Upgrading 2 year old build

Hi all. About 2 years ago I tried my hand at a new build for a home desktop, and it worked out pretty good-----with the one exception that the 64 bit version of Vista was a problem with the DVD drive and some software. But other than that it's been working very well. This forum was invaluable in helping me thought the selection process, and I return to the oracle for new input.

Since I didn't bungle that build, I would now like to replace my office desktop----but I'm sure many of these choices can be improved upon since 2008. Not being a big computer person, the major and obvious concern I have is that all the components are compatable. I suppose I have to get Windows 7, but wonder whether I should avoid the 64 bit version. The only special stuff I will be doing with this new system will be some video editing and some graphics for inspection reports. Nothing super heavy, though.

I'm not concerned about pinching pennies, but don't need the hottest system either. I Just need an up-to-date, reliable, capable system.

Oh, one other thing. The case was one my son had for his build (a gaming setup) about the same time---and his sucess is what inspired me to build my home desktop. Since we had essentially the same components I chose that case. But I wouldn't mind a more conservative look, I suppose, to fit my old school profile. Anyway,here what I ordered last time around:

Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB External Hard Drive ST307504FPA1E3-RK
Item #: N82E16822148255 $162.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPI
Item #: N82E16820231174
--Memory (Modules, USB) $79.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116493

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152100

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128337
Gigabyte (626)-854-9338 option 4 www.giga-byte.com $84.99

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811156078

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500
Item #: N82E16819115036
--Processors (CPUs) Return Policy
Intel (800)-628-8686 Please Verify Processor matches order Prior to installation.$189.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139004

DIAMOND 4850PE3512 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814103060

I appreciate any input and comments. Thanks,

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  1. i'd say its a good system that could run into early 2011 but if you want to upgrade what you currently have i'd say get a good cpu cooler and clock that e8500 to round 4ghz and add an ati 5850

    a quick quad core would be a q9400 or 9505 but they are getting ridiculously expensive these days

    but for a full overhaul the top line platform is intel socket 1366
    you can get something like
    i7 930
    6gb ddr
    gigabyte x58 ud3r usb3 board
    ati 5850
    for bout $900 odd

    second in line is intel 1156 platform
    i5 750
    4gb ddr3
    asus p55-e pro board
    ati 5850
    thats bout $750 odd

    the best value platform is the amd am3 platform

    amd 955
    asus 890 pro board
    4gb ddr3
    ati 5850

    for bout $650 odd

    or add the phenom 6 core 1055 that takes the price to bout $700 odd
  2. Thanks for the fast feedback. Using most of your suggestions, can you (or anyone) comment on how this looks now? The video card is out of stock (if that is the one you meant) so either have to get elsewhere or need another recomendation. Appreciate very much comments on compatability of these items. Build price at $1,400 with this setup, which is OK, but please advise on any item thought to be mismatched, overpriced, or whatever.

    items removed.......see new list in later post
  3. oops----looks like the motherboard and CPU are not compatible. I will repost with different items.
  4. How about this configuration.......

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $288.99

    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK $199.99

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $139.99

    XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $309.99

    RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case $89.99

    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer $27.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $139.99
  5. look ok but ocz ram been having issues lately get these instead


    i would rather opt for the newer i7 930
  6. Thanks for that! I'll check it out. This thread got a bit confusing with edits and changes, so I just simplified it in a newer post called "readly to pull the trigger"....

    I really appreciate the input and help, obsidian!
  7. Unless you're going to toss in another graphics card down the line, that 750 PSU is overkill...

    Windows 7 Professional isn't really needed unless you absolutely have to have the extra features over Home Premium

    Also, the WD Caviar Black that you have selected is not the best choice...

    Either the Samsung or Seagate are the most recommended right now...




    the Samsung is $20 off right now with Promo Code: EMCYSZW23

    EDIT: I forgot to mention WHY these are better HDD's...basically...they're faster...check the "Charts" tab here at Tom's and you'll see what I mean.

    If you're going to be doing video editing, check into the software package that you'll be using and see if there is a recommended graphics card...some software plays well with nVidia CUDA...if that were the case I would recommend going with an nVidia based card...otherwise the 5850 is fine.
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