My fellow computer gurus of the planet Earth please assist me with the following:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By 08/31/2010
BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) US$300 - 400 (Before any rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Flight Simulator X, Lock-On: Flaming Cliffs, Silent Hunter 5, Armed Assault II), Video & Sound Editing (Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Suite), HD TV, Music
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PSU, case, fans, HOTAS, Track IR, HDD, Optical Player/Burner, Media Reader, HSF
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg, Tigerdirect, ZipZoomFly
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel (CPU), GIGABYTE, MSI, ASUS
CPU - INTEL C2D E6600 2.4G 775 4M
PSU - SEASONIC SS-650HT 650W
HDD - 500GB SEAGATE 7K 16M SATA x 3
HSF - THERMALRIGHT SI-128
MOBO - MSI P6N SLI PLATINUM NF650ISLI
VGA - EVGA 8800GTS 640MB 640-P2-N821-AR
MEM - KINGSTON HYPER X KHX6400D2LLK2/2GN (1GB x 2)
MONITOR - HANNS-G 22" HW 223DPB LCD
OS - WIN 7 PRO 64BIT / UBUNTU 10.04 64BIT / WIN XP PRO 32BIT
I need to inject some life, speed, stamina into this current system. My budget is what I have listed and I welcome your suggestions on what to upgrade to get the best bang of what I have available in cash for the current system. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
MrPizza and Upendra09, I very much Thank You both for providing me with great options! I like the budget minded option of opting for AMD and enjoyed seeing how Upendra09 used my current RAM for the new updated system.
Now here is an update, I got my hands on an EVGA GTX285 2GB card so I am left with US$300 to upgrade the MOBO, CPU and RAM. I was thinking of getting a used Intel Q6600 and the two additional 2GB RAM that Upendra09 mentioned to complete the set. That should come out for a total of ~ US$150 (within budget) but very limited over clocking capabilities to push that 2.4Ghz Q6600 using the current MSI MOBO. I am open for recommendations and brainstorming!
Again, thank you for taking the time to read this post.
Thank you for the prompt reply. Yes, I do understand that and that is my dilemma. Either just stay with the "dead end" and enjoy the extra kick that the Q6600 / GTX285 and additional 2GB of RAM will provide OR move over to an upgradable path of AMD for a similar extra speed. Will both cost the same? As I mentioned for US$150 I can get a Q6600 and 2GB additional RAM; can I get an upgrade path using AMD with just US$150 for a MOBO + CPU + RAM (4GB total)? Your solution (nice one at that) gives me MOBO+CPU+RAM for US$290. US$140 over current budget but is it worth it?
So what MOBO + RAM combo would you recommend if I choose the AMD PII X4 955 or 965. Keep in mind that I will have a Nvidia GTX285 2GB card and would like to use remaining components if possible. I also strongly consider on over clocking this CPU so a good MOBO and HSF that can pull it off is welcomed.
Thank you for taking the time to reply and checking this post out.
Thanks again for a prompt reply! Yes, that looks like a great combo. Will it work with my existing KINGSTON HYPER X KHX6400D2LLK2/2GN (1GB x 2) [DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)]? Also, is Asus the best MOBO for over clocking this chip? Your reply is welcomed.