So I’ve been contemplating some much needed computer upgrades to my system and then I thought hey, my readers are some pretty smart and opinionated people, I’ll make a blog post! It also helps me to write stuff like this down (err, well, so to speak, I assure you there was no pen to paper in the making of this post). So here’s my current desktop more or less
- Q6700 Quad Core Processor @2.67Ghz
- Asus P5QL Pro (Motherboard)
- 8GB DDR2 @800MHz
- GeForce GTX 560 Ti with a slight factory overclock
- 4x 750 GB HDD in RAID 10 (7200 RPM each)
As you can tell my processor is getting a bit…old. There I said it, it’s old! The damn thing must be 4 years old by now, if not more (might be as much as 6, I can’t remember). This processor has seen 3 graphics cards come and go, it’s gotten to the point where it can’t handle being overclocked anymore, the system simply won’t take it.
So it’s time for an upgrade, problem is the Q6700 still uses a 775 socket which pretty much isn’t used anymore, which means I need a new motherboard. As luck would have it DDR2 has pretty much been phased out so that means I’d need to replace my memory at the same time. Don’t get me wrong the mobo and the RAM needs to get replaced as well, it’s just a pain in the wallet to have to do it in one fell swoop.
The processors I’m looking at right now are
Now normally the i7 would be a tad out of my price range but it’s on sale right now from Tiger Direct for $294.97 while the i5 is on sale for $229.97. I figure with how long my old processor lasted me I’ll have to get many years out of this new one so I might as well chip in a few extra dollars to get it to stretch all that more further.
I’d also have to buy a new mobo, and since each processor uses a different socket which motherboard I get will depend on what processor I ultimately chose. The likely candidates are
Ouch, and those are the cheapest options available too. The upside of the 151-SE-E777-K2 is that it has all the bells and whistles, everything from USB 3.0 to SLI $ CrossfireX capabilities (not that I’d ever see myself needing more than one video card).
Finally, lets look at the memory. Luckily the memory is pretty standard and should work with any motherboard I buy, but some options are
- 2x 4GB DDR3-1866MHz ($47.99 retail each, $95.98 for 8GB retail, $59.98 sale)
- 2x4GB DDR3-2133MHz ($60.99)
The GA-H55M-S2V can only handle up to 1600 MHz RAM while the 151-SE-E777-K2 can handle all the way up to 2133 MHz so I picked out two examples from each category. Luckily there isn’t a huge price discrepancy for my target of 8GB of RAM (which I currently have now and is doing me quite nicely).
So lets break it down to basically what I have illustrated as two example
|i5-3570K, Z68A-G43, DDR3-1866MHz||$475.96 retail, $359.92 sale|
|i7-3820, 151-SE-E777-K2, DDR3-2133 MHz||$693.97 retail, on sale for $568.95|
Yikes, so it looks like I’m not going to be going with the i7-3820, there’s just no way I can justify spending that much money. Even the i5-3570K package I’ve picked out is fairly expensive.
Maybe I can find some middle ground here…