New Motherboard and Processor

  Waterboy1999 19:12 23 Mar 2008
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My current system
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Compaq Presario 061
System Model: PN124AA-ABU SR1219UK GB440
BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/27/04 13:45:15 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
Memory: 2560MB RAM
Page File: 573MB used, 2588MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

I would like to get a new processor, but my motherboard is a bit out of date. Surprisingly my current system can handle games like Crysis on medium with a good resolution. On sites like systemrequirementslab.com however, it is normally my processor what is letting my system down. I was hoping if any one could suggest a good motherboard and processor around £250 to £300 mark. I would like to keep my Graphics card I currently have.

I aim to play games like Age of Conan on best settings and will be updating the graphics card and other aspects of the system in the near future. I would like your suggestions on what the best motherboards and processors with gaming in mind I should get.

  GaT7 19:35 23 Mar 2008

What RAM do you have? If it's DDR, then I think you may struggle to get a decent DDR CPU-mobo combo, unless you don't mind getting something off eBay.

But for your budget you could also get decent DDR2 RAM, so shouldn't be a problem. Check out the mobo's dimensions to see if it'll fit in the case.

Total = £248 for the following:

- Intel quad-core Q6600 £156 click here
- MSI P35 Neo-F £57 click here
- OCZ 2Gb (2x1GB) DDR2 £35 click here

Of course, you could go for a dual-core E6750 click here (or the newer E8300/E8400) instead & save a bit.

OR, you could just go for a new system with similar spec to the above & a better graphics card.

I'm surprised a mere 8600GT can handle Crysis even on medium settings. Don't own the game though. G

  Waterboy1999 19:43 23 Mar 2008

My ram is DDR, but I do not mind buying new ram.

  Stuartli 19:57 23 Mar 2008

The E6750 is a 65mm core Intel processor - the E8400, which is an even better value replacement than the E6850, is the new Wolfdale 45mm core processor (yet is about £50 cheaper).

It might be worth checking if your current motherboard is a miniATX or ATX board - the latter is much more versatile and easier to work on, but your case might/will not be big enough if it's miniATX.

  Stuartli 20:08 23 Mar 2008

Firms such as Novatech offer motherboard bundles, which work out cheaper:

click here

  GaT7 20:20 23 Mar 2008

"Firms such as Novatech offer motherboard bundles, which work out cheaper:" - Not necessarily Stuartli. Compare my suggestion with a similar offering from Novatech for £340 click here. Novatech's mobo is better (lower on the RAM though) & everything comes assembled - but the £92 difference is just too great to make it worth the while.

Waterboy1999, a slightly better motherboard than the one I suggested earlier - £58 Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G iP35 click here.

If you were purchasing a new PC what's your budget likely to be? G

  Waterboy1999 20:27 23 Mar 2008

If I get a new pc I would probably save for a couple of months and get a good gaming PC for around £1000. Do you think it would be a better option to buy a new PC?

  woodchip 20:30 23 Mar 2008

This any good click here

  GaT7 20:44 23 Mar 2008

You could use the parts you purchased now in your new PC (if you were still building it yourself of course).

For £1000 you should get a very good spec, & waiting a couple of months would get better value as some prices would've dropped. Does the £1000 budget include a monitor may I ask?

woodchip, that's OK, but I think Waterboy1999's looking for something more powerful. G

  citadel 20:55 23 Mar 2008

intel have price cuts due 20 april so there could be some bargins, plus 9 series cards are in the pipeline, other than the 9800gtx2

  Waterboy1999 20:57 23 Mar 2008

The budget does not include the monitor

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