SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming,Watching Movies, Web Usage, MS office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Maybe: Case, A PSU. For sure: Keyboard, mouse, Cables My 360 controller.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: EBay, friend i know who is Memory/Computer parts wholesaler.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Nothing made by Nvidia.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, Soon to be 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Well, my situation is a little diffrent. I'm friends with this guy who works as a tech wholesaler. So any non conumer stuff or stuff that's not cutting edge, i can get for huge discounts off retail or free. A while back I bought a system from him. I got a XW4400 with a 2.4ghz Core 2 duo, 2gb of ddr2, and a 160gb HD. I got it for $200 wich was a deal back then. It had like a 500-400 watt psu or something, and a Radeon X850XT 256mb Pci-e card. He also sold my 8gb DDR2 4x2gb dimms for 36$, and he upgraded my 160gb drive to a 750 and a 450gb seagates for 25$. I bought a radeon 4870 1gb off ebay for 93$. I also bought a 22" samsung moniter for 75$. I'm wondering what I should upgrade. I can't overclock it, since it's an HP. The only CPU that's compatible is a QX6700, and that would cost me 125$ to upgrade from my E6600. I'm wondering what i should do to upgrade, and wether or not to reuse any parts. I want to spend under 500-200$. I'm wondering wherever or not to reuse parts. The case is nice, solid metal. Parts suggestions would be nice. Maybe a 4870X2 to trifire. The only thing is, my friend doesn't have DDR3 in stock, so i would have to pay reatil, somehting i hate. So i might be limited to DDR2.
Fork, yes. I realize your mobo can't overclock, but the QX6700 will be faster than E6600 in most everything. It's a quad for crying out loud. No way you can get it for $125 anywhere else. You might wanna ask him for a good overclocking LGA755 mobo like ASUS P5K and you'd be golden. The X stands for extreme & unlocked multiplier. Heat will be the only limit. You can't buy an X in LGA 1156 without about a $1000. Or the QX9600 w/o a few hundreds. 3.6Ghz would be a given on a good air cooler.
Try & ask him for the QX6700, P5K, 2 more gigs of ram of the same speed as yours, a HD4890. Basically, try to get a quote that's under $500. I'm betting it's about $450. That's WAY faster than your lowly X850XT + C2D 2.4Ghz rig. There are many overclocking guides for LGA775.
I realize LGA 775 & DX10 are last gen, but you got a source in wholesales. I'd not pass it up. If you want the new i5 750 LGA 1156 + HD 5770 and everything, it'd be about $1000.
Thanks! The thing is I bought myself a radeon 4870 1gb off ebay for 93$. He doesn't have any grahics cards, most of waht he gets is from banks foreclosure auctions/goveremnt auctions of seized property. He would take my 2.4ghz C2D, and give me a QX6700 for 125$. I don't need 2gb more of RAM, since i alredy have my mobo maxed out at 8gb. Also he doesn't have any 1156 or 1336 boards or even any nice lga 775. He doesn't have much consumer stuff.
Gen-speak, any mobo will fit the HP case. But it's just $20 for a case from newegg. You shouldn't let an ancient case stop you from upgrading. The HP PSU is standard ATX. You can fit it in any new ATX case. As for fitting a new mobo in the case, worst case scenario would be a few standoffs not lining up. Take 'em out. Use 4-6 standoffs at a minimum.