7 May 2009
For some reason, I can't stop looking at potential upgrade paths, or hardware to benchmark.
I've 3 processors I've identified as easy benchmarking points. However two are £60, one is £160. One I could use to replace my 5050e, however I'd need to sell my 5050e then to recoup some money.
The CM Storm Scout case is now only £90, but still not officially released yet.
I'm holding off on the CoolIt ALC until I get an i7.
An i7 starting cost is 220+175+45+75+30 = £545 for all the important components.
I can't upgrade my HAL mobo to a Foxconn BlackOps, which costs £155, because I'd have to buy some Dual kit DDR3 RAM, another £80. Don't know what I'd do with the MSI mobo or DDR2-1066 RAM.
I could upgrade the mobo in Dutchie to a K9A2 for £110 which would give me quad PCI-e slots for crunching, and a 4850 is only £90 delivered now. However the BOINC work situation at MilkyWay is still flaky. I could sell or keep the ALiveXFire-eSata2 though.
24" monitor is around £200, with 20,000:1 contrast ratio and HDMI connectivity.
A 1.5TB HDD now is only £100. However the 64GB Samsung SSD is £150.
I'm thinking of giving myself a budget of £200-£250 for the rest of the quarter.
What would you get?