I am looking to build a new PC. I am on a limited budget so I am going to do it slowly over the next few months though and I had a few questions.
First my current specs:
OCZ 700w PSU, MSI P-35 Neo-Combo, C2D E6750 (OC'd to 3334MHZ/Core), 2gig Kingston ddr2 800mhz with 4-4-4-12 timing, 8800 gt.
Now I am going to build a gaming PC based on Nvidia cards because I can a) use the 3d vision kit I own and b) use my older video card as a physX card.
Since I am broke, I am planing on doing this computer build in three phases (Video Card, Mainboard + Processor, Second Video Card + New Ram, then maybe a new case) and I was just wondering what phase I should start with?
The video card I am looking at right now is the GTX 460 (It's cheap and a Nvidia card) and I was thinking about picking that up because it would be the largest immediate boost to gaming FPS. I started thinking though, this is a PCI-E 2.0 card and I only have PCI-E 1.3 slot. I know that the card will be limited, but will it be limited to the point where I should just buy the mainboard and processor first? Plus, there is a retailer selling a gtx 480 for $50 off bringing the total to $550 after shipping and HST (I'm in Canada so prices are different here), should I put this on the credit card and pick that card up instead? I am using 3d vision so the extra bandwidth could come in handy.
Your upgrade path and choices are truly limited by the amount of money you have at each time.
Upgrade to the GTX 460 (the best Nvidia card... IMO) first if under say $300 to work with. Next, you look to add the Intel Core i5-750, ASUS P7P55D-E Pro, G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 (Cas7) and modern 500GB single platter hard drive (Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 for example).
Upgrade to the Intel Core i5-750, ASUS P7P55D-E Pro and G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 (Cas7), if you have $550 to work with. After that point, you move forward with your GPU puchase and hard drive replacement to a modern 500GB single platter hard drive (Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 for example).