Motherboard: Asus P4P 800 SE,
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz (what a beast)
PSU: Generic crap
RAM: DDR PC3200 SDRAM 512x2
Videocard: ATI Radeon 9800 PRO (I know, it has antique value)
Storage: Western Digital 750 GB SATA 1, Western Digital 200 GB SATA 1
Soundcard: Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
Case cooling: No fans but the side panel fell off (max airflow)
CPU cooling: stock heatsink and fan
Video/other cooling : non-existent
It's been about 8 years since I built this baby and I am tired of being scared that my computer may catch on fire every time I run a game so ...
Now, I am in between choosing AMD Phenom II X4 or one of Intel's i7's
I am trying to find a motherboard that supports both USB 3.0 and SATA 3, so far the only ones that I found are ASUS P7P55D and a few Gigabyte ones. However, both of those motherboards have intel chipsets not AMD, and I have heard that Intel's LGA 1156 and LGA 1366 will not be around for long before intel comes out with a new chipset limiting my future upgrade possibilities. Also intel setup is on average more expensive than AMD.
If anybody has advice or suggestions I'd appreciate it.
Thank you for the reply guys. I will definitely be using the computer for high end gaming. I have a new Samsung 1080p monitor. Planning to run full HD 1920x1080 resolution. I will be going for Windows 7 64 bit OS.
My budget can be flexible, as long as it is for something that is worth it. I don't mind spending a little extra on a motherboard if it will allow me to upgrade my CPU and RAM in the future. Which is one of the main reasons I am leaning towards AM3 chipset motherboards.
With this you should be able to play any game on High settings at 19XX resolution. Also you could probably look around a bit more and find another combo or two to drop the price even more if you wanted.
Total $925 before rebates and $905 after.
Since there was no real budget listed we could go higher with a 955 or lowe with a X3 425 depends on what you wanted but with this you get the USB3 and Sata 6 as well as ability to XFIRE in the future. If you did not want to XFire then you could get a different mobo and save a few bucks there as well.