Been a long time since I posted here So my 3500+ A64 system has died and rather than fiddle around trying to fix it I have decided to upgrade. I would like to have waited for a while to upgrade, but I really need a computer for uni so I need to get this done ASAP. I was wondering if you guys had any thoughts on what I have put together? Have I done anything blatantly retarded? Been out of the scene for a while :P
I am looking to play upcoming games like Crysis and Bioshock on my 2405FWP, which is why I am going for the quad core over an E6850. The mobo I chose because it looks like I will have a reasonable upgrade path with it in the future.
I am just using an 8600GT as an interim card until the next gen of dx10 cards come out. I am a little unsure about 2GB vs 4GB ram. Seems for now on 32bit a good 2GB pair is what you want? I'm not really prepared to run 64bit vista just now to really take advantage of the 4GB.
So here is my list! Any advice/thoughts would be great! Thanks in advance!
Asus Striker Extreme
Corsair T2X2048-64C4DHX 4-4-4-12 timings
OCZ 850w gamexstream
8600GT, asus atm -256mb but any point in the 512?
2 X 500GB seagate 7200.10
Vista Ultimate 32bit (upgrading from win2k)
Well I was hee hawing the whole thing like you. I was stuck -- needed a new 3d card but only had AGP. Could use a new proc, since I had an Athlon XP 3000+. Ram was okay at 2GB. HD Space was doable with 160GB PATA and a pile of external drives (over a TB).
Then reality set in. I needed to do all at once, since any new parts would force the others. Thats when I said to hell with it and made my choice between the Dells with Linux and a Mac. I went Mac for the simple fact of I wanted it now and it was a small footprint in my lab (yes its a lab, 3 thin clients, and 12 pcs of various flavors and formfactors. Thats with a few Suns and an SGI, and a couple of Macs).
If you dont mind replacing every 2-2.5 years and have a spare machine in full, go Mac. I know that at least every year I will be replacing the parts out anyway, so I said fuck it the Mac is a wash anyway. If you tend to blow an average of $200 or so a year on something (ram, mobo+cpu, HD, 3D, etc) then go Dell or something. I had their tower specced pretty sweet with 4GB of RAM and the second best Core2Duo. Was $1500 w/o screen. Pretty nice. It was one of their Linux offerings at the time.
I run a business in system building, so if you want a custom rig made up, I can do it for you too. Shipping would be dependent on how far. I am from the Milwaukee, WI area. I order all of my parts off Newegg and warranty all of my company's own work. I preload XP, Vista, an/or Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu, Linspire, Freespire).