View Full Version : Hardware upgrades advice?

10-31-2011, 09:12 AM
Hello gentlemen,

This weekend, whist escorting a couple flights of B-25s in my p-40 deep into Japanese territory, my computer locked up and eventually bluescreened. At the moment, it looks like the power supply needs replacing, though I may need to replace the CPU and motherboard as well as the Bios reported high voltage and very high temperatures.

I'm planning on salvaging all of the components from my existing system that still have a year or two of life left in them (GeForce GTX 8800, 4GB DDR2 RAM) and I don't plan on upgrading from Windows XP yet.

(Edit - may upgrade the RAM while I'm at it. Looks like DDR2 is outdated and 4 GB of DDR3 is quite inexpensive.)

Could you recommend a good motherboard and processor combo if the new 700 Watt PSU isn't the only component I need to replace to get back into the air? I'm planning on sticking with Intel, but don't think that I can afford an i7 processor, maybe an i5, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by all of the board and processor options.

As always, thank you for your time, and with luck I will bring those bombers home safe next week!


10-31-2011, 02:46 PM
What CPU do you have now ?

I was going to say you may have overheated. How about some cooling mods to your case or get a new case and configure it for efficient cooling.

You may have had a setting in BIOS someplace or Rivatuner where your computer shuts down when either your CPU or GPU gets to a certain temp.

If you cant afford the I7 then get the I5.

I'm doing fine with the same setup as you with the AMD 5600 X2 processor.

10-31-2011, 03:09 PM
Could you recommend a good motherboard and processor combo

Recommend Intel Sandy Bridge 2500K on a Z68 mobo.

From $100 To $160: Five Z68-Based Boards, Compared
http://www.tomshardware.com/re...ud3-dz68db,2980.html (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68xp-ud3-dz68db,2980.html)

Z68 Express Roundup: Three Motherboards Do Battle Around $200
http://www.tomshardware.com/re...8x-ud3h-b3,2939.html (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-z68-extreme4-asus-p8z68-v-pro-gigabyte-z68x-ud3h-b3,2939.html)

Find the mobo with the options which best suit your needs.

Eight 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) Memory Kits For P67 Express, Rounded Up
http://www.tomshardware.com/re...ton-hyperX,2907.html (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-vengeance-crucial-ballistix-kingston-hyperX,2907.html)

10-31-2011, 03:31 PM
Hi Chris,

The current CPU is an Intel Core2Duo E6850. The computer is well ventilated, but a new CPU cooling fan may be in order if I replace it.

Steve, thanks for those links. Looks like I've got lots to learn up on!


10-31-2011, 04:51 PM
For a graphics card, if you're just playing Il-2 I think an Nvidia 260 would be about as powerful a card as you'd need. I used to have a 260 and it was a big improvement over my old 8600GT, but when I upgraded from the 260 to a 470 I saw zero improvement, I think a 260 is about as good as it gets. It's a fair bit more powerful than an 8800. They don't make them anymore though, might be able to get a used one, or you could get a 460 or ATI equivalent. I actually still have my old 260 but I'm not really sure if I want to sell it or what.

10-31-2011, 10:34 PM
What Steve said.

and to add to that, the memory is not worth saving because you can get 8 gigs of DDR3 for around $40.

So if you have to get a new motherboard and cpu, get a P68 or Z68 board preferably with the 2500k and your new 8 gigs of DDR3.

Forgot you are on WinXP. If you decide to hold off on getting Win7 you might as well get only 4 gigs for even cheaper until you go 64 bit.

11-15-2011, 11:13 AM
Thank you Gentlemen,

I have happily upgraded to an MSI Z68 motherboard and an i5 2500K processor and am pleased with the results.

I am now considering a graphics card upgrade but am still undecided. I'm considering the GTX 570.

I've been getting flaky behavior from my four year old 8800 GTX and may need to upgrade sooner rather than later. A new GTX 570 is probably about as much as I can budget right now and I wonder what your opinions are.

I'm still running Windows XP and assume that the GTX 570 will work in an XP environment. I am looking forward to upgrading to Windows 8 when it becomes available next year and buying IL2 Cliffs of Dover for use with the new card at that time.

11-19-2011, 08:13 AM
Something to think about

http://www.crn.com/news/compon...pj02?wc=4&cid=sem_su (http://www.crn.com/news/components-peripherals/231902894/review-latest-intel-core-i7-gives-new-meaning-to-extreme.htm;jsessionid=yOxi85CSdaoh9llEYs1eTA**.ec appj02?wc=4&cid=sem_su)