CPU: Core i7 860 MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX CASE: Centurion 590 HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail or Cooler Master hyper 212 plus
Currently own: Video card: 9800gt (current own, will ugprade later if needed) hard drive: wd 1tb caviar black
my current amd x2 rig is holding back my gaming performance, so it's time for me to upgrade. my budget is around $700-800 and the items listed above cost me about $720 minus the video card, which i already have.
i'm particularly interested in feedback on the motherboard, memory, and PSU (in that order). can i get a better motherboard for what i need? can i get it cheaper? same questions with the memory and PSU.
I definitely do not plan to SLI ever.
I DO plan to overclock to 4ghz. Do I have everything necessary to take me there?
The case and psu combo is at a good price. Your heatsink Cooler Master hyper 212 is pretty much the standard as what everone gets. As for the video card, yeah, you need an upgrade, I'd say a 5850 if you can afford it. A good hard drive is the samsung f3 spinpoints if you want a new one. Other than that, looks good.
thanks for the detailed response, much appreciated.
ok ill bite on the hyper 212. i want to hold off on a video card until i see how far my 9800gt can take me on battlefield 2 bad company before i proceed with a video card upgrade.
the ripjaw suggestion is significantly cheaper and it seems that the voltage is slightly higher and the timing is as well. will i miss out on significant OC'ing ability if i go with the cheaper option?