Christmas is coming and my husband is looking to upgrade his Alienware to one of my homebuilt machines. He's been underwhelmed with it since he got it. It is a gaming rig. Currently 1 card and he prefers to keep a 1 card config.
Budget is < $1,000. I'm not sure if for that price point I can build a whole new machine that will provide the necessary improvement he'd expect from a whole new machine.
- Q9450 2.33
- 6GG / 1033
- EVGA NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI
- 1000 watt power supply
- 9800 card
- 2 5000rpm spindle drives, non-RAID
- Air cooled
- PhysX card (just mentioning it for the laughs)
Any "best bang for the buck" suggestions? Budget ceiling isn't absolute.
I would *prefer* "stock" solutions as my husband has zero tolerance for instability and I won't get much opportunity to test any upgrades to the current machine before Xmas.
A new machine I could hide in my office and use as my daily driver to test before putting a bow on it.
For a new machine I am currently looking at an i7950 + Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (I am currently using a 920 in this board), 12GB of 1333, a 460 and a small (60GB?) SSD boot drive. Harvest the PSU, case and 2 mechanical drives. I'm just concerned this really won't provide enough improvement.
A gpu upgrade will be worthy, but the cpu is good enough to handle all games..
Therefore, just upgrade the gpu, a gtx 460 would be an option, also currently ati cards are new, 6850, 6870. Its depends on the budget, and the resolution been played at-
So what res ?
@malmental- about the RAM. Excuse me while I He bought it with 6GB in triple, and shipped it with 32bit Vista. So technically it has 4GB in dual because I removed the 3rd stick. We HAVE 6GB for it. Is there a headdesk icon? .............
The machine is running stock and always has.
I'm thinking at this point a 460 or 470, and getting a nice SSD. I can also ninja in a 64 bit OS with the new SSD. Could you explain why that board is optimized for dual vs triple?
@Sqrl- I realized that last night, LOL. I think I'll be building one for myself. I ah... need... a new computer.
if you get the 64bit OS, I'd get the $129 family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. It lets you put win 7 on up to 3 computers at once, and its full retail, meaning you can reactivate as you replace computers. Its only $30 more than an OEM copy, so Very worth it if you have at least 2 computers.
BTW. I think the green worm icon is cute.
And Welcome aboard
the board ia probably optimized for dual, triple really came about with the x58 chipset for the i7-9xx series.
I have a few unused 64bit Home Premiums, so don't need to buy those.
So I guess I'm looking at a SSD + GPU. I'm a little bummed husband gets the new SSD before me. But his boot times are deplorable. If nothing else now I finally have the excuse to go digging around and find out why.