I'm looking to upgrade my PC soon for around 700$ if possible, as the title states! Pretty much what I'd like is something that can handle my current favourite game, Global Agenda, smoothly with most of the settings maxed out.
These are my current parts I'm willing to upgrade to achieve that:
Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 2.4GHz OC'd to 3.0 GHz
2 x 2GB OCZ XTC gold DDR2-800
Gigabyte P35C-DS3R Motherboard
Sapphire Radeon HD4890 (with a resoldered, superglued capacitor that could fail at any moment)
I am more than willing to grab aftermarket parts to overclock, but would prefer to stay away from water cooling.
I've thrown together a bunch of parts that I figured may be sufficient and would love some feedback if possible.
AMD A8 X4 3850
2 x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1866MHz
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of months.
Budget Range: 500-700 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, potentially streaming if it can be done within those price ranges, nothing else worth mentioning that's particularly taxing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Hard Drives, DVD (if I can avoid having to buy a SATA drive since mine is IDE), Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: directcanada.com, ncix.com
Country of Origin: Canada
Intel Quad core CPU
Prefer to stick to performance RAM, 8GB seems to be the ideal standard nowadays
Have had good luck with my Gigabyte Motherboard, but willing to switch
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I have a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme that I could likely get a bracket for which would allow me to continue using it for overclocking.
You won't really need to OC to totally smoke your old computer, the i5 2500k at stock and 6950 will do that just fine.
It is however all ready to be OC'd just need to get an after market HSF.
Xigmatek gaea for example would be like $30.
If the machine runs a 4890, it will run a 6950. Same amount of power connections for both cards.
But yeah would be interesting to know what kind of a PSU does he have, and if the upgrade of the 4 parts was what he was after.
what kind of Case, PSU, HDD, DVD/CD (SATA?) do you have?
Antec Nine Hundred Case
OCZ Powerstream 520W PSU
300GB WD Velociraptor as well as 2 250GB drives for data storage
IDE LG DVD Burner
what resolution is your monitor?
What OS are you running?
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
where are you at? USA/Canada? are you near a Micro Center(which one)?
I'm in Canada. Never heard of Micro Center, so I'll just assume it's US only.
Also, forgot to mention I have a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme I'd love to buy a new bracket to re-use as it's an awesome heatsink.