I’m thinking of donating my PC to my dad, and building myself a new one, but I’m a bit out of touch with current tech and need some help.
My current system was a bit of beast when I built it in mid 2008, and it’s still going strong:
- P5K Premium/WiFi-AP Black Pearl Special Edition
- Intel Core2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz
- 4GB Corsair DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM
- Inno3D GeForce 7600GST 128MB
…All in a Coolermaster Centurion 5 with eXtreme Power Plus 550w PSU
It seems the motherboard is quite specialist and very good for overclocking, although everything is stock and always has been. At the time I was contemplating some overclocking and upgrading, but it never happened as it’s never felt slow.
The replacement doesn’t need to be much more powerful than this, but I am on a smaller budget – less than £200 would be ideal, but can stretch to a bit more if necessary. I’m looking for a motherboard, CPU and RAM, assuming the PSU is good enough. The gfx doesn’t matter, I’ll reuse it, unless the on-board is better. I'm not that bothered about a super dooper overclokable motherboard, but some nice features would be good for the future...
If I get something, I’ll be transferring the old motherboard to an mATX case (although will have to check if the MB is mATX!)
I’d like something around:
- Decent motherboard, if possible as good as my Asus, but I expect the modern equivalent would be expensive.
- Core2Quad or better (would prefer i5 over i3)
- 4GB RAM
Alternatively, if you can spec a low end set of components within the budget (Dual core CPU, 2GB RAM and a half decent mATX MB), to replace my Dads P4 3.4 (Prescott), then I might consider that instead.
I’ve just upgraded it to Windows 7 and the chipset is very out of date with no drivers… Hence, this thread!