Hello, I'm thinking to upgrade my whole system except my 3 hdd's, monitor and psu
My current system is:
CPU: E8400 (was at 3.93 GHZ) @ stock
CPU Cooling: Arctic Freezer Pro 7 Rev.2
GPU: PNY GTS 250 1GB (was going to SLI but now can't find any non-eco 1 gb gddr 3 card on the market on the market other than ebay)
MOBO: ASUS P5N-D
RAM: Corsair ValueSelect 2x2GB DDR2
PSU: CIT 750W
HDD: 1TB, 500GB, 160GB SATA 3GB/s
Case: Casecom Shiny Piano Black (not good) replacing with either Zalman Z-9 Plus or Casecom 6788
Monitor:Chimei CMV223D 22"
I play Crysis, all the Half-life's, FSX, FS2004, CS:S, Race 07, GTR Evolution, Race ON, Railworks 2, Fallout 3 (I'm getting New Vegas) Portal 1 and 2 when it comes out.
I was thinking about the Sandy Bridge platform, I know about the sata issues with them, I've seen on youtube an i7-2600k overclocked to 5.2GHZ on air which is amazing. I was thinking of getting the z68 chipset when it comes out too. Or I could skip LGA 1155 and go with LGA 2011 at the end of this year with the Core i7 Extreme.
Sorry I did read it I was jumping back and forth from my pc and my food,
I want to upgrade because I had this setup for 3 years now except the GPU I had a 8500 GT before. My Budget would be about £300 to £400. Time frame: about 2-4 months. I use the pc to game. In FSX ive looked around for recommended settings and I had found some for an E6600 and a x1900 card but they are still a bit laggy on my system. Crysis. Doesn't everyone just want to play Crysis on very high at good frames. I've wanted go quad core for some time now I was looking at the q9550 or q9650 before the second gen core i3, i5 and i7s but I really like to go lga 1155 or 2011 because lga 775 is starting to die out like socket 478 did a few years ago even though you can still buy 478 cpus (there are only 4 different models on ebuyer) and mobos but no one cares about 478 anymore.
I'd sell or donate the entire system and start from scratch.....anything other than the 1 TB HD and monitor will likely be a drag on new system. That GTS 250 though would make an excellent dedicated PhysX card. Of course, we won't see the re-issued sandy bridge mobos to late march / early april.
Your 400 pounds is about $650 to me and I am afraid I couldn't do much with that. $900 (550 pounds) is about the cheapest build I'd recommend:
All I can hear is my echo now ........ anyway i've found a barebones by 3XS Systems of an i5 2500k overclock to 4.7ghz, an akasa venom cpu cooler but for another £33.21 i can get the h70, the p8p67 and 4gb of xms3 ddr3 1600mhz for £430
I say get another GTS 250 on eBay. It shouldn't be a problem if you buy from a power seller, but if you go with someone who's only solid like 10 things you may be asking for it. You could also just get a GTX 560 and use the 250 for PhysX. That's a setup you could carry over to your Sandy Bridge build, which I assume will be soon. If you can overclock your CPU to 3.9GHz there isn't much point in buying a currently overpriced quadcore LGA 775 CPU so that will just have to hold you till you upgrade the rest of your system.