I heard from some people that when attempting to build a new computer (I7, GTX 460, triple channel memory) I was going way overkill. I don't do any graphics, mostly just games and normal stuff.
I was given some advice to keep my current system and to just upgrade the parts I have already. As much as I value that opinion I have always had great responses here on this site.
My current system specs:
ASUS P5B Deluxe Motherboard
Core2Duo 2.4 775
2GB DDR2-800 memory
The people giving me advice (for gaming) was to keep my CPU and overclock it to at least 3.0Ghz, add another 2GB of RAM, buy a nice higher end graphics card (GTX 460 seems to be a decent price) and go 64-bit Windows 7.
I wanted to go with a 24" monitor plus my 19" and they said if going for that large of a screen go with the 1GB version of the 460.
My current Motherboard is PCIe 1.0, so am I wasting performance sticking a new video card in an old slot?
Also on the overclocking issue my current temps with WoW/firefox running is at 27C with the motherboard running a 33C. I was told the CPU should be able to handle 60C no problem (may upgrade fan/heatsink if you guys think it would be necessary).
I have never overclocked a system before and I don't mind experimenting a bit. I was told to use a Windows based overclocking utility to test stability and temps before messing with the BIOS.
So my main questions are:
Should I use the AI tools software provided by my motherboard manufacturer or do you guys suggest a good free, novice friendly software.
Is this a reasonable way to go about upgrading?
With a new monitor this setup was only running me about $550 with tax and shipping versus nearly $2000 going to a completely new system.
Thanks for any help! You guys are great.
Edited by hamluis, 18 July 2010 - 08:50 AM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to System Building/Upgrading ~ Hamluis.