My current setup is a little over 2 years old. It's tired. Mobo beeps at start-up, I get NLTDR error that I cannot seem to fix (I get around it by keeping my mobo install CD in my CD-ROM. NO CLUE why it lets it get around it), it reboots on it's own if I touch certain parts or bump it (even lightly) accidentally... I'm just tired of trying to find out what's wrong. With that being said, I want to upgrade.
I'm going to keep the same case. It's beat up and a few things are loose, but it still does the job and I like it because it has 2 holes on 1 side and 1 hole on the top for new fans I will include in the new build. I'm also going to keep the same power supply (listed below).
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
** Question regarding the mobo... Does it matter which slots I use for the memory and my PCI-E 2.0 x16 video card?
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
3x 120mm fans:
Newegg.com - Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan
1x 80mm fan:
Newegg.com - Scythe S-FLEX SFF80C 80mm Case Fan
Old PSU I'm re-using (surprised they still sell it!):
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
Computer use includes:
- Adobe Photoshop CS3
- World of Warcraft (dual box)
- Fruity Loops 9
- AIM, Ventrilo, MSN Messenger, Winamp, FireFox
- Dual 23" monitors
95% of the time, I have almost everything above running at once. The only things I do not have running constantly in the list above are Photoshop, Fruity Loops (use it when I need it), and Counter-Strike (play it when I'm not playing WoW). But I usually have 5+ FireFox running, 2 WoW's, all my messenger programs, and a movie going. I know I don't need a quad core for the things I do but I feel like my current dual core isn't really as fast as I'd like for it to be, and why not just spend an extra $20 over a triple-core.