Correct me if I am wrong like most it has become painfully obvious that upgrading to AMD's next generation cpu and motherboards would be simply unwise. I have decided against my bad credit :rtfm: and better judgement that its finally time to upgrade and move towards something with a little more power.
I am following the guideline that was stickied in this topic so that the rest of you should find it easy to assist me finding the ideal Intel setup that I have been so painfully avoiding for the last 2 years.
My current setup:
CPU: AthlonX2 5000+ BE 2.6ghz overlocked to 3.2Ghz
Motherboard: Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe 590 SLI
Memory: Crucial Ballistix PC8500 2x1GB kit
WindowsXP MCE SP3
The reason I have only stated 3 components and operating system is simply because these are the ones that I would like to change and upgrade, the rest of my setup I intend on keeping.
What my PC will be used for:
My computer will be used for about 75% gaming and about 25% Internet,
e-mail, movies, and word proccessing.
What is my Budget for this upgrade:
My budget is $600 for this upgrade and of course is subject to change where its necessary.
What country will I be purchasing from:
Well thats a no brainer here at HWC, preferably BC where there's no PST to Ontario
What is my Brand preference:
I am not going to lie I was an AMD SLI fanboy so now I am converting to a Intel SLI fanboy. Unfortunately that leaves out any intel chipsets unless ofcourse you can convince me that its worth selling my 8800GT Akmibo SLI setup for practically nothing and move to ATI for a hell of alot more.
Currents parts I intend on using from my previous setup:
Asus 16X DVD-ROM
Antec NeoPower 550watt PSU
2 x Maxtor DiamondMAX 10 SATAII NCQ 16MB Cache
2 x EVGA 8800GT 512MB Akimbo SLI
ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme with Noctua NF P12
Have I read or searched or read similiar threads:
Yes I have searched and this what I have come up with so far, I have also included a couple of powersupplies as I would imagine some might suggest that 550watt will not be enough for the new cpu and motherboard combination.
I have EVGA's 750 and the only really annoying thing I've found is that with a dual slot card in the bottom slot, the clear CMOS is hard to get to. You need a pencil. Also, the NB fan is somewhat retarded and I couldn't get it to go flat against the HS. It has this little tab and I couldn't get it to fit in the slot. But maybe I'm just the retarded one. Other than that I don't really have any complaints. All SATA's are 90 degrees so if you ever upgrade to long cards you'll be alright. HOWEVER, they are ridiculously hard to access in a 900 with Silencer cables everywhere. Not familiar with the P182 so I can't comment on how easy you could get to them on it.
Thanks guys and to be quite honest I wish I could afford an Intel chipset solution, however at current market prices I would probably barely be able to get back a mere 1/3 of what a Radeon 4870 would cost even if I did sell my 8800GT setup. While quite capable of running a 24" monitor my dual 8800GT does offer me some peace of mind if I want to throw a little AA into the mix while playing my games. I guess I am in a bit of rock and a hard place at this point and time who would of thought pairing Intel chipset with intel cpus would be the "tried tested and true method" these days. I will have to give it a little more thought over the next few days before I make my decision and do some price comparison and then I will see where I am at.