Recently I have been spending my spare cash on some pretty neat upgrades, namely a 6870 and Vertex 4.
I was happy with my CPU and MB but the ram is slow and the board wont support more than 4 gigs.
I have a Q6600 quad core and a DDR2 MB, so upgrading these things individually is pretty pointless, because they are so old (almost 5 years) its just better to do it all at once.
BUT I was happy with performance so decided to just save up.
.... THEN on friday I boot up and I get 3 beeps... and nothing.
Pull the entire rig apart testing ram, drives, PS, GPU... stays the same. Dead, 3 beeps mean memory but I have a feeling is the memory controller not the RAM. I had an error earlier that amount of memory had changed, but then when I logged on to windows the amount of RAM was the same. Now it wont boot.
FLip... so pretty much now I am forced to upgrade. The thing is I don't want to spread my self too thin but I also don't want to get something that can't be improved later. I know it sounds impossible but I want to spend about 2k and still have something I can play games on.
I suppose I could go and pick up one stick of DDR2 just to test, but what are the chances that all my RAM failed at the same time ?
I could get a replacement MB for my CPU, but they are scarce and what if the CPU is actually the problem ?
Its still a decent CPU but its very old
I suppose that the logical thing is to get it tested by some one with the correct gear and then have them tell me what to do... but i'm tempted to just get a decent board with a dual core i3 that I can upgrade later.
Would that even be worth it ? Can you play games on an i3 ?