I have about $400.00 to spend and I'd like to upgrade the Motherboard (another gigabyte mobo if possible?)(AM3 AM3+), CPU(Phenom II or better & Ram (6 - 8 GB of DDR3 1066 or faster, if I have money left over I'd like to replace the PSU and Video card but I doubt I will?
In another 1 - 3 months I plan on taking whatever parts I replace in my current system, and buying a new mini-tower case + a PSU and video card if I need to and building another system I could use for email and my kids o they can do their homework on it as well.
To Start Off I dont think you should upgrade your Graphics. Its pretty decent for most games out there. On The Ram side this will do G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO. These are 1600 Mhz & have a low voltage 1.35v Double them up if you need the Extra Ram. For the Processor I'd get a Phenom II 965. Its unlocked and a Black edition processor.
If you dont need the 6-8 Gbs of Ram, go for the ASUS M4N75TD (its not by Gigabyte) but for the money its a lot better than the Gigabyte competitor. If you want to stick with Gigabyte for the same price, go for the 880GMA-UD2H.
So I'm Going to put this in two different Tables. Make it easier to read.
W/o Power Supply:
Mobo: Asus M4N75TD
RAM: G.Skill F3-12800CL7D 4GB ECO
CPU: Phenom II 965 Black Edition
This will end up at around ~330 (If you need the additional 4 GBs It will cost around ~410)
Now I was Going to Include one WITH a Power Supply. Now If you said in 1-3 Months you are deciding to upgrade again, I'd upgrade the PSU then. Because as it stands if you dont OC, you should be fine with 550 Watts, and for $70 Your not going to get more than 600. And 50 Watts isnt going to make a huge difference.
*All The Prices I Included are WITHOUT rebate. And we're taken form NCIX.com
Upgrade graphics first... naww, your CPU is a dual-core which is pretty much on its way out, and you have an DDR2 set-up. You should sell your CPU, Memory, and Mobo, and get you a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM, also is your OS 64 or 32 bit?? Because if your OS is 32 bit, you will be stuck with a max of 3.5 GB of memory.
Honestly I hadn't even thought of AznShinobi's route. Yeah, I'd take that route anyday. though Why ECS? I'd go with the P67A-UD3 http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59418&vpn=GA-P67A-UD3-B3&manufacture=Gigabyte Thats what I'd take for the MOBO. Its a little more But your able for a double GPU solution in the future, persay you add in another GPU or anything. But Both ways, i'd take Intel over AMD anyday.
OH shoot. Its 2 PCI-e? I didnt see the second PCI-e slot. well thats a good buy than. and why not msi? Because Gigabyte is more reliable, and in my experience they've never gone bad.. but than again tech support sucks. I think he could even get the 2500k if he's at that value Azn. Cause 333 is with the 2400 (subtract 190 and add 240 for the 2500k ) and your at ~380. Even with shipping that should be fine.
I Agree. Though 550 Watts under two 5770s? Thats another 90-110 Dollars. For a PSU. And If he's upgrading in 1-3 Months. Theres gonna be lots of alternatives. So Save the GPU and PSU for the next upgrade. And If you upgrade the MOBO right. SLI/Crossfire will be a breeze.
Thanks for all the help guys I really appreciate it.
I did find another $150 so my budget is now $550.00, is there any way with the $550 I could upgrade my rig or just build a whole new more up to date rig with the $550 and that way i can keep my current rig for web surfing, email and letting the kids go on to do their research and actually use MS Office to do their homework?
If I built a new rig I'd also need a case(the one I was going to use is just too old), new video card a HDD(500GB at least) and a psu? I like the idea AznShinobi had with going Intel based system, so i'd like to keep it that way.
Oh ok I see what you mean. Well 550$ is actually a lot to work with now a days.
Down in my budget builds for $600 it's another Intel based system. You'd get a lot of kick out of it too, the 6850 isn't a bad card the i3 2100 will give you lots of perf. If you think $600 is a bit out of your price range. Drop the 6850 and get the 460 768mb. But after rebates you could get the 6850 pretty cheap.