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$700 upgrade budget... Need advice...

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November 27, 2009 12:59:13 AM

I have $700 upgrade budget per my wife. My current system is an E6600 on a GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 with 2GB WINTEC AMP DDR800 (was 4GB but 2 sticks have gone bad since I built it) and an 8800 GTS 640MB. I have an Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 550W powering the system. It works pretty well, but it's a build from Feb 2007 so it's definitely time to upgrade.

This is what I was considering purchasing, but it only leaves me $200 for an upgraded video card... I don't need a case or any hard drives unless sacrifices are made somewhere and I get a SSD...

$344.98 Combo
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$69.99 A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail

$89.99 Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail

The total on those pieces is $504.96 (all from Newegg). Leaving me around $200 for a video card... I was going to get the ATI 5770 as my monitors max resolution is 1680x1050 (22") and I won't be upgrading to anything larger for a while.

However, I don't know how that model is cost/performance wise and think maybe I should just get a 4890. But again, I'm worried about heat a bit, and have generally preferred NVIDIA cards...

I'd also consider an AMD x3 720 or even X3 435 build but not sure if that would be best given my budget...

I also may not even need that power supply since mine is working fine, but I was getting it for future possibility of SLI/Crossfire...
November 27, 2009 3:03:48 AM

Playing around on NewEgg, I just came up with this and it totals $710...

$230.98 Combo
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

$69.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail

$89.99 Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail

$159.99 SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

$159.99 SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Totals $710.94 and gives me Crossfire 5770's on a AMD 955 as opposed to either a single 5770 / 4890 on a i5 build...

I'm a big gamer and this PC will mostly be used for that... sometimes I might do some video encoding or compiling, but mostly just gaming...
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November 27, 2009 2:04:03 PM

??? :(  bump.
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November 27, 2009 2:46:37 PM

Do you need a case?
I think I would get one 5850 instead, because it's a single card(single gpu) that you can crossfire later and get a better performance, and the 5850 would already be enough for a 22"1680x1050 monitor. 2x 5770 would be close to the 5870, but later if you crossfire the 5850 you would have a lot more performance.
I think that this build looks good, but I would go with one 5850.
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November 27, 2009 3:00:10 PM

Problem is, 5850 is no where to be found... I'm afraid by the time NewEgg has it in stock the damn sweet combo deal they are offering on the AMD 955 and that mobo will be expired...

Sucks to be honest... I would much prefer the 5850 but don't really see that has an option...
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November 27, 2009 3:20:48 PM

Just saying I bought basically the same system that you have there 2 days ago, but I just bought like a $20 video card, so I could wait until the 5850 and bought the amd combo=D
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