Hey all, thanks for clicking the link to this thread. If anyone feels compelled enough to take some time to help, I could really do with some advice.
I've been struggling on with this computer for some time, it's not so bad, but it's not so great either (about 6 years old - 2.4Ghz).
I've decided to go for this CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Desktop Processor E8400, 2 x 3GHz / 1333MHz FSB
However, when I take a look through the motherboards, I simply can't get a good grip of what I want or need. It looks like there's far too much choice, but again it looks like only a few would be suitable.. I need help.
Some I've looked at are:
Asus P5E-VM HDMI Motherboard
MSI P7N Zilent *Zalman Limited Edition* Bundle 1333FSB
Asus P5N-D, NF750i SLI
XFX MB-N780I-ISH9, nForce 780i SLI
Motherboard requirements I need are:
I'd like to be able to run decent RAM 2 Gig at least, possibly 4 depending on cost (800Mhz? 1066?).
Is it worth getting an SLI motherboard? Taking Age of Conan as an example, would it be worth it there, or for the future? Am I restricted to using two cards with the SLI, or can I just use one, and future proof it for SLI in the future, or perhaps would it be better to buy another motherboard for this in the future when I need it?
Also, as a side note, I have a 23" Widescreen HD TV I use as my monitor, will I need a particular motherboard to make use of the HD? (Perhaps this is better left for the future also?
I suppose it all depends on cost here, SLI? HDMI board?
Minor concerns are number of SATA or IDE connections, also the manufacturer of the card.
Is there anything else I should be looking for from the motherboard? /confused
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2
or just a couple of sticks of: CCL Value 2GB DDR2 800 Memory
Or is that wise considering I have Vista 32-bit to put on it? :x
Graphics Card, tempted to pick up an XFX GeForce 9600GT Graphics Card
After that it's just a few other bits and pieces I'll need, a case
, a fan
, some thermal paste
, and perhaps a new power supply depending on how the final setup looks.
I'll be using my current screen, keyboard and mouse, so perhaps a KVM switch is half worth looking at too :freak:.
I guess I just want to make sure I'm aware of where this system will get limited first, and hopefully it won't mean buying all new components.
So, any help will be greatly welcomed and appreciated, and thanks for reading so far if you have!
It seems each time I look back at components things change, so if you don't like anything you see above, feel free to speak your mind