Quick summary of what I'm trying to do:
- build/rebuild primary system, main uses will be gaming, music creation and work
- make some use out of my currently unused second machine!
- budget of approx. £500, open to selling existing components.
Basically, my problem is this: I have 2 systems at the moment but both have problems/require new components. I have no idea what to do, so any useful suggestions would be good!
Current system 1 (primary system): Corsair TX 850W JW-IP35-S(poor motherboard IMO, having multiple issues and looking to change) Intel E6750 2x2GB Kingston HiperX DDR2 (800MHz) Radeon HD 2900 XT Maxtor Diamondmax 250GB SATA(OS drive - failing and needs replacing) Samsung DVD-RW drive(failing and needs replacing) 2x Dell 17" LCD (1707FP and 1708FP)
Current system 2 (no use at the moment - any ideas welcome! ): (No working PSU) Asus ABN-E Athlon 3000+ 2x 512MB DDR400 Radeon X1900 XT 80GB SATA drive + 80GB IDE drive(no OS currently installed) CDRW drive 1x 15" generic LCD
I am looking to ditch the LGA775 motherboard in the primary system, so I am looking to move to a new socket/platform. Not sure whether to go AMD or Intel at the moment! Any suggestions at all, please let me know, fully open minded! ^_^
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On one hand i would advise a DDR3 platform but on the other seeing u have some very decent perfectly working DDR2 RAMs there:
This AM2+/760G board has a spanking new BIOS ready to support the incoming six cored offerings to be the little board that can @@ Am assuming you reusing your case and thats a very decent PSU as well ^^ Hardware parts/prices off Ebuyer UK
For the 2nd machine - assuming it is working i would either
a. Sell it off if u have no need for it or
b. Install linux and make it a rig just to surf the net and open office hehe Buy a PSU in this case
Lastly unless u require dual monitors why not sell all those smallish LCDs and hit a nice juicy 22"?
That board looks good for a semi-future-proof DDR2 option. Good to know it will support the upcoming 6-core AMD CPUs, but considering that I have an extra £200 to spend above what your proposal comes to, would it be better to switch now to DDR3 rather than later? I'm not really clued up on how much of a performance improvement DDR3 is over DDR2. As I understand it, a Core i7 is required at the moment to make use of triple channel?
Interesting that you've included a Radeon 5770 in your build - I would have thought that the HD 2900 XT is OK for now? I'm quite keen on multiple displays as I find them really useful for work, so I can't see myself playing games above 1280x1024 for a while. I ask because I honestly don't know, I haven't really been keeping up with the top-end requirements of the latest games recently.
6-core Phenom support on DDR2 though is a result! I'd assumed DDR2 was obsolete and dead in the water.
One possible slight problem actually I've just noticed is that it's an mATX board - I might well add a 3rd display at some point in the future so a second GPU slot would be good. Will any of the current Gigabyte ATX boards support the 6-core Phenoms?
A 5770 can output to three monitors, so not strictly necessary to have an extra PCI-E slot to add another card. Another bonus for the 5770 is the much less power consumption and it will have a bit more longevity.
It is quite likely that most DDR3 AM3 boards will have a bios update before long, if they don't already, that means they will be able to support 6-core phenoms.
4GB of DDR3 will cost around £100, so that leaves £100 to upgrade the mobo. If you want the most future proof one you can get, it's hard to beat this: Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H £112.68