TheWacoKid wrote:CPU + mobo + memory won't hit $800 unless you're really trying.
I'd go 2600K, Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4, and 8-16 GB of any DDR3-1600 that catches your eye with 1.5v operating voltage.
Then use some of the leftover cash to get a halfway decent CPU cooler and OC the crap out of the 2600K.
I've got my old UltraSharp 2001FP in portrait mode (1200x1600) beside the 3007WFP (2560x1600). It looks like 3/4 of this.Flying Fox wrote:I would say look at upgrading to a larger monitor (use 2!) to at least 1920x1080. Or you can just go straight to a 27"?
I can agree with these. That leaves almost enough in the budget for an UltraSharp U2410 and a Blu-ray drive.
ultima_trev wrote:The K version will provide for much easier and effective overclocking. Then again, if you don't plan to OC, by all means save 10-20 bucks and get the non-K version.
Scrotos wrote:Also, if you have SATA and PCIe, your computer ain't THAT old. I figured you were finally upgrading that ol' Pentium 90 so you could use them newfangled interwebs!
Gigabyte's "Ultra-Durable" line of motherboards use all solid-state (not liquid electrolyte) capacitors. My Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 was the best motherboard that I've owned in a very long time. At the moment, Asus has better UEFI and fan controls, but I like the layout, features and pricing of a couple of Gigabyte's micro-ATX Z68 motherboards.kitsura wrote:I see lots of recommendations for Gigabyte mobos. How has their recent record been?
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