Forum Settings
       
This Forum is Read Only

Upgrade adviceFollow

#1 Jul 30 2010 at 3:19 AM Rating: Decent
Scholar
**
255 posts
Got given a computer today that is:

2 CPU's
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E8400
(6M Cache, 3.00 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)

Runs SLI
GeForce 8800 GTX (x2)

4G Ram

I have a budget of $3000 - what to fix?

Edit: Assume that I'm an idiot with hardware - because I am ; ;

Edited, Jul 30th 2010 5:27am by Papanurf
____________________________
[img]http://sigs.enjin.com/sig-ffxiv/15834_3d32ad424a3db4b1.png[/img]
#2 Jul 30 2010 at 4:18 AM Rating: Excellent
Quote:
I have a budget of $3000


= You can build a seriously powerful machine entirely from scratch.


Granted, what you have now isn't really bad. It'll play the game, and with your SLI cards, play it fairly decently.

The 3 major things you're going to want to look at are:

CPU
GPU
RAM

In order to get the latest, greatest CPU, you're going to need a new motherboard. This is also where the new RAM comes in.

the Intel i7-950 are supposed to be coming down in price by nearly 50% sometime in August. I would wait for that, personally. It'll save you nearly $250 from what I hear. They're reaching $580 retail currently.

If you go with that particular CPU, you're going to need a motherboard with an LGA 1366 CPU socket. I'd suggest ASUS or EVGA.

Also, you're going to want to slap in about 6 gigs of at least DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Next, I'd put in a GTX 470 GPU. ****, if you've got 3k to spend, throw 2 in there for SLI.

I'm a big fan of RAID Hard Drive setups. Buy 2 identical SATA3.0 HDDs and put them in a RAID-0 array using your motherboards built in settings.



Soundcard... I've always liked Soundblaster. Latest & greatest usually are pretty inexpensive. Onboard would do too, really.
Onboard LAN
Can keep your current DVD burner/reader if you're happy with it -- same with your tower case, if it's a decent size. I like full ATX cases.
#3 Jul 30 2010 at 4:31 AM Rating: Decent
*
50 posts
Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Quote:
I have a budget of $3000


= You can build a seriously powerful machine entirely from scratch.


Granted, what you have now isn't really bad. It'll play the game, and with your SLI cards, play it fairly decently.

The 3 major things you're going to want to look at are:

CPU
GPU
RAM

In order to get the latest, greatest CPU, you're going to need a new motherboard. This is also where the new RAM comes in.

the Intel i7-950 are supposed to be coming down in price by nearly 50% sometime in August. I would wait for that, personally. It'll save you nearly $250 from what I hear. They're reaching $580 retail currently.

If you go with that particular CPU, you're going to need a motherboard with an LGA 1366 CPU socket. I'd suggest ASUS or EVGA.

Also, you're going to want to slap in about 6 gigs of at least DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Next, I'd put in a GTX 470 GPU. ****, if you've got 3k to spend, throw 2 in there for SLI.

I'm a big fan of RAID Hard Drive setups. Buy 2 identical SATA3.0 HDDs and put them in a RAID-0 array using your motherboards built in settings.



Soundcard... I've always liked Soundblaster. Latest & greatest usually are pretty inexpensive. Onboard would do too, really.
Onboard LAN
Can keep your current DVD burner/reader if you're happy with it -- same with your tower case, if it's a decent size. I like full ATX cases.


To be honest, I wouldn't spend more than 1.5-2k on the system. My $1000 rig smashes the benchmark, but throwing a little more money into it would help you more. I'd take the extra cash and buy a comfy chair
____________________________


#4 Jul 30 2010 at 5:00 AM Rating: Decent
Scholar
Avatar
****
4,148 posts
^ your $1,000.00 rig scores over 6,000 on the benchmark? (what I consider smashing).

O.P. I'd just give it a whirl with your system as it is. Maybe try the SLI hack and see what you score on the bench.

I'm betting you can manage for a bit at the very least for a few months when there are new some nice new contenders due out. The new Flagships from ATI and supposedly/poossibly some sort of GTX475 both higher performing and lower cost.

Edited, Jul 30th 2010 7:03am by Levish
____________________________
Mishana: DRG | THF | RDM | NIN
#5 Jul 30 2010 at 5:23 AM Rating: Good
*****
11,539 posts
Definitely replace the guts (CPU, MB, GPU, RAM, PSU if needed). For 1000-1.5, you can get some good performance. for 1.5-2.5, you can get some stellar performance.
____________________________
[ffxisig]55836[/ffxisig]

Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.
#6 Jul 30 2010 at 5:28 AM Rating: Decent
Scholar
**
255 posts
Got 2704 low res on benchmark (without SLI hack)
I stopped the hi-res about half way through when it was only up to about 400.

Sounds like I should dig the RAID out of this comp and stick it in some new guts, get windows 7 64bit and a comfy chair.

Well, at least I scored myself a stupidly powerful ventrillo server.
____________________________
[img]http://sigs.enjin.com/sig-ffxiv/15834_3d32ad424a3db4b1.png[/img]
This forum is read only
This Forum is Read Only!
Recent Visitors: 15 All times are in CST
Anonymous Guests (15)