Because I own a PC shop our family has several computers. I have two PCs in the house that no one is allowed to touch. Except for maybe the Mrs...maybe...on rare occasions.
One is for gaming and one is for my home office. I don’t spend as much time playing as I used to, so over the last two years I’ve neglected to upgrade the gaming PC, as if it needed it. It has two Nvidia 7950GTX cards, in SLi mode, and 4GBs of RAM, and it’ll run Crysis without a glitch. But my kids have been hounding me about upgrading their own computer to at least a Crysis playing level. So, to kill two birds with one stone I decided to give them my gaming machine and upgrade my home office PC to an acceptable play and work combo computer. By-the way, my wife has a gem of a Toshiba laptop, just in case you thought I was a scrooge and neglected her.
Here is what I had in my home office PC.
-AMD 64 2800+ 1.8GHz socket 754
-Asus socket 754 mainboard
-Club 3D Nvidia 7800GT 256MB AGP video card
-Kingston 2x 1GB RAM PC400
-Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 sound card
-Standard DVD/RW and standard DVD ROM
-2x Seagate 320GB SATA 2 hard drives
I kept the hard drives, optical drives and the sound card…then added the following.
-Intel Core2Duo E8400 3.0GHz
-MSI P7N SLI Platinum NF750i SLi DDR2 mainboard
-Club 3D Nvidia 8800GTS 512MB PCI-E (since I’ve upgraded this pc I’ve ordered a second identical card for SLi mode)
-Team Elite 2x 2GB RAM PC800
-Chieftec Midi-Tower PC case
All the pcs in the house have new 22" LG TFT diplays. I got them dirt cheap from a shop that was going out of business.
I considered AMD's 6400+ X2 3.2GHz CPU and ATI’s 3780 512MB video card, but according to several different benchmarks they would be about 10-20% slower than what I chose. Plus, the AMD 6400+ X2 is probably the last of a dying breed of AMD 64nm CPUs. And to purchase any mainboard that supports that architecture is just wasting money. In contrast the mainboard that I chose will support dual and quad CPUs with 45nm architecture, which is what the Intel E8400 has.