Ok so i got some money today, $154 cash and a $50 gift card for Target. ( http://www.target.com/
Now first of all, what could I use that gift card for?
- Fallout 3 is on their site for $40, and F.E.A.R. 2: project origin is $20. might get one of those or possibly another game. Maybe clothes.
But the important part (and why i am in this part of the forum) Is what to spend my cash on?
I have been wanting to nab a Phenom II x4 940be because its so inexpensive and would help get rid of that bottleneck. No need on getting a 955/965 because DDR3/AM3 aren't going to be something at all practical for the next few years of my life. Then for christmas i could grab a mugen 2 cooler and get my 940 up to respectable clock speeds. Also, my 1066 RAM wont run at full speed with my AM2 processor which is why an AM2+ 940 would help there as well as pretty much improving my system and making it more evened out.
Option 2: HAF-922 case. Don't need a 932 however. the 922 is $90 shipped on newegg brand new and has everything i need. the 932 is awesome but my area is a bit cramped. Also, i already have 2x 120mm fans i could put in it, the 932 requires more than that to really get the most out of it. I can either pop both fans into the ventilated side panel or one there and one at the bottom and be very cool.
I want a new case mostly because my Apevia X-plorer has hit the wall for me to do stuff with. My complaints of it include my second hard drive (if ambient temps are high) reaching temps up to 53C. My power supply is not modular and my case does not allow me to hide any cables behind the motherboard. as a result most of my cables are stuffed around the back of my 5.25in drive bays, smothering one of my hard drives, blocking airflow and looking ugly. The case only supports 2x 80mm front intake fans that hardly help out because of their size and the cable problem. the 922 would let me route cables behind the tray at least and has a lot more space. Dust doesn't bother me too much as i blow out the inside of my case with an air compressor every 2 weeks.
My video card in this case is right at the bottom of it with the fan just nearing the floor, not getting as good of an intake on its fan as it could.
If i buy the processor thats pretty much all my cash. I realize my 6000+ is a bottleneck but i run all games (except crysis during intense hardcore action) that i play just fine. The 922 however is $90 leaving me with $64 to spend on whatever or save until christmas comes around.
I am open to suggestions of other things but this is mostly where i think im going with this. Your advice and opinions are valued, thanks for reading.