Finally, can’t resist anymore.
Last 2 years, I spend approximately RM1k for low cost pc upgrade, to upgrade my very old (2003 pc). The upgrade detail as below :
- AMD Athlon 2500+ (always OC to 3200+) –> Pentium Dual Core 1.8 GHz
- 2×256 MB Corsair TwinX DDR400 –> Kingston Value RAM DDRII 667 2x1GB (max slot occupied)
- Abit NF2 Ultra mobo –> Gigabyte 945 mobo.
- GeCube ATI Radeon 9600XT –>XFX 8600GT
- Acbel 350W PSU –> iCute 450W PSU (have to buy this since new mobo got 4pin atx socket..damn)
- Cost : RM270+150+190+500+90 = RM1200
Yes, I know, it is low budget ugprade. Had to constrain my upgrade budget since need to buy so many stuff at the same time since my old platform already absolete. Furthermore, I firmly believe that Pentium Dual Core 1.8 GHz (able to be overclocked with stock cooler without additional voltage to 2.4GHz) is more than enough for my 8600GT.
Result 3DMark06 : 1.6k –> 3.8k (about 3 fold gaming performance improvement)
Jan 2009, I bought Gigabyte (Zalman) ATI Radeon 4850 @ RM580.00 to replace my 8600GT because I felt that current game (at that moment) can’t be played optimally with that card.
Result 3DMark06 : 3.8k –> 8.5k (almost 2 fold gaming performance upgrade, sweet)
Win7 Peformance Index also shown that my CPU and RAM are the culprit.
Last month, I start to believe that my CPU (Pentium Dual Core) is my current system bottleneck. Everytime I play 2009 games at high or ultra high setting, I notice that CPU run at 100% and game sometime lag pretty badly. Time to upgrade my processor but..but…. the mobo also almost obsolete. Sigh. So, need to do major upgrade again.
So, I bought :
- AMD Phenom II 955 Black Edition
- Cosair TwinX 2×2048 DDR3 1333Mhz
- Tagan 600W 80+ PSU
- Asus M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX + 750SB) mobo
- Cost : RM 1777.00
Result 3DMark06 : 8.5k –> 15k (almost double). It is hard to believe how much my old cpu drag my graphic card down before.
Win7 Result now (almost balance, except hdd) :
CPU 7.4, Ram 7.5, graphic card 7.3, hdd 5.9 (duh)
Some of my friend ask : Why AMD not Intel?
Budget. i7 defenitely the ideal choice but i7 system frankly beyond my reach. C2D (or intel quad core) already start to become an obsolete platform. At least, AM3 is current AMD platform and AMD has good history with backward compatibility. Furthermore, after do some exhaustive homework, AMD win my performance / money ratio, based on my budget (not exceed RM1500 initially).