The power supply on my 2006 Core2Duo machine crapped out and I figured this would be a good time to upgrade to the current era of machines. I've got all the parts I'd like to upgrade picked out and figured I'd get the Tom's Hardware stamp of approval before hitting the purchase button.
I'm sure a little background on it's use is necessary. It'll be used mainly for audio recording, coding and occasional gaming. That's why I'm using that motherboard, it has a firewire port. I've already upgraded the ram and graphics card recently so I thought I'd leave that off for now. I've also got a 2TB hdd to use as a storage drive.
I picked the case and water cooler for noise and heat purposes. I'd like to keep it silent as possible and also somewhat cool in the summer. I figured I'd use the Samsung 830 as the SSD as it seems to be the top tier for now.
Just wanted some opinions before purchasing. Thanks!
You'll need fresh RAM. The Core2Duo was DDR2 whereas everything from LGA1366 onward, along with a few of the late LGA775 boards, are DDR3. I'm assuming you're running your core2duo on one of the older DDR2 boards and not a DDR3 board. A search of your motherboard make and model will help confirm this.
Graphics setup. If you're running SLi/Crossfire it would be nice to know what it is. I'm currently dealing with an SLi issue of my own where I'm having to upgrade from a 850W supply as it was causing voltage drops causing serious crashes because it wasn't powerful enough. If it's a single card, the 750W will be more than ample.
The current motherboard is a Asus P5B Deluxe, it still works I believe, but I thought I might turn that into a media server and tuck it in the basement. Thank for the tip on the fresh ram, I'll certainly add that on.