Asrock 880G Extreme3 Socket AM3 DVI VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
Basically I definitely want to upgrade the RAM and graphics card, and want a SSD, but despite being a computer scientist I'm a noob with this sort of thing. Also could really do with some more fans or something in there, and I imagine some of the other parts need an upgrade.
I don't particularly have a budget but I was thinking maybe in the region of £500, and I don't really mind where I get it from but have used ebuyer in the past.
Also is it worth trying to sell old parts or should I just keep them as spares?
Cheers for the reply, I'd had a look at the GPU comparison after posting, the 7850 and 7870 seem to be good and around the right price range. The thing I don't want to do is spend a lot on a new GPU if my CPU or something would hold it back.
Quick question about the memory, is that meant to replace my current ram or be in addition to it?
Well you don't really want to "mix" ram (brand, speed, latency, etc) and I couldn't find a "match" for what you have now on ebuyer.com. With your motherboard limited to 16gbs and your setup already using 2 slots (4gbs) I couldn't see any other way for you to "max-out" if and when it becomes feasible to do so (if ever). Today 8gbs is usually more than enough for whatever most of us want to do, but most of the new motherboards are supporting 32gbs. I'm guessing there must be a reason - even if it's in the future.
Both of the GPU's are good ones. A look at the spec's will tell you why 7870 is so much more than the 7850.
Lol, well tbh I couldn't tell why the 7870 was worth so much more money, but from looking at the comparisons on the forums I could tell it was a lot better.
So if I buy a 7870 and the ram, there should be no bottlenecking problems? Also could you help me at all with the heat problems, I see you can buy fans but I'm not entirely sure where they would go in the case. I'll have to see with the new gpu but my cpu runs at only a few degrees below the recommended max temp without any overclocking. Would I be better off buying a new cpu heatsink then?
Also, I've been looking at case fans, and have noticed that a lot of the more popular fans are supposed to be quiet with low RPM, I just want to verify before I buy that I should be getting the higher speed fans.