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Upgrade issue! what to salvage for a new build?

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January 6, 2010 3:00:40 PM

Dear Forum,
I was reading Tom's Hardware about two years ago and got some great advice on a BYOPC project and built my first basic gaming PC, I love it! However, the computer has recently crashed to a Blue Screen of Death after windows xp boots up. I do not want to waste more time repairing it so i thought of upgrading the entire pc and then pulling files from the old harddrive. I was wondering if the forum could advise me on what to salvage and what to look for as replacements.

I currently use the computer for gaming, photoshop and I am looking to purchase Adobe Dreamweaver.
Current Components:

Antec 650 watt powersupply

Antec p182 case... I will be buying four new quiet 120 mm fans for this. No idea what type yet I just want to cut down the noise.

Asus P5k Motherboard (acpi) ATX .... I want to replace this, I have had a few gliches from it in the past.

Core 2 Quad 6600 2.40 ghz. I think the chip is still pretty good. I prefer intel products.

I have 2mb RAM, ddr2-800. I want to upgrade to 4 MB but I need to consider MB and OS first.

I need a new graphics card! My nvidia evga 8800gt overheats and I think has faulty memory cooling. (artifacts)

Old hard drive will be used as a second drive and a new operating system, windows 7, will be installed on a new faster drive I have yet to purchase.

lastly I am going to replace the cheap,slow Samsung Optical Drive I have, I paid $20.00 for it.

I will keep my 1680x1150 monitor, keyboard and mouse.

My budget is limited only to value, I will pay more as long as I get a good return on my investment. Looking at no more than say $700-$800 for core components and maybe $200 for extras like LEd fans and maybe a fan control or replace my stock CPU Fan.

I could use any advice or tips you have to share.


P.S. I have a Microcenter about an hour from me but I thought I would order from Newegg.com this time.

January 6, 2010 3:10:50 PM

well you have 2mb ram now and you want to upgrade to a 4mb....ill recommend you go for a 4gb dominator 1066mhz ddr2 if you stick with ddr2 not 3.

4830 is a card less than 100$ and clocks to 4850 with stock cooling.
5830 is a card with dx11 support and is cheap and effective.

The ship you have is a good one....spending money on a x58 mobo is useless at this point....for only a 20-30% increase in gaming.....instead spend money on a card.....

In your rig,all you need.....honestly.....

Single ati radeon 5890
4gb corsair dominator 1066mhz

there is a mobo, intel dp55sg. This is crossfire supported and ddr3 too.....cost $130.

pair this with 4gb ddr3 and 5850 crossfire.....and thats a powerful built...
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January 6, 2010 3:37:06 PM

Keeps:
Antec 650w PSU
Antec P182

Purchases:
CPU & MOBO Comob: Intel i5 750 & ASUS P7P55D PRO - $344.98
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $99.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 5770 - $164.99
DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $104.99
Total Cost: $799.93

For your budget, I would recommend pretty much a complete upgrade to your system, outside of just upgrading your MOBO, RAM and GPU to keep the Q6600. It is a good CPU but is out dated an could use an upgrade for a big impact. Here is a comparison between the Q6600 and i5 750... http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=53&p2=109

Extras:
HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $907.36

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2010 3:46:21 PM

Keeps: Current CPU
Antec 650w PSU
Antec P182
Q6600

Purchases:
MOBO: ASUS P5Q Pro TurboOCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 - $105.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
GPU: ASUS HD 5850 1GB - $299.99
DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
OS: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 " target="_blank">Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit] - $134.99
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
GPU: ASUS HD 5850 1GB - $299.99
DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
OS: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $104.99
Total Cost: $730.94

Extras:
HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37" target="_blank"> - $105.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
GPU: ASUS HD 5850 1GB - $299.99
DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
OS: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $104.99
Total Cost: $730.94

Extras:
HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37" target="_blank">SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
GPU: ASUS HD 5850 1GB - $299.99
DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
OS: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $104.99
Total Cost: $730.94

Extras:
HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37" target="_blank"> - $105.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
GPU: ASUS HD 5850 1GB - $299.99
DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
OS: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $104.99
Total Cost: $730.94

Extras:
HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

Total Cost: $838.37[/urlExt]
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January 6, 2010 4:25:23 PM

Thanks for the advice guys, I am considering ordering sometime tomorrow so I have a day to consider the changes. I do wonder, are nvidia cards now trailing other GPU Manufacturers in terms of benchmarks vs price? I am partial to nvidia. Also, is it worth keeping ddr2 ram or should all builds from now on be looking to use ddr3?
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January 6, 2010 4:57:13 PM

Yes... Price to Performance the Nvidia cards have fallen behind to ATI. I would only purchase the GTX 275 for current Nvidia cards.

I recommend DDR3 for all new builds because it keeps you out of an EOL motherboard &/or CPU. Also, it is cheaper to buy DDR3 than DDR2 since manufacturers have stopped making DDR2.
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