I'm planing to upgrade my 4 years old PC, I know its very old PC but it does what is supposed to do in terms of gaming(CS source, BF2) and browsing, But I'm 100% sure this PC won't stand against Battlefield 3 requirements, so i really need your help guys to upgrade my PC.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775.
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6600 (4M Cache, 2.40 GHz).
RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2.
Power supply: ENERMAX Noisetaker II 420w.
Video card: GIGABYTE GeForce 7600GT 256MB (...... I know )
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA 250GB + 500GB.
Case: Thermaltake Tsunami Dream.
All I want is to play Battlefield 3 when it comes out, and my budget is around 650$. What do I have to upgrade?
I think you have 2 options here, cheaply upgrade the graphics to something like a HD 6850, overclock the CPU (With a cooling upgrade) and get a better PSU (~550W) or just build a whole new PC.
Heres a suggestion for the latter:
Intel Core i5 2500k
2x2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1600Mhz
Gigabyte/ASUS/MSI/ASRock P67 Motherboard
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550
If you can up your budget by around $30 you can get a GTX 560Ti (Fermi) which is excellent value, if not go for HD 6850 or GTX 460
Pretty sure BF is CPU intensive (as well as GPU) so the i5-2500k is a great idea. In my opinion it is worth keeping your current case and HDD's in favour of GTX 560Ti and i5-2500k.
Another alternative would be to get a Q6600 CPU, HD 6850 and ~550W PSU. This would be pretty cheap right now but in the long run the i5 is going to be a lot better.
EDIT: If youre not an overclocker you can save on the CPU by dropping down to i5-2400 and you could get a cheaper motherboard.
Funny, but I am running the same mobo, same amount of memory, and had the 7600GT until it died on me a year or so ago. But, I'm running the E6300, but have it clocked up a bit.
I've been playing BF2BC and am just starting to gather my parts in anticipation for BF3.
I went with the Asus P8P67 Pro, i5 2500K, and 8 GB of memory.
I am currently using a GTX460 1GB card (lifetime warranty, due to my failed 7600GT, figured why not), and I plan to upgrade my OCZ 600W PSU later this year if/when I SLI, though the single card might be good enough (supposedly it's a great overclocker, and easy to do on this GPU).
Also, I bought some Samsung F3 drives last year, and these things are really quite fast, but I am considering a SSD, but that too might wait until later in the year.
I got what I consider very good pricing on my components so far, but I may have a good 500W PSU coming to me (part a car/computer/reloading equipment trade I am doing), that I won't have much use for.
Well, so far i have no intentions for overclocking, but again ... wouldn't the "i5-2500" or "i5-2500K"(i found them at the same price) perform better under heavy tasks than the "i5-2400" ?
As you said, ASUS P8P67 is a great board and it's under my budget, but since I dont want SLI, i thought of Gigabyte "ga-p67a-ud3" .. would you recommend it by the way?
for the GPU, I really don't think I'm going to OC anything there, since i need the warranty. (GPU's warranty saved me many times before )
THANK YOU jmsellars1 for your help, I really appreciate it and I welcome any recommendations
The 2500k and 2400 are very similar at stock clocks, the only difference is the tiny difference in clock speed and you save a lot of cash. Just realised that with a motherboard, you can get an even cheaper H67/H61 if youre not overclocking. Also make sure to get 1333Mhz RAM, (1600Mhz will just run at 1333Mhz anyway.) With the graphics card i would personally get the MSI one even still.
I bought an E6300 a few years ago, and now I wish I could overclock the CPU with the multiplier. My point is that you even though you don't think you want to oc today, you may want to play with it in a couple of years.
I just purchased my i5 2500K from Micro Center for $179, plus tax.