Biostar TA790GX (don't worry they're good motherboards, OC well too)
Corsair 2x2GB ddr2 800mhz(could always up the voltage and clock speed if necessary)
Silverstone 750w/Hiperformance 880w
XFX 4870 X2 2GB(they cost £264 on scan so why let a bargain get away?)
with the recent price reduction for DDR3 memory, i thought i'd upgrade straight away instead of waiting till further down the road. which means i'd like to stick with an AM3 board.
i like the idea of the cheaper board/4870 x2 combo though, hmm. wonder if i can work that in somehow.
well eclipse computers has a biostar TA790GXA3+ which is the AM3 version of the motherboard I suggested before for £90, and then 4GB of 1333mhz is £50, you'd also have to change the CPU to a 720 which would only be £15 more than before or the 955 which would be £100 more than before but you get a higher clock and an extra core over the 720.
edit: also could you name all the parts you need, it will help me a lot.
nice. couldnt find the mobo you mentioned on the uk sites, but i did stumble across this: Asrock motherboard M3A790GXH/128M AMD AM3 for £93 from microdirect
looked at a coupla quick reviews and it seems ok, but im not the greatest fan of asrock.
cheers for the suggestion, i like the more powerful GPU compared to the processor.
but what would the impact be on cpu-intesive 3d applicationts like ProE, AutoCAD etc.
well, with both the mobo I suggested and the one you found you might be able to unlock the fourth core but if you can't then it will have a fair decrease from having a Quad, and at the moment AM3 is unnecessary and provides little improvement over AM2+.
Not to mention the next generation of cpu's after phenom II use a new socket.
didn't know that. any speculation as to when they will be releasing their next generation?
if not to soon i would be enticed to raise the budget a bit and go for more high end components just so i can use it for longer.
With a 955 and good mobo i would just need to replace the graphics as necessary...
hmm, wonder if it will last 2 years though.
food for thought
well the next gen amd cpu's come out in Q1/2 2010 I believe.
the 955 and a good AM2+ mobo will last 2 years while replacing graphics, and the only way that you could get a PC which you can upgrade the CPU in Q3 2010 or after would be getting a Core i5 or Core i7 build.
i might overclock at a later stage. the last amd chip i overclocked (or attempted to) was an old k-6
my intel system is overclocked, but i'll see how this system runs before tweaking it. apparently on air you can only get about 3.8 ghz. i like the unlocked multiplier though