ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically I have a current system which I have upgraded a little bit
It was working fine for what I was playing (MW2, CS: S, DA: O), but when I tried to play BC2
my frames were definitely being bottle-necked and probably by my CPU. Since my CPU is old
if I were to get a new one I would have to get a new MoBo, which also means new memory.
Parts list to follow:
CPU: AMD Athlon 3700+ (64 bit)
MoBo: ASUS A8N-E
Memory: Bland 2x1Gb Dual Channel DDR Memory
GPU: XFX HD 4890
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 850 Watt (I think, not at my computer at the moment but its at least 700 W for sure)
Pretty much what niklas said except the board I am suggesting is native SATA 6Gbps, which at the moment probably still has some kinks to be worked out. You only need to get an aftermarket heatsink if you are going to overclock, if you are then the one niklas suggested is the one to go for.
I just have a few questions:
1. Any thoughts on an i5/i7 build or would that be too expensive for my budget?
2. Would prices be going down with 6 core CPUs coming into the market?
3. Since I am running Windows XP, do I need 4GB of RAM?
Yea you could do an i5 750 build, but you wouldn't be able to afford a good crossfire capable motherboard.
I think only the more expensive CPUs will be affected pricewise by the expensive 6cores. Probably not the ~$200 ones, at least until they get older and the 6core market matures a bit, which isn't going to be soon as they are so new.
No, you probably do not. And if it's the usual 32-bit version then if you got 4GB you would be buying RAM you wouldn't use. I think that what you plan to do in the future will have an impact on what direction to go in, for instance if you decide to go to a 64bit OS then it would be nice to have the RAM already, and changing motherboards is one of the better times to change OS, because you might have to ask microsoft to reactivate your old one when you change mobo.
As long as the memory is slower than the maximum speed supported then it will be fine, altho you will probably have to tell it to run at it's rated speed in the bios, which is normal for RAM above 1333mhz.
Not really sure about the second one. It doesn't have to be the same brand tho.