Seems like a pretty nice upgrade for ~$250. I think the hyper 212+ and ocz psu will be fine to handle this? I want to upgrade my monitor and get an SSD, but I'm willing to wait for better deals than the disappointing ones of this black Friday.
My concerns: PSU powerful enough? Best bang for the buck?
If anyone has any alternate suggestions for hardware they will be much appreciated! I mainly play WoW, League of Legends, and Bad company 2. I might want to play medal of honor and COD: black ops....
Sure, your processor will still be outdated, but it seems a shame to upgrade now and then upgrade with Bulldozer as well. That being said, upgrading CPU/mobo/RAM is a fine idea, but it may not be a huge boost in gaming performance.
What's your performance like right now? Dalaran at primetime vs. running around in Northrend or wherever?
Mosox: great find. I wanted to go quad core but for the price and my plans to upgrade later this is perfect.
ScrewySqrl: My plan exactly I'm just willing to wait for a screaming 460 deal, I'm pretty happy with this 260
coldsleep: thanks - I have been eyeing that monitor and the 25" hanns-g. Really want IPS over TFT but that is a pretty nice deal. Unfortunately that Asus 6870 is out of stock. I'm also a nvidia fanboy ;] I just started playing wow again to gear up for cata, but the performance is pretty bad. I need to reformat, but I have to turn settings down pretty low. When I was raiding ICC I remember having to turn everything all the way down.
Edit: Forgot to mention - I will probably sell this rig when I upgrade to a bulldozer. I just moved to Minnesota and I won't be doing anything but gaming probably for the next 4 months with me not being used to such cold weather. So an upgrade is wanted
Well, GTX 470s are about the same price at 6870s. WoW can make good use of both CPU and GPU upgrades, so either way you go will probably help out. I'd lean towards GPU first, since you could move that to your next build, but you certainly don't have to.
MOSOX............. I think that processor only supports DDR2 memory..... not DDR3.
I really hope your not correct on this... I just bought this processor with an AM3 DDR3 board and some DDR3 memory for a build that i am putting together for my son.
I'm not an expert on this stuff but i have built quite a few systems. I always understood that memory compatibility was based on the motherboard and that if the motherboard accepted DDR3 memory , and it was speced to accept the CPU then it would properly use the memory.
* Heka triple-cores are based on Deneb quad-cores with one core disabled.
* All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4a, Enhanced 3DNow!, NX bit, AMD64, Cool'n'Quiet, AMD-V
* Memory support: DDR2 SDRAM up to PC2-8500, DDR3 SDRAM up to PC3-10600 (Socket AM3 only)
Edit: ordered the heka, msi board, and the gskill ripjaws... thanks everyone for your help. (I hope the RAM will work ok, considering what I just pasted above)
and a HIS 5670 vid card. all newegg black friday specials.... like i said it didn't cause any problems getting into bios and recognizing the ram. I was thinking that it was just running the ram at lower speeds... hope you resolve the issue soon.
Ran system on cardboard with nothing but power, cpu, heatsink, ram, and video card connected. Still can't get anything to display. Hard to say whether it's a DOA mobo or RAM, but I'm leaning towards mobo.
Getting new mobo and ram ordered today, and then I'll determine what really is the culprit.
Edit: Ordered some more stuff, including another (Biostar) mobo and some more ram. I'm going to determine what went wrong and then I'll update this post. Should be a couple of days.