Upgrading PC, need help!

vbimport

#1

I am upgrading my PC (and putting the bits I am removing into an older PC that also needs upgrading) but I am a bit of a hardware newbie. What I would like to know is:

Will this: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-003-OB

Swap with the bits in this?

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q6600 (4 X 2.40GHz) 1066MHz FSB/8MB L2 Cache
Memory (RAM)
4096 MB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (4x1GB)
Motherboard
ASUS® P5N32-E SLI+: Quad-core CPU Ready, NVIDIA® Dual X16 SLI
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
74GB WD Raptor® SATA 16MB CACHE (10000rpm)
2nd Hard Disk
1000GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 32MB CACHE (7200rpm)
CD/DVD Drive
20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM
Sound Card
Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio 7.1: £28
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Case
Stylish Silver/Black Sigma case + 2 front USB
Power Supply & Case Cooling
900W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
Processor Cooling
ASUS SILENT KNIGHT II PURE COPPER ULTRA COOLER

I am not sure what information you will need, so ask me if I am missing anything important. I just need to know of any compatibility issues. Let me know if you need a picture of my current case innards or anything like that.

Also, I would like to get a new graphics card, preferably nVidia, can anybody suggest a good card, or should I wait for the DX11 ones? Price range from £200 to £400.

Thanks.


#2

Yes, that swap will work. Just as a alternative price wise, here are basically the same components from dabs.com this would be using the stock fan, if you wanted to overclock you would want to get a better cooler.

Intel Nehalem i7 920 S1366 2.66GHz
Asus P6T SE S1366 Intel X58 ATX A L
Corsair Memory Corsair 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 CL9

total (inc VAT) £490.12 and free delivery to the mainland. Saving you quite a bit, and for the same performance. And here is a cooler that would work well: Akasa AK-CC017

If your set on Nvidia, then you want to wait a little longer. AMD has their new stuff out now, the 5850 and 5870 are nice choices.

If you don’t have windows 7, thats a good upgrade too. Also if you want to burn some of that saved cash you can get a small SSD drive as your main boot drive.

edit: Oh, I just read its already OC’d to 4GHz. Well thats up to you, but OC’ing it is half the fun and a good lesson since your going to want to know how to maintain your system and update the BIOS.


#3

Fantastic response, thanks! Thinking about things, that is a massive saving. I think I will buy the bits individually, as you say.

Just a couple of questions:
Could I replace the RAM with this instead without any problems? http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-corsair-6gb-1600mhz-ddr3-cl9-5CYR.html

Would my current CPU cooler be sufficient? Or would it be better to have the one you posted? I currently have this: http://www.twenga.co.uk/prices-Silent-Knight-II-ASUS-CPU-Cooler-449475-0

This card as you say does look very good: http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-5870-hd-850mhz-1gb-pci-express-2-0-hdmi-68H7.html?q=5870 Would this last me a while? I know there are no nVidia cards out yet that have Direct X 11 which is a pain. I am not very good with graphics cards, I read something about the fact nVidia cards have PhysX software you can get, which ATi misses out on, is it much of a loss? Or not a big selling point? I was originally looking at the GTX 295 which is much more expensive.

I was also wondering if there was any advantage in getting a board with SLi capabilities, such as http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-s1366-intel-x58-ddr3-atx-audio-2gbe-lan-3-channel-5BRP.html?q=x58 which is a bit more expensive, but if I do pick the ATi then there is definatley not much point!

I recently got Windows 7, I am very pleased with it! Thanks for all your help, and anyone else who answers too!


#4

You can get that ram. But your old cpu cooler won’t fit the new CPU, the akasa will be fine, if you want to spend more get the Noctua NH-U12P its bigger though but quieter and might perform a bit better.

A less expensive SLI choice would be the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R £143.51 inc vat

If you get a 5870 look into one of the XFX branded models. There are modifications out there to get physx to work on an AMD card, but I haven’t looked into them cause I have an Nvidia card myself.

edit: Looks like Akasa has a newer model comming out, but I don’t see it at any stores, AK-CCX-4001HP


#5

Another advice…

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-P55-GD65-Intel-P55-Motherboard-LGA1156
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-2x2GB-Corsair-XMS3-Dominator-DDR3-PC3-12800-(1600)-240-Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-8-XMP-DHX
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel-Core-i7-860-s1156-Lynnfield-Quad-Core-280GHz-DMI-25-GT-s-8MB-Cache-95W-Retail

Shouldn’t be hard to hit 4Ghz
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_p55gd65/8.htm



http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=799&type=expert&pid=4
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3655&p=6
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/memory/print/corsair-ddr3-1600.html

As for video card I agree that ATi 5870 or 5850 is the way to go but brand doesn’t matter since all use reference design at least at time of writing.
PhysX is just marketing, you’re not missing out on something really…
//Danne