APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Q1 2010 BUDGET RANGE: Max $500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I would like to recycle as much as possible to keep cost down. See additional comments for parts I have now
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg but not opposed to other.
PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1400 X 900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a system that will work well for gaming through 2011-12 and allow surfing, streaming video, and processing. As stated above, I would like to keep it to a minimum on price. Below is a list of what I have now. If any of it is garbage, please let me know what you would recommend. It is will work for a little while longer, let me know that too, and I will look into replacing over time. Basically, I want to play games like Dragon Age, and Mass Effect 2, along with older titles like EU3 and Civ4. Thanks for your help.
I would say just keep the MB and either overclock or drop a new processor in....but that MB is not one that can OC well, and since its a dead socket the good drop in replacements are starting to get expensive. For the price of a good quad core 775 drop in you can get something like a
or check the 550be combo deals available when you are ready to purchase...just be sure you get a board that supports ddr2 memory and has ACC so you can unlock the other cores of the processor. Plus, the 550 overclocks well for a AMD.
which should work fine for your resolution. You could even get a 4870 512mb version if you can find one for about $125, but they are getting scarce. You might try checking ebay to see if there is still some old stock floating around. If you want to future proof your system a little more, get a 5770
This will cost you between $300 - $400. Which leaves you $100+ to play with. You might consider getting a board that supports DDR3 (most gigabyte AM3 boards have two versions, one for DDR2 and one for DDR3). You can sell your current ram for a decent price and pick up 4gb of DDR3 for about $100.
Future upgrades...case, HDD, and cpu cooler...but those can wait for a while.
To clear up, the parts listed are NOT what I want to buy, they are what I have now. If as Masterasia says and it is all outdated, I could always build a word processing and web surfing computer out of what I have and a game rig separately.
@masterasia: So I should just trash it all and start from scratch? Can you suggest a decent build that wont kill my pocketbook?
@belial2k: I am a little confused. Are you sating keep everything I have except for the MOBO/Chip, GPU, and Mem? That was more along the lines I was thinking.
I have a few XP licenses, but am wondering if I need to make the jump to MS7. If so, I think I can get a academia version at school, but I will need to check into that. If it fits into the budget that would be great, if not, a small amount of project creep is acceptable. Thanks
EDIT: It would be an upgrade version, but not sure what level to go with.
I don't know how much "project creep" is acceptable, but here's a complete build that's about $75 over budget after MIR. You might find that acceptable since it's a complete tower and you can re-use your old build for another purpose.
HA! My case right now is right fine POS, so I am used to bad cases. I really dont want to spend too much on the case anyway, it is what is on the inside the counts! That seems like a pretty good build, so 586.92 + the cost of the OS, it is a little over budget, but I can swing it more than likely. What is the expectant life of the above rig?