I've been on this site for a little while now, and absolutely love it. I'm looking to either upgrade or build a new computer, and the info here is my go-to guides.
The reason I'm posting is because I was hoping to get your opinion on what (if anything) I could upgrade in my old build from 2.5 years ago, or whether I should start a new build from scratch. My goal is a gaming rig capable of getting teh most out of more recent games (Witcher 2, Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, Civ 5).
My current hardware consists of:
CPU - Core 2 Duo E6420 - Overclocked @ 2.9Ghz Bus 415 Multiplier 7x
Cooler - Zalman Al/Cu Cooler on it
Motherboard - Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Graphics Card - BFG Tech 8800GTS 320MB
RAM - 2 x 1 gig Corsair PC2 - 6400 (400mhz)
Harddrive - 500 gig SATA 2
The two things I planned to do was 1: get a water-cooling system for the CPU (excellent stability when overclocked, so this would allow me to really push it), and double the ram to 4 gigs.
Please let me know what you guys think. Thanks in advance for the advice!
My budget is currently up to $300 for upgrades, may be slightly more if needed.
For RAM, there's currently a sale on Muskin Silverline 8Gb DDR3 1333MHz Cl9 DIMMs (2 sticks) for $60 at my local Canadacomputers, which would be nice to have if eventually overhauling everything. Would these be compatible with the current build? The motherboard has: "4 DDRII DIMM memory slots (supports up to 8gb memory), supports dual channel DDRII 800/667/533 unbuffered DIMMs, supports 1.8V DDRII DIMMs." (As an aside, is there a good from the basics tutorial on RAM and compatability? The Tom's Hardware stuff I found seems to be a bit over my head)
Regarding the watercooling, again there's a sale for an Antec Khuler H2O 620 for $50, it's something I can put into an eventual new build, would hopefully allow me to push the CPU as much as I can, and gives me an excuse to dremel my case for a radiator hole ;p.
In regards to the GPU, I'm looking at 3 options right now:
- Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 460 1Gb: $100
- Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6870 1Gb: $150
- Asus EAH 6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Direct CU AMD RadeonHD 6850 1Gb: $140
According to the hierarchy chart, the 6870 is one step up from the 6850 and GTX 460, both equivalent. Is it worth spending an extra $50 (or 50% more) for one step up on the graphics chart?