My system is pretty much still the same on my profile, all stock clocks, minus one 8800GTS512. (Died)
I'm looking for input on whether to upgrade my system, and if so - how far. I have never been able to overclock my G0 Q6600 past 2.8, and I think it's my mobo. (Damn you nVidia chipsets) I'm also out of space, so I'll be purchasing a good-sized HDD soon. I'm trying to decide between the following:
1. Buy a 2TB HDD and shut up.
2. Seek more performance via SSD, more RAM newer Mobo with (hopefully) better overclocking potential, maybe a Nvidia 560 Ti card.
3. Buy CPU/RAM/Mobo to jump into the Sandy Bridge world
4. Wait for Ivy Bridge...
What do you think?
Usage: HD Netflix, medium gaming, hosting Minecraft and Vent server.
Screen: 22" 1680x1050
Budget: 300ish (flexible)
Time frame: End of summer...
I would also like to add that I'm very much concerned with how fast the system "feels" rather than how many FPS I get. My 8800GTS 512MB was more than enough to comfortably play Mass Effect 1-2, Dragon Age, Supreme Commander II, etc...
This leads me to think that an SSD would help out a lot. Also, my Minecraft server eats RAM like a mofo...but there is no real way to grab more DDR2 at a reasonable price nowadays! Lame! D:
Yeah, I saw the e-blast in my email this morning. Tempting! I totally agree with 775 being too old, it's unfair how quickly DDR2 became so expensive. =\ It seems like I'm so close to being able to pull off a Sandy Bridge setup with $300 though:
Now that I think about it, I have some dipstick friends with 775 boards and E2180's that might be interested in my Q6600... The chip alone could easily fetch a third of my SB upgrade! I hadn't considered resale value, thanks!
I'm not too interested in Intel's smart cache thing, I'd sooner spend a bit more on a 100GB SSD for a boot drive than a 30GB that offers marginal increases in speed. Basically, if I'm gonna purchase one, I want it to blow my mind.
I hadn't heard that about Ivy. I just started getting back in to the CPU world after not giving a crap when the i7-920 first came out. I'm out of touch. XD I was concerned that tri-gate might have different voltage/current requirements than basic flat processors.
I don't figure I'm losing out on much, considering I haven't had very good luck overclocking my Q6600. Plus I would be set for a 2500K later on. I could fairly easily pick that up, plus a 2TB HDD, and then maybe around Black Friday or Christmas get an SSD to round it out.
My main worry now is that I don't want to be strapped to a dead socket in a year. I've had a long run with LGA775, from an old P4 to Pentium D 915 to E2180 to E6700 to Q6600... Can I expect anything remotely like that from LGA1155? If tri-gate Ivy Bridge CPU's will be a drop-in replacement around Q4 2012 (when I'm itching to upgrade again), then I'm sold.