My current specs are in my signature. I would like to upgrade my processor, which will require a new motherboard. I also want to upgrade my video card. From newegg, please help me choose a good, reliable brand motherboard. I was thinking the right processor class for me is an AMD 64bit, am I right? For the videocard, I was thinking one for around $250-300, since I know that is the medium price for the newest generation of video cards.
After a similar post on GameFAQs forums, I have narrowed down my choices some. The motherboard is always the hardest thing to choose since there are so many of them. Some common suggestions have been EPoX EP-9NPA3ULTRA, Asus A8N5X, and DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D. For the processor I have been told the Athlon 64 3000+ or 3200+ would be very good. For the videocard, I think that it is between X1800XT or XFX 7900GT.
I do plan on overclocking somewhat, with the help of these forums
. My current ram is PC3000, is that going to severely limit my OC on the processor? I also plan on overclocking the videocard, possibly. How is stock cooling on these cards? One last question I have is about my PSU, I have a Thermaltake 420W. Will this need to be replaced too :P
Please help! Thanks you very much all! I can answer any further questions/stretch my budget some, so help me build an ideal gaming machine... I want Oblivion + future games to look beautiful