty much everything. My PSU is a Corsair vx550w, case is an Antec 900.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I usually shop with newegg, but if another company has stuff cheaper, I'm down. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I think I want to jump on board with the i5-750.
OVERCLOCKING: Probably. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but would rather not.
The E2180 would be limiting the 8800GT, the thing runs at 1.8~2.2 GHz (I forgot what's the exact speed). You might want to try taking it to 2.6~3.0GHz and see if there is any improvement.
If you still ain't happy, then it would be time to buy an i5.
Well I think my girlfriend is going to "buy" my mobo/cpu/memory/video card for $100 or so. I want her to have a gaming rig, as I've finally convinced her to play TF2 with me! I also gave her the option to buy a new CPU as I don't want it bottlenecking performance. She'll be happy spending under $300, and I'll get my new i5 system.
Whatdya guys think? Or am I better off parting this computer out on craigslist and buying her a new system?
No, I think getting a CPU that just perfectly compliments the 8800GT then doing your build would be best. Although I have to ask - I looked at the chart and this is the 512 MB RAM version right? The 256 MB version is 3 tiers lower. Just so you have a rough feeling for it, the 4870 is 3 tiers higher than the 512 MB version.
Being an AMD guy though, I don't really know what CPU you should put into it though. I can tell you that one for 100 (and probably less) would do it without bottlenecking it.