Anachronic wrote:I wish I had a 486 to give my son to play with.
Haha, that's the greatest gift a person can give! My uncle gave me his old 486 when I was a kid, and it was awesome. The thing even had a "Turbo" button on it. Every computer needs one of those
I'm pretty convinced that something is wrong with the mobo, because the reset problem is now persisting with just that one PSU connection...
This is actually a pretty good bet. Motherboard problems are often the wackiest and hardest to diagnose, and the bizarre, spastic, intermittent nature of your issue feels motherboard-ish to me.
Either way if it's the CPU or mobo I'm now looking at new parts, and thinking about AMD as the budget option. Do you have any thoughts on the AM3+ vs. FM2+ sockets? As I understand I'll get a little bit more speed for the money from AM3+, but with FM2+ you have the integrated video. I like the idea of having the video as a backup in case my old video card quits. Considering it's an older video card, I'm wondering if the FM2+ video would be worse or better than the Geforce 560? Having trouble finding that info online. Any idea?
You raise some interesting questions here, man. I was just about the most die-hard AMD guy you could find. It's what I was raised on. My early builds were in those heady days of Duron / Athlon overclocks, and I was a rabid fan of those architectures for their entire lifespans. But as years went by, Intel clearly got the edge in the enthusiast market. Then that edge widened into a significant gap at most price points. Then that significant gap turned into a gaping chasm pretty much the whole way across the board, with Intel even having an edge for cheaper builds.
As crazy as this may seem, I'd recommend Intel even for a budget build. My last AMD was an FX-8150, and the thing just ran so outrageously hot. Stock cooling wasn't usable, and I had to mount a gigantic aftermarket HSF on the thing just to keep it functional under load. Even though, heat was a constant concern, and it showed in the system's lifespan when it died on me last summer.
What price point are you aiming for here, man? You can come away with a very solid i5 CPU / mainboard combination for under $250, it will run cool and long, and rock. If you want to go extremely budget, you can come away with a solid i3 CPU / mainboard combination for under $150, although I would say the extra $100 to bump up to a legit quad core i5 / Skylake would be worth it.
As far as the difference made between different integrated graphics platforms, I really wouldn't worry too much about it. They'll all put you in pretty similar territory, from a functionality standpoint. If you're looking to play modern, 3D games at high settings, a solid GPU is required. Some modern games can be played on low settings using integrated graphics. Most importantly, even integrated graphics will suffice for Outer Colony's rendering pipeline.