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New System or Upgrade Q6600?

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May 9, 2009 11:59:19 PM

Ok so i ran into another dilemma about what i want to do. Basically i have this system right now:
C2D Quad Q6600
MSI P31 MOBO (crappy, worst mobo ever)
8800gt
550w BFG psu
Xfi extreme gamer sound card
2gb gskill ram

I can save myself a ton of money if i keep the q6600, upgrade my motherboard to an ASUS RAMPAGE, Buy a 4890(or equivilent) And throw in 2 more gigs of ram. My questions is will i see that much of an improvement in games if i build a new Phenom 2 955 system? Said an done im saving myself about $400 if i go this route. If getting a new cpu is only gunna gain me 10 frames then i dont think it is worth the extra $$$.

What do you think?

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Anonymous
May 10, 2009 12:26:20 AM

a new cpu won't gain you many fps, a new gpu will. and 2 more gigs of ram wouldn't hurt either. if you do get a new gpu, you might want to upgrade the psu as well.
May 10, 2009 12:43:30 AM

I think i might just do it this way, plus that p31 wasnt stable over 3.0ghz, so with a good mobo i should be able to oc it higher, in a way its like having a new cpu haha
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May 10, 2009 12:46:32 AM

Grab the new mobo, GPU, 2GB more RAM and an aftermarket CPU cooler (Xigmatek Dark Knight is a good one).

OC the Q6600, most are able to hit ~3.0GHz, if you have G0 stepping, you should be able to hit 3.6 with relative ease.
May 10, 2009 12:50:35 AM

I do gave G0 stepping, and i have an arctic freezer 7.
May 10, 2009 1:15:31 AM

How would the corsair 650w psu do for the 4890?
May 10, 2009 1:33:59 AM

mat7861 said:
How would the corsair 650w psu do for the 4890?


Yes it will work great! I would get the 4890 $229 or gtx 260 maxcore bfg $179, get 2gb of ram, and a p45 motherboard. ;) 
May 10, 2009 2:02:30 AM

is the p45 better than the x48?
May 10, 2009 2:07:56 AM

mat7861 said:
is the p45 better than the x48?


For crossfire no.
May 10, 2009 4:22:22 PM

mat7861 said:
How would the corsair 650w psu do for the 4890?


Your PSU should be fine for 4890.
May 10, 2009 6:14:19 PM

Tech-Boy said:
For crossfire no.

Wait, what? in all benches I've seen the x48 board can oc further and it has 32 lanes instead of 16.
May 10, 2009 6:23:47 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
Wait, what? in all benches I've seen the x48 board can oc further and it has 32 lanes instead of 16.



I meant that No, the x48 is better
May 10, 2009 8:35:57 PM

theAnimal said:
Your PSU should be fine for 4890.



So my 550w bfg should be fine? or should i by the corsair, i plan on overclocking.
May 11, 2009 4:35:44 PM

mat7861 said:
So my 550w bfg should be fine? or should i by the corsair, i plan on overclocking.


It's fine even with OCing.
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