I have been using Pentium 4 2.4Ghz with socket 478 for a long time, then recently I realized that I can't watch HD video smoothly and even game like Warcraft III lag me out if too many units load together.
So I decided to buy a new CPU, here's the specs that got my attention:
Motherboard - Asus P7P55D-E PRO
Processor - Quad Core i5-750
RAM - Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333MHz 2GB x 2
HDD - Seagate 7200RPM Sata 3.0 500GB
Graphic - Need help
PSU - Doesn't matter, I will calculate after things set, or you do it for me too
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE
- this weekend
- around $100, value in money
- Aspect ratio 4:3 (probably1600 x 1200)
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT
-#1 duration, as i never off cpu 24/7 for years
-#2 watch movie, like 1080p, bluray, dvd smoothly
-#3 I seldom play games, if do also LAN warcraft III with friends or Half Life 2 based engine games like left 4 dead @ maximum setting & resolution 1600 x 1200 smoothly
- im a busy working guy that leave my CPU turn on in home 24/7 for years
- i don't need Direct X 11
I would honestly skip on the 4850 card. It is a last generation card and you can get better performance in a smaller card that consumes less power.
If you are going to do some light gaming I would suggest a 5750/5770 card. The 5770 is only about $5 - $20 more for 10-15% performance gain. I'd recommend that. It is really the mainstream card to get if you are considering gaming. Below are some of my suggestions for a 5750/5770 and PSU.
Honestly I would get this 700W PSU even though it is MORE than what you need. It is a good deal and a solid PSU is always something good to have for any future expansions. The 700W OCZ has free shipping over the 500W (which is $10). They both has a $25 MIR as well making them a good deal.
Any of these would be fine with a 4850 as well if you decide to go that route. There are also some GTS 250 cards that are at a similar price point as teh 4850. It performs similar and sometimes better than a 4850.