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Time for an upgrade! New GPU or new CPU?

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December 5, 2008 12:48:43 AM

I am going to upgrading my system this Christmas. I am thinking to either get another 8800gt and have sli, get a new power supply and a 4870X2, or sell my mobo and cpu and get the core i7. I am thinking to go the 4870x2 route, but the only problem is that I have a 590 Sli motherboard, so the sli feature would be going to waste. Or, I could get a GTX 280. Can you guys help me out on what I should get for my Christmas upgrade?

My Current Rig:
Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
Motherboard - Asus M2N32-SLi Deluxe Wireless Edition
Power Supply Unit - Corsair 520W CMPSU-520HX
Video Card - XFX 512Mb 8800GT Extreme Edition
Memory - 2Gb DDR2 800 Patriot PDC22G6400LLK
Operating System - Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit

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December 5, 2008 12:53:09 AM

cant see your sig, since they changed/updated the site most everyone lost their sig
December 5, 2008 1:03:56 AM

i would get a new cpu personally. That 5600+ would bottleneck any of the graphics setups your thinking of. However, i wouldnt go straight ahead to an i7. get a core 2 quad and upgrade the graphics setup as well with the money you save.
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December 5, 2008 1:15:08 AM

Either SLI your 8800GT or change that rig. (aka CPU, MB, RAM)
December 5, 2008 1:21:22 AM

You should wait for Phenom II and see if its any good. if not and have the $$ then get the i7 system and maybe check out the new revision of the 55nm GT200.

December 5, 2008 7:33:25 PM

0mg_1ts_m3 said:
i would get a new cpu personally. That 5600+ would bottleneck any of the graphics setups your thinking of. However, i wouldnt go straight ahead to an i7. get a core 2 quad and upgrade the graphics setup as well with the money you save.

I would do that, but the only problem is that if I wanted to do Core i7, I would have to upgrade again.
December 9, 2008 1:16:04 AM

I think I am going to get a GTX 260 Core 216 and get either 4Gb or 8Gb of RAM. I am either going to sell my 8800GT or use it as a PhysX card. Any good RAM recommendations?
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