I am seeking advice on a partial rebuild of my current system. I have a few ideas, but I would like some other opinions on where to start. For sake of organization, I'm going to use the 'New Build' post template.
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Within in a month, unless I have reason to wait for something new to come out and/or price drops (since this is not urgent, I would have no problem doing that for the right part.)
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates
$500ish for parts, but am looking to purchase parts that people could justify putting on a $1500 build.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Gaming, browsing, watching movies
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
N/A (existing system) -- but any part can go if you can justify me scrapping it.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)
Country of Origin: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe
Yes, but only lightly.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
Currently Crossfire, but quite honestly I'd like to save the headaches and use 1 videocard if it can be justified.
and any upgrade to a later socket mb/cpu/RAM and graphics is likely to cost more than you want to spend
overclock the e8500 till just b4 it starts smoking , and add the most powerful graphics card you can afford IMO
Use the charts section of this site to help you choose
Absolutely, I would sit back and wait a little for 6xxx release, also, OC that E8500 as fast as it will go, your rig is not a bad one you know more than capable, enough in my opinion to hold off till bulldozer/sandybridge releases next year!
Holding off now will give you a real massive performance bump from your current setup other than an incremental speed boost you will get with your current budget!
EDIT>> forgot to mention, get windows 7 now and replace vista already, you wont regret it, will make your pc feel so much better
Thanks for the replies. Since this isn't urgent, I will wait for the 6000's series for the video card.
I actually thought about getting windows 7 and a SSD for it (and wiping out + freshly reinstalling the programs I care about onto my current HDD.)
Obviously, a SSD isn't great bang-for-the-buck performance, but I figured a windows 7 installed SSD is something that could last me for awhile. Any thoughts?
BTW, vista is not currently installed on a hard drive partition. Since I screwed up the first time, figure I may as well do things the best way the second time around.
This was the first thing that came to my mind. And if I went the AMD route, it would be fairly cheap. Though I could justify going the core i5/i7 route as well (that $500 was a guideline, not hard limit.) Any thoughts on which route would make the most sense for me?
And excuse my n00biness here, but if I were to upgrade my cpu/mobo/ram, would I need to do anything beyond hooking everything back up (IE plugging my hard drive as it current is back into it) to get all my programs running as they were before?
Currently my my E8500 is OC'd from 3.2g to 3.8g, but I don't want to go too far beyond that. My video card is overclocked as well. I also had to OC my ram to get it running at the factory overclocked settings.
I would say 6870, but the 470 isn't too far behind. yes, PCIe is backwards compatable.
On the win 7 /SSD note. Even though it might not be a bang for buck improvement in terms of benchmarks, real world the difference is night and day. I would do this before upgrading, especially since you've already got 2 4850's.
SSD will improve your system tremendously. This is perhaps the most effective upgrade you can get at the moment.
Your system can still serve you well at least until the Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge are out there. I would postpone the massive upgrades next year.
Getting HD6850 or HD6870 either single or XFired will give you also good results for their DX11 support.
I prefer the HD6000s than GTX400s since HD6000s are more power efficient than GTX400.
Getting the new HD6000s is the second best upgrade after the SSD.
Get an SSD and/or get the HD6000s but postpone any proc, mobo and RAM upgrade until next year.