Looking to upgrade with best value!
Hello, I am currently trying to squeeze a little more performance out of my existing rig and would love some help in doing so cost effectively.
My XFX mobo failed about 8 months ago and since then I have been getting by on a $50 intel matx.
Here are my existing specs to start:
Intel C2D E7200 M0 @ 2.53Ghz (Which wont overclock to save my freaking life and on several boards was not offically recognized and ran at 2.4Ghz until I flashed the damn bios)
Intel DG41RQ mobo
Corsair CM2X1064 -6400C4 x 4 (I am only running 2MB's as the cheap board only has 2 DIMM's
XFX 8800 GT 512MB Alpha Dog G92 (I have two but again can't sli on the cheap board)
X-Fi Gamer Fata1y edition (not using as I dont have the space)
1000W Modular PSU
2 x 150GB WD Velociraptor 15000 RPM HDD
Antec 900 Case
PLEASE when POST threads asking for input on system builds tell us...
1. What YOUR PC will be used for: Gaming.
2. What YOUR budget is: Money is very tight as I am a new father and my wife no longer works, I would like to spend ~400 CND.
3. What country: Canada or US
4. IF YOU have a brand preference. I prefer nvida, intel, and I like MSI and XFX as well.
5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are: I would like to keep my case, monitor, PSU, Razer KB and Mouse, HDD, and anything else I can.
6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads: I have, but I would like feedback specific to my situation.
7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds: As it is important that I be as economical as possible I would like to do moderate O/C if I can. However my computer is in the living room and my wife does not like high pitched fans.
8. WHEN do you plan to build it: Oct or Nov 2010
9. What resolution do you use: 1680 x 1050
I would like to keep as many parts as possible I have a decent sound card, HDD, case, PSU etc. I have several components I can't use with this mobo. It sucks to have 2Gb's of Ram and an extra vid card sitting next to my desk.
I would like to upgrade the mobo primarily, and perhaps my ram, and then maybe run my 8800's SLI'ed for awhile until I can afford a better card. I realize my cpu is a bit of a bottle neck. Any creative suggestions would be very much appreciated I am looking primarily for excellent value. When I bought this system two years ago I wanted to be able to reuse parts for my next system and feel I have several items that are still good in a new system. (HDD, PSU, Case, etc)
get one gtx 460 for the time being, worry about other upgrades later.
I'd say upgrade your CPU or try and overclock it to at least 3GHz...what problems are you having exactly?
I don't think getting a GTX 460 right now would make any difference when your CPU will probably hold it back.
I amlost forget,,,where are our manner...Welcome to the forum! Hope you like the place;)
Lol no a E7200 can handle a 460 without issue.
I would sell your CPU/ MOBO/ RAM so that will add a bit to your budget then buy a new CPU MOBO RAM in core I5 with a new video card. Everything will fit in budget and you will have a like new computer. Keep your 8800 for physix ( damn did I really say that ) ho god. Maybe you will be some day or few week without a comp but it`s worth the upgrade. How many of us have done it before.
Welcome to the forums, and
Holy crap, the Corsair 1k :shok: You could be powering 10 of those systems :bleh:
As far as the CPU goes, if you were to upgrade to a GTX 460, you would have a bit of a bottleneck, the GTX 460 would likely be the highest you could go. Unfortunately the E7 series has the small cahce size, which actually has a noticeable difference in many games.
You could however, get a quality Asus or Gigabyte motherboard and try and bump the thing up to 3GHz which I would say, would pair well with just a GTX 460 768MB
Otherwise, here is an upgradethought:
Gigabyte GTX 460 768MB - $179.99 - $20MIR
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Total: $378 - $30MIR
The PII x4 920, will give you a slight boost in many games. I would venture a good 10%+, and will pair well with the GTX 460.
Alternatively, I would also suggest looking at the BST section. You could likely get yourself a great deal on an older C2D, something like the E8400/8500 + LGA775 board, which will overclocker beautifully, or even go with a C2Q, like the 9450/9550/9650
Thanks for the replies so far guys, can any of you make specific recommendations on a great value Mobo? Intel only please.
for which socket? :)
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You can sli with this mobo. This comes in at a tad over $400 with shipping and taxes. You could go with a dual core to save some $ and satisfy your overclocking lust....
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