Hi guys, I am thinking of upgrading seeing as my computer will be coming up on its 3 year anniversary at the end of June. With me finally getting a second part time job for the summer at mcdonalds, I am starting to build up some money and am ready to do an upgrade and was looking for some help on how much of my computer I should upgrade.
My Current PC:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Case: Ultra m923
Power: Ultra 650-Watt
MotherBoard: nForce 680i SLI
CPU: Intel Q6600 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 6GB PC2-6400 800Mhz
Harddrive1:Western Digital SATA 500GB (Windows 7 OS)
Harddrive 2: 500GB
DVD-RW1: IDE Sony
Wireless Network: D-Link WDA-1320 Wireless G PCI Adapter
Razor Lachesis Gaming Mouse
USB Microsoft Keyboard
Videocard: PNY GeForce GTX 260 216
Monitor: Acer 22" Widescreen LCD DVI (1680 * 1050)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics (2x satelites 1x subwoofer)
Asus Xonar DG Soundcard
Now today I noticed in the Newegg.ca newsletter that a 2500k was on sale for $205 for the next few days so I was thinking now might be the time to upgrade.
Here is what I have so far:
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR $82.49
MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $139.99
My currency is CAD and I would like to just use newegg.ca as using multiple sites adds up for shipping costs. Now I am wondering if these are good choices and what else should I upgrade on my PC if I need to. This all comes to $492 with tax and shipping right now, and if you think I should get anything else I really dont want to spend more than $700 right now.
That brings us quite over budget at $850. However, it's an excellent build with lots of room to upgrade. I can try and take the price down, but it's gonna be tough. If you don't want to overclock, we could probably shave off like $100 or so.
But there you have it! I'm sure the other members have some other suggestions that will hopefully fit your budget better
however, you sadly will not be able to use your DVD drive. It's a IDE drive, which is old and not compatible with most modern mobo's. You might be able to find an adapter, but DVD drives are so cheap it really doesn't matter.
It seems I dont have the money to do the full upgrade so instead I am going to just get a graphics card for now and one of those 212+ CPU coolers so I can overclock my Q6600 higher. What graphics card do you guys recommend. I am thinking of spending less than $500 for the two items.
Well, I suppose you could get it, but my feeling is it would be handicapped even when you OC your CPU. I have no proof but this is what I would guess...
I guess you could get a 6970 or 570. However, you might wanna save by getting a 6950 or 560 Ti, allowing you to buy the other components sooner.
Whatever you want to do, I guess. I have no proof a 570 would bottleneck, it's just what I was thinking I guess..
If you have the money, go ahead and spend the extra $100. This will allow you to pretty heavily futureproof.
I went and picked up a GTX 570 and a Hyper 212+ cooler today. Had fun dissembling my computer to get the fan installed and the improvement in temps is great. I am now getting 10 degree lower temps from the Prime 95 torture test than I was idling at before!
As for the graphics card it is bottlenecked by my cpu but I am going to overclock a bit tonight to make my cpu catch up a bit. But I am now futureproofed for a few years graphics wise and I can upgrade my cpu/mobo/ram later in the summer when the funds come around.