I'm upgrading my pc and I need advice regarding the best choice of Processor, Mobo, hard drive and Memory.
Basically my initial 3 yr-old build consisted of a Core 2 quad Q8200, MSI P45 Neo3-FR motherboard, 4gb Ram DDR2 PC2 6400, HD4870 512mb VGA card, 250gb Hard drive, gigabyte 720W power supply all boxed in a NZXT casing.
I recently sold the HD4870 and replaced it with a HD6970 2Gb Card, which took a huge chunk out my budget but I wanted it bad enough. I also added a 512gb hard drive with7200rpm last year.
I'm holding on to my power supply and maybe the casing.
I use my home pc to play games, only to play games. All my work stays in my office (including social networking) and I'm not the sort to overclock or tinker with the bios of my hardware but I am on a budget. I'm planning to buy Skyrim, NFS Run and Arkham City as soon as they release so that's gonna also take its toll on the budget.
So back to my question: Should I go for an i5 2500k or an i7 2600? an i5 2500 or an i7 2600k? Do I really need a Mobo with 2 or 3 PCI-e x16 slots or will just the one be enough? Do I need a new hard drive which runs at 6gb/s? For the memory whats the optimum speed I should be looking for and much memory do I really need?
I'm looking to keep the next build for the next 18 months at the least! Your views are much appreciated
a mobo with 2 PCIexpress slots is fine, just make sure it support crossfire so later in the future you can get a second video card,
For RAM, i love corsair. very reliable, and i have never had a bad stick (not saying they arent out there though), but get whatever realiable brand there is for the price. and yes, try to get the faster type you can for the board you're buy.. for instance, if i was going with that sabertooth board, i would pick up DDR3 1866 since it's the fastest that board supports
For memory, i would at least pick up 6GB, but no more than 12.. After that, it's kinda overkill.. 8GB is a happy medium though.. with that, you could kill your pagefile on your HDD and and get the most speed out of your computer,
For HDD, your will do fine, If you got the extra change pick up an SSD.. They give a huge speed boost on loading the OS and games that are on it. You will enjoy it.
hmm.. well. i guess it depends.. I know my core 2 quad plays game just fine, however my graphics card could be upgraded...
Not to say i dont want to upgrade. I would love to pick up a 2500k and over clock it.. Just gotta wait till after Christmas i guess.
I will add also, you are using DDR2 which is quite a bit slower than DDR3. And at only 4GB, you are falling a bit short. So that could be a kicker in getting a new board, CPU and RAM..
To be honest, if you are playing games on it, i would see how it turns out. Once you get ahold of the games, play 'em and see how your performance turns out. You have a decent graphics card so i doubt you'll have any issues. If it seems a little slow, upgrade the CPU.
Keep in mind an SSD will only increase loading speeds, not necessarily the speed of the computer(loading Windows, games, Firefox, etc).