Hello everyone and happy early New Year!
When I first joined these forums, I posted a thread asking for some advice on an upgrade project I had in mind; and according to the responses it was a better investment than my alternative upgrade plan. Basically I have a tower that somebody (no idea who) self-built quite a few years ago. I have no idea what it was built for; but apparently the board supports a variety of C2D's. I recently looked into building a new system for light gaming, but I'm a poor white boy and this upgrade looks cheaper than the other build idea (and it would have similar specs). With that being said, I have a rough build plan of what the specs should look like when I'm done "upgrading" it, and I'd like some constructive criticism and/or some advice on the concept.
I am aware the motherboard is absolutely terrible in terms of modern computing but this is really more of a personal project (moreso to gain some more experience in the hobby of computer building).
So the basic specs of the machine currently are:
Motherboard: P5VD2-VM SE (ASUS)
Processor: Intel Celeron D (3.06GHz)
Cooling: Basic Heatsink
RAM: 2GB installed (4GB max.)
HDD: 250 GB
Graphics: Integrated, and they are total ****.
PSU: Unknown brand; but rated at 300W.
I'm not mean enough to call this setup useless......but in it's current state that's pretty much what it is. For a modern computer enthusiast, it's only really good for testing downloaded software for malware. Which is what I've been using it for since I got it.
After some fine tuning under the hood, this is what I hope to have:
Motherboard: P5VD2-VM SE
Processor: Intel Extreme X6800 (2.93 GHz, dual core)
Cooling: Liquid Cooling (according to my research, a normal heat sink won't
cut it for this processor for some reason)
RAM: 4GB (maxed out)
HDD: Crucial V4 128GB SATA II SSD
Graphics: GTX 650TI
PSU: Corsair CX600 600W
In case you need links (just examples):
Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 2 93GHz 4M 1066 Socket 775 LGA775 CPU SL9S5 | eBay
Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling System | eBay
RAM: 4GB 2X 2GB DDR2 PC5300 PC2 5300 667 MHz Low Density Desktop Memory RAM 4 GB Kit | eBay
HDD: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
Graphics: Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P4-3650-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
What are your thoughts? Any opinions, help, or adivce is greatly appreciated.