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Advice on upgrade options

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December 17, 2010 1:36:21 PM

New member her, so hello everyone :-)

I need some sage advice on upgrading/ futureproofing my current PC.

Current specs (system buildt in 2008)

CPU: E8200 @ 3.75 Ghz (500x7.5), 1.32 v
MB: ASUS P5E3 Premium Wifi @n x48
RAM: 4 GB (2x2) Corsair @ 1600 mhz (9-9-9-24)
GPU: HD 5870 (recently upgraded from 8800 gts 512)
PSU: Corsair HX620W
HDD 320 + 500 gb WD disks
Screen: LG w2220 22 inch (IPS panel)

What to do from here?

I have considered upgrading the CPU and ram to a q9550/q9650 and maxing the MB with a further 2x2 gb - which will drop the ram to 1333 mhz - as well as getting a SSD for my operating system.

an alternative could be to sell the cpu+mb+ram and getting an i7 system with 6 gb ram.


Computer will be used for gaming and surfing/office work

Thoughts? comments?

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 17, 2010 1:47:33 PM

At this point, I'd probably recommend holding off on your upgrades until the new Intel processors (Sandy Bridge) become available early next year. When they appear, sell your CPU/MB/RAM and buy a new Sandy Bridge core system.

Just my $.02

-Wolf sends
a b B Homebuilt system
December 17, 2010 2:16:41 PM

Definitely wait for Sandy Bridge to drop, it's only about a month away.

At that point, you will probably want to go with a SB setup, but you could consider going i5/i7 if the prices on those drop significantly.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 17, 2010 2:23:06 PM

Can't really futureproof a 775 platform system... Stick with what you have, or part it out and build new after the release of SB.

CPU - The dual core @ 3.75GHz is respectable. If you upgrade your 775 platform to a Q9000 series CPU you will be spending a good ammount that could go toward a new build. If you really want a quad core look at the Q8000 series for less $.

Buying an SSD will benefit you now and in a future build. Look for an SSD with a SandForce controller (OCZ Agility 2 is one example).

Upgrading from 4GB memory to 8GB would be nice, but buying DDR2 will ONLY benefit you in that system. When you upgrade the MB you will be using DDR3. Not sure the cost of the additional DDR2 4GB is worth it unless you are keeping that rig for a while...
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