I have an older Gateway desktop with these specs:
Intel® 975X (Big-Arm) mobo,
1066 fsb, 65nm, socket 775,
Core2 Duo Processor E6400 (2.13 GHz)
700 watt Grantsdale extended ATX pwr
and NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS video card
So the question is if I have a $400 budget, is it worthwhile upgrading this sytem with a new chip and videocard? Better to start from scratch?
I would appreciate any recommendations on specific chipsets and/or cards.
I tried to upgrade the card once but had trouble fitting the new card into the case. I will need a card that only occupies one mounting slot at the rear of the case AND does not use a full length cooling duct for the chip fan.
- FX 4170 (quad core) / FX 6100 (six core) - 139$
- MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 130$
- video card - 130$ - you can get a GTX 460 1GB/256 bit, Radeon 7750, radeon 6850 or radeon 7770 (personaly i would go with the gtx 460 or radeon 6850)
- core i3 2120 - 124$
- an 130$ MB
- and for 146$ - you get the same video car as for the AMD rig ...
Pro's and cons
- with the AMD rig you get the benefit of higher performance in multithreading apps
- with the intel rig you get better perfomance in games (single core performance is arround 30% higher then AMD) and lower power consumtion sand lower CPU temps with the stock cooler.
Thats about it :0