Ok so I've had my current computer since '05, was originally an HP Pavillion that I bought for gaming, bought it with the best CPU option (at the time an athlon 64 single core) that I could afford and one gig of DDR ram. Got the cheapest gfx card option and bought an ati 800 sumthin-or-other to give it some power for gaming. Since then I have pretty much gutted the entire thing, the only original parts left in it are the hard drive, the case and the motherboard. Awhile back I upgraded to the fastest thing I could find for the 939 socket, which was an Opteron 185 and bought 2 gigs of ocz platinum ram, with the fastest speed that the motherboard would handle. I bought a new power supply, upgrading the one that was in there from 350 watts to a coolermaster 700 watt psu. I was running an nvidia 8800 gts 320mb in there until jsut recently when i replaced it with a 250 gts, which works ok, but is obviously being bottlenecked by my system. The build with the 8800gts lasted me very nicely until recently, when I bought BFBC2 and could not get it to play well, even on low settings, so I figure its time for an upgrade.
Phew ok that was a mouthful lol. So anyway I am looking to upgrade my system so it will last me awhile for gaming purposes, and some engineering applications I use it for at school. Im looking to get the most bang for my buck here so Im looking for some advice on the components im currently looking at, and seeing if anyone can help me get a guage on the performance boost I can expect from the purchase, and if it is worth the money im going to have to spend.
I am planning to upgrade with a new mobo, cpu and sticks of ram, and keeping the nvidia gts 250 and the 700w power supply. will maybe buy an SSD in the future, but for now im sticking with the old hard drive i have.
Also Im currently running with a rock solid 750 watt coolermaster PSU I bought awhile back, and am on windows 7
At this point, with the above components taken into consideration, I was wondering if anyone could help me pick out a mobo to bring all these beautiful pieces of electronic wonder together in perfect harmony :-P
Im having trouble deciding between the 790 and 890 chipsets that are available, taking into consideration that I would like to be able to overclock my cpu at some point in the future, and that I wanna add a nice SSD to the rig at some point as well. Most importantly im looking for longevity in the motherboard itself, I would like to get something that will be able hold up for awhile.