OK! Here's what I currently have:
Intel Corporation D945GNT mobo 800MHz FSB
3.4GHz Intel Pentium D Processor 945
4 X 1GB DDR2 533MHz PC2-4200
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1300 Video Card 256MB
2 W/D SATA II 120GB drives &7200 RPM 8MB Cache
I'm looking to upgrade. I want something that meets today's standards but doesn't have to be bleeding edge. I'm not a gamer but I wouldn't mind one day getting some flight sim games:
I want a medium priced quad core processor--Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz or Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz??
A mobo with a FSB worthy of the processor.
1066 DDR Memory--Kingston HyperX or Crucial Ballistix?? (Will I notice much difference betwee this and 800 or something faster?)
A harddrive that can keep up with the rest.
And, is my video card OK, or do I need to upgrade it too?
Or, what about this:
I'd like to keep it as close to $500 - $600 as possible, but I'll go a little higher if I need too. Now, please understand that I am NOT an overclocker, in fact, I like to just plug everything in and have it work. That means I'd rather not have to make any changes in the BIOS if at all possible and have everything run at its rated speed. So, what are your recommendations?
Edited by Julio, 13 February 2008 - 09:04 PM.