HDD: 2 x Seagate Barracuda Sata II 5 GB 1 x Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Sata II
DVD-ROM: Samsung Writemaster 16X
OS: Microsoft Vista 64-bit Ultimate SP 2
Display: Samsung Syncmaster 2232GW "22" Inch 2 Ms lcd
Peripherals: 1 x Seagate 500 GB external USB hdd, 1 x Microsoft media keyboard (corded), 1 x Microsoft X8 Gamin mouse.
Sorry if it's long winded, i don't know if peripherals or such can affect performance.
My Question is, my GF has ordered me some components, she already bought them and it's too late to return them, i woudl just like to know if and what performance differences i will see with them, and if possible, what gaming improvements.
New PSU: GIGABYTE® ODIN PRO 1200W Modular Power Supply - Cable Management, SLI / Crossfire, 14cm Silent LED Fan, Includes Power Cable
10x SATA Power / 8x MOLEX Power / 2x FDD Power / 6x 8-Pin (6 2-Pin) PCI Express Power
U have made a upgrade from LGA 775 socket to a ....LGA 775 Socket?
What a waste of money i can see only!
The first build was just OK, needed some Overclock to improve the gaming performance on a 22" Display.But with that board u cannot do much of overclock with a 1333 MHz FSB CPU.
DDR3 memory with a 775 socket CPU are just a waste.The new upgrade do minimum to zero improvement for gaming.
And that PSU is Overkill for C2Q or C2C system if u don't do SLI, CFX or/and heavy Overclock.
If u don't use the old system anymore..just sell it.
Return the new CPU and motherboard and get a new P55 chipset based system combo.i5 or i7 CPU LGA1156.This is the present and the near future on Intel side mainstream.LGA1156 system is the best of u can have with that money.U keep the memory,(have a better use now)or maybe u will change that brand with something of better quality.Keep also the new PSU,and all the rest.
If u have no issues with the money just get some bigger display ,another identical video card,SLI and enjoy the power of a new REAL improvement.
Is your choice..u can do whatever u want to do.
This is my opinion.
I don't think you'll see much of any performance increase in games. The e8400 is still one of the better performing gaming CPUs. The upgrade to the q9650 will allow you to multitask more, but the performance difference in gaming will be negligible.
Thanks aford10. The E8400 has served me well, i'm inclined to let her cancel the order and see if i can't wedge an I7 instead, jsut don't know anythign about them, or the I5 for that matter, they are still very expensive here in South Africa.
The money would be much better served on either an i7 or i5 system. The 1366 socket will probably have a longer life span than the 1156. So, the i7 920 is a good choice if you have thoughts up slapping in a new CPU down the road.
On the other hand, the i5 is a bit cheaper. If you can fit it in your budget, the i5 750 would still be a better choice for an upgrade.
So far it looks good, looks like i can get the Following instead for a little more :
Intel® Boxed Core™ i7 920 Processor - 2.66GHz Quad Core, Socket 1366, 8MB L3, 4.8GT/s QPI, 45nm, x64 Support, 3 Year
I'd still be getting the 1200 W odin modular PSU and the 8 GB of 1800 mhz AXE Ram.
I think my biggest worries are my ASUS GTX 260 and windows 7 , i have no idea how either will perform with this build so far my GTX 260 has been fine, only played 2 games i couldn't run on high with 1680 x 1050 and that wast GTA IV and ARMA II
OK, thanks for all the support guys !
The best i coudl get from the supplier at the budget i had is the following:
( This will be the complete build now including older parts and new ones, the complete machine)
GRAPHICS CARD = ASUS GTX260/HTDP/896M/A 896 MB RAM 449-bit
PSU = GIGABYTE® ODIN GT 800W Modular Power Supply - Cable Management, Monitoring Software, 14cm Silent LED Fan, SLI, Crossfire, Power Cable
6x SATA Power / 5x MOLEX Power / 1x FDD Power / 4x 8-Pin (6+2-Pin) PCI Express Power
HDD = 2 x Seagate Barracuda Sata II 5 GB 1 x Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Sata II
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
DISPLAY = Samsung Syncmaster 2232GW "22" Inch 2 Ms lcd
PERIPHERALS = 1 x Seagate 500 GB external USB hdd, 1 x Microsoft media keyboard (corded), 1 x Microsoft X8 Gaming mouse.
I'd just like to know if this machine will be a significant or noticable difference in performance in gaming to the previous build i posted and to what i have currently.
Thanks in advance !
YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE RAM!
The 1366 socket motherboards work with triple channel memory. You need a 3 x 1GB or 3 x 2GB kit.
The gtx 260 is a decent card. I would suggest the ATI 4870 or 5770 though. The 4870 is the more powerful card. The 5770 has dx11 support available with windows 7. Both are cheaper than the overpriced Nvidia cards.
The Gigabyte PSU wouldn't be my top choice in PSU. Is there a reason you picked it? They aren't known for making high quality PSUs.