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What should i upgrade next? (gaming rig )

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June 12, 2009 10:30:00 PM

mobo: asus m2n32-sli deluxe

Radeon hd 4850 (512mb) overclocked

4 gb corsair ddr2 800

2 x 150 gb 10,0000 rpm raptor hard drives

amd 64 x2 6400+ (stock at 3.2 ghz)
with stock cooler

machine is used for gaming, and doing a lot of buning

should i buy 4 more gb ram?
a custom cpu cooler?
a big 7200 rpm hard drive for storage?
a new motherboard ?

which should i buy next?

(or list a few things numbered by order of importance)

:D  :D  thanks in advance :o 

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June 12, 2009 10:35:35 PM

I'd say your next upgrade should be a new mobo and CPU. An AM3/DDR3 mobo and a Phenom II x3 720 would be a great option, but you'd also need DDR3 RAM. You could upgrade to a DDR2 AM2+/AM3 motherboard, but then you'd have to upgrade that next time anyways, and by then, you might not be able to sell your DDR2 RAM for very much.
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June 13, 2009 2:17:55 AM

I'm not sure I would recommend the AM3 route for you. the change to ddr3 won't give you that much. Plus you're talking new mobo new ram, added cost...

How about a nice quad core? Pretty sure you could drop a PII X4 940 in that mobo and get 3.4-3.5 ghz with the stock cooler. I believe that mobo can handle 140W processors. It will definately outperform that X2. I thnk its about 190US.

4gigs of ram is plenty, although if you go with the Phenom 2 I would recommend 1066Mhz memory to get the most out of it. $50

I do recommend you look at a storagedrive

Those will give you the most boosts w/o a new mobo. in that order.

On the other hand, if you get a crossfire board, two hd4850's in crossfire would be nice, but i didnt see a monitor listed.
June 13, 2009 3:05:49 AM

i am currently running a SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 943SWX monitor
18.5" screen


1360 X 768 pixels


do you think crossfiring 4850's would be worth it on this monitor ?


(and i really liked your answer)
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