Need help deciding on upgrades

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  1. Nguyen89

    Nguyen89 I recycle gold. OT Supporter

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    well my computer is seriously out of date and im going to need to upgrade fresh new hardware. Im looking to get a new motherboard,video card, power supply, processor, and maybe a new network card(cause its really old), sound card, and case.

    So if the wonderful people of OT could help me out here it would be greatly appreciated. I have about $1000 max for the upgrades, and i was looking at a 8800GT for my video card and dual processor. I'm an avid gamer so going to need my machine to have some kick to it. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    1k will get you some great stuff.

    For the cpu, the only argument will be do you do a quad core or a dual core Intel.
    For gaming now, and in the near future, a faster dual core will benefit you more than the quads.

    If you're not going to overclock then get an Intel board.



    Intel P35 - $121 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121314

    AND - Intel E6850 - $280 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115028
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    If you think you might want to overclock a bit then
    Gigabyte P35 DS4 - $194 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128064

    AND - Intel E6750 - $190 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029
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    2 x 1gb of memory - Corsair XMS2 (latency of 4) - $86 shipped, $46 after $40 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034
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    Power supply - FSP 700 watt - $147 shipped, $112 after $35 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104015

    I was going to recommend a Silverstone but people on newegg are getting a lot of doa's.



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    Cases - There's hundreds of decent cases out there.
    The only "Must Have" that you should be concerned with is that it has
    a fan in front of the hard drive cage. This can make a huge difference on your drive temps.
    = longer drive life.
    The 4 cases below all have 120mm fans in front of the drive cage.


    Gaming Case - Antec Nine Hundred - $120 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    Cooler Master Ammo 533 - $$87 shipped, $47 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119098
    (I love this case. I'm gonna have to do a build with one of these)
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    Traditional looking case - Cooler Master 534 $67 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106

    Lian li - $156 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112116
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    I'm going to leave the video card recommendation open, because I'm not up to date
    on the newest 8800GTS that just came out. Supposedly it's the next gen chipset in
    it and performs better than the newest 8800GT.

    So, my recommendation would be to go with the Gigabyte board, the Intel E6750, the
    Cooler Master Ammo case, Corsair XMS2, and the FSP psu.
    That's a total of $704 before rebate, $589 after rebate.

    That leaves you plenty of room for either the 8800GT or the 8800GTS.

    Oh yeah I forgot, by network card you mean just a noraml lan connector?
    Everything has those built in now. Also the Intel board and Gigabyte board have onboard sound.





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  3. etech

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    1. I would get a P35 chipset motherboard whether you are overclocking or not.Asus, Gigabyte and Abit all have decent cards out, all of them have certain quirks, you'll have to read some reviews to find out which quirk is the least annoying to you. ex. Abit IP35-E has had a double boot on startup though the latest bios is supposed to have fixed it.

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/index.php
    http://forums.anandtech.com/
    http://www.hardforum.com/
    would all be good places to look for more info on motherboards and systems.

    2. Most motherboards now have decent onboard sound, no need to get a sound card or ethernet adapter as it will be on board also.

    3. The Silverstone is a good power supply but a corsair HX520 would work as well. Even the Antec earthwatts 500 which goes on sale fairly often for $35 AR would work.

    4. As was pointed out the only video cards worth considering right now are the HD3850(budget- look at the 512mb ones), HD3870, 8800GT and 8800GTS(just coming out).
    The newest cards are in short supply and the retailers are price gouging the hell out of them, hopefully the prices will drop in Jan.

    5. Get a good hard drive,they are the slowest part of a system, I like my WD7500AAKS.

    6. Cases are a personal preference. I like the Antec 900 for cooling but it's a pain in the ass to change hard drives.
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I notice you didn't ask about hard drives. If you are planning on using
    your old ones, keep in mind that the new boards only have one ide connector
    as everything is going to sata.
     
  5. Nguyen89

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    thanks for all your contributions appreciate the help guys
     

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