I'm upgrading from a 3800x2 @stock, asus a8n-e, 3gig pc3200.
I really want to get this right.
My priorities are:
1- price.. cheap but good
3- gaming (occasional, frame-rate is king, AA normally off)
I just bought a 8800gt 2nd hand, which I will probably swap with someone for a 4670 in a few weeks.
I had my eye on an e5200
g31 matx mobo*
4gig corsair pc2-6400.
*Gigabyte ga31 was the cheapest board I could find with anything better than the p945 chipset. There is no need for a matx since I have a mid-tower case, but I only need 1xIDE, 1xsata, 1xPCI-e, so I don't need anything more than matx boards provide.
I realise that with memory divider issues, I'd be limited to about 266 FSB, with a small oc resulting in 3.3ghz.
Is there any real-world reason not to be happy with that? Should I look to a more expensive motherboard, or more expensive pc2-8000 ram, in order to achieve higher FSB speeds?
If we're looking at 2-3 FPS difference (say by increasing the FSB to 333), I'm not worried about it. The extra power drain would negate such a small gain. If we're looking at 10 FPS more, say, then I'd seriously consider my options.
I'm really sitting on the fence here. I don't want to spend too much, because in all honesty my 3800x2 system is still serving me well. But I'm told the c2d is much, much faster, and of course the 45nm chips are more enviromentally friendly when leaving the computer on all day.
(And I've promised my old rig to my brother, already. Too late to back out now!)
Would be grateful for any advice.