I have a budget of $550 with rebates. My current system is a 939 socket single core athlon 2.4ghz, 1 gig 400mhz ram, 160gb ide hard drive, and AGP radeon 4650, 200w power supply.
I have a new monitor, shoulda waited and put money into tower instead =/ Wasn't thinking straight. Anyways here is what i am looking at, please tell me if there is anything better for my money? Also i do not need a dedicated graphics card as of now. I will get a radeon 5770 a few months from now when i play more intensive games.
How does this look? All i really play right now is WoW and want the experience of building my own tower. I am only 15 years old so thats why my budget is so low, been saving up shoveling and mowing lawns for this thing. I just wanted to know if there was anything out there that is better for my low budget? Thanks guys.
Will i notice a difference going from the quad core to the triple? Thats the only thing i was wondering if i could skimp on was the mobo and cpu. If i could do that combo i think i could get a dedicated gpu right away.
How does this look? Will i actually notice a big difference between the athlon and the phenomenon 955? The only difference i really see is the L3 cache and speeds. Is the L3 cache worth $60 bucks more? I really don't understand what that is. What do you think i could get the Athlon pushing for speeds? It will be on air for awhile, but i can upgrade the heatsink and fan if needed. I just know anything is going to be better than a socket 939 single core 2.4ghz.
There is no doubt that the quad will be faster (in some uses anyway) but that triple core is the sweet spot. I use a Phenom II x3 720 and it is doing a pretty good job. (I got it before the athlon II x3's came out) Especially for specifically gaming. In most games there isn't a difference between the quad and tri core CPUs.
Something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
would do it if you got graphics right away. (this doesn't have them onboard) but it does have USB3 and SATAIII which are both still very new. Might be useful to have. It's probably a better overclocking board and whatnot too.
I also see no reason why not to go with the hard drive batuchka mentioned or the samsung spinpoint f3 500 gig drive. They're faster than that one and bigger, and only $5 more.
Also: What're you doing with the old system? That AGP graphics card will fetch a pretty penny on ebay. May even get nearly what you paid for it if you have the original box and use pictures. (I sold a 2600 XT for a friend of mine when we were getting rid of his old secondary computer and his pile of old stuff to make room (and money) for a new setup (which used a x3, BTW) and someone used the $60 buy it now which was more than he bought it for new.)
Hows that look? I got the hard drive he posted, a triple core processor, and a little different mobo. I think this looks like the set up im going to go with. Its even under the $500 mark without ship, plus $45 in rebates! I can probably get a used card here on the forums or on ebay and be just around that $550 mark!
With my old system, im currently trying to sell it. I just bought the graphics card like 2 months ago. Shoulda waited and found tomshardware first! I can take it out and put it up on ebay. It is this graphics card here. Should i set a $75 buy it now? The old system is nothing great. I think ill be lucky to get $250 out of it.