I'll start by listing my current specs, also, I was unsure what section to post this in, because as far as high end computers go, this would be the low end of it. It is a couple years old, but there have been some upgrades since I originally built it, I think the PSU may be the only original part left lol.
: Gigabyte MA790X (This was meant to be only temporary after I fried my good one moving my computer to college (somehow)).
Nvidia N275GTX TWINFROZR
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition (8gb)
AMD Phenom 9850 BE (2.55 oc'd to ~3.1)
Enermax Phoenix Neo
Not so important specs
Logitech MX518 - Before anybody gives me crap for this one, I like it so much I replaced all of my computers with this mouse and bought one for my laptop ^_^
Asus VW246H - Just added this one, and so far I love it
Logitech Z-2300 - Love these ^_^
Alright, so here is where I am at, I have been looking to upgrade (or, overhaul as it may be) for a while now. Today, I came downstairs to my computer and popped open firefox to check my e-mail, then the heat alarm decided to go off (Not super rare when under heavy load, but never when idle). Unfortunately, as far as cooling goes, my computer would be classified as "Fire Hazard" if only because the cooling is only just barely almost adequate and if it weren't for the after-market heat sinks it would be too hot to use. (Honestly, I wasn't too worried about the relatively poor heat management due to excessive OC'g as I have been wanting to overhaul it for a while). Anyway, I crack the case to see what happened, and it looks like the 250mm fan crapped out on me, leaving only two scrawny 120mm fans to do the job (Both set to intake air, with the 250 to remove it).
So, what leads me to post here is I have finally decided to undergo the much needed upgrades, and I would like your guys advice, as while I seldom post here (like three posts or w/e) I often troll these forums and you guys are some of the best ^_^.
Here is what I am looking to upgrade (according to priority, but the order will probably be made at the same time anyway)
1. Motherboard (obviously if this is upgraded 3 and 4 will also need to be)
2. Cooling (possibly water or alternative, as I do excessively try to OC just about everything.)
Those are the four (Unfortunately all major expenditures) I am hoping to upgrade.
Only real conditions I am looking to meet is I don't care much for intel processors, so it should be AMD to make me content (I am an AMD processor, INTEL Gfx kinda guy)
Also, I want to try to do this for under $600 but I am sure you guys all know how this goes, so that figure is just a very loose range, it it ends up +/- a few hundred it won't break me.
Thanks for this folks, I know this is one of the few places I trust to read about for advice concerning something that sucks up most of my income (except my aquarium which is at a close second lol)
. I was looking a bit (and planning on for a while) to go with the Phoenom II but With that newish 6 core out, I don't know much about the new hex core processors, if somebody could enlighten me on those, that would be helpful as well.