Hey all...my pc alas is nearing retirement. I've limped this poor machine with its once mighty 9700 Pro through many years, but the poor card is starting to die thanks to a dead HSF.
With that in mind, I'm terribly out of the loop when it comes to new parts...been doing a research marathon, but I still don't know how to best spend my few resources. Anyways....here's my situation.
I have ~$500 US to put into these components: CPU, video card, RAM, mobo
Already have a capable hdd and optical drives...
Right now the build in my head:
Phenom II 955
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 (cheapest mobo on newegg that supports ddr3 and has crossfire)
some nature of decent DDR3 1333 RAM
This works out to be just a shade under $500 shipped.
I'm pretty much exclusively a gamer, so I'm trying to maximize framerate and not productivity. I would love to have more video card power (5850), but my thinking is with this setup I can slap another 5770 in. Any suggestions on how I could swap things out to get a bit more gaming power? I'm not stuck on AMD though my current setup is a 2700+ and has lasted me many years, with that in mind, I would love to get into an i5 but the mobos seem expensive for similar features.