Well, after stringing it out my computer needs a major upgrade. The motherboard is taking a dump right now, and since the 939 sockets aren't made anymore that means replacing the processor (FX-55), memory (DDR1), and while I'm at it, the GPUs (2x 6800s). My goals are to play Crysis in at least 1600x1200 with max settings. I also want to leave room for upgrading in the future as this build becomes outdated (ex, a second SLI graphics card, and a PCI for a dedicated PhysX GPU). If possible, I'd like to keep it under $1,000, less is better. I don't plan on over-clocking—at least not until it becomes outdated.
I'll be using Vista Home Premium for games, and Ubuntu for everything else.
This is what I can salvage:
Power Supply:Antec TruePower Treo 650w
Sound Card: X-FI XtremeGamer Fatal1ty
Hard Drives: 2x 250gb SATA, 2x 250gb IDE
Case, DVD Drives, and peripherals
This is what I'm thinking of buying:
Motherboard: XFX nForce 680i LT ($110) or EVGA 780i ($220) – Is the dual-channel support and PCIe 2.0 worth the extra $100?
CPU: Q6600 ($210 w/fan)
RAM: 2x 2GB OCZ ReaperX HPC PC2-6400 ($85)
GPU: GeForce GTX 280 ($450)
Total: $865 to $965