Upgrade path from E2140...
I am super out of the loop and without a decent computer at home so please bear with me...
My Abit IP35-E finally bit the dust so I'm left with:
E2140 that OC's to 3 ghz easy
2 gb DDR2-800 Crucial Ballistix
EVGA 9800 GTX
Corsair 650HX (2 years old)
I quit serious gaming a year ago, but I hate my PS3 again and probably will game somewhat. I do like high res gaming.
I was considering getting a EVGA 790i chipset, and 4 gb DDR3, using the remainder of what I have, and grabbing another 9800GTX when I see a cheap one. I think the PSU can handle that, and I would love to put that ram in the kids computer so I hear less whining.
But, I'm kinda thinking that I'm throwing good money after bad... anyone have a better option?
Budget is about $500 upper end.
To be honest I consider 775 to be more or less dead now that i3s are available that outperform C2Qs. You have a $500 budget. I'd recommend getting an i5 750, 4GB of DDR3 (nothing high-end, around $100) and the best motherboard you can afford with the money left over. Reuse the GPU and PSU (both still have some life left in them and are far more easily replaced). As for the CPU and RAM, either sell them or keep them around in case you need to build a server, HTPC, something like that.
It's your choice, but I'd guess that if you upgrade to a 790i motherboard you'll just end up caught in a loop of replacing outdated hardware to avoid a whole new system. I've made a personal pact with myself not to update my 775 system until I can afford something Nehalem-based (or something newer if it's out).
Or, what you could do with that $500 is get a cheap C2Q, pop it in your current board and OC it to 3.2Ghz+, sell the 9800 GTX+ for $100, then spend that together with the rest the money on a 5870. As far as gaming performance is concerned, the rig with this upgrade route will easily destroy the i5 750 + reuse 9800 GTX+ combo that Raserei408 mentioned above.
However if you don't do major gaming (only somewhat), the i5 750 + reuse GPU idea isn't bad.
The board is what's dead tho, so that's not really going to work.
I may just buy a decent replacement board and make this the kids computer in a few months when I can justify blowing a grand or more to build something new.
don't invest in a 790i, get a cheap Intel chipset board, you have good board at $ 100 , use your 9800 gtx for few month, look at what Nvidia will have to offer, it will always be the time to sell the one you have, but don't make the mistake to get a 790i , just for the SLI.
BESIDES, if you do find a cheap 9800 GTX and you still want to try out SLI, you can just use the HAL mod or something similar to enable SLI on an Intel chipset board. (Not all boards though)
haha i had the same setup in my vostro 200. I ended up keeping my 8800 gt and getting a tower for dirt cheap than spending $50 on fans for it. Bought some $120 ram and a used q6600 to overclock the shit out of, i also bought a new motherboard as i sold my cold duo core for $300. I think total spending was $540 not inlcuding the video card i bought a while ago but technically i got $300 for my old computer so it was $240
Are you dead set on Intel? 'Cause you can grab a nice AM3 board/X2 550BE/ 4GB DDR3 combo for $300 - $350. You can OC that to 4GHz and you're golden. Then you can decide which way to leap for a GPU down the road, or sell your 9800GTX/e2140 and pool that with the remainder of the budget and get a 5850 or GTX275.
I bought a cheap 780i board, this becomes the kids computer as soon as I can justify a new build.
Thanks guys, not often I get convinced to spend less money on the interwebz.
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