Upgrading? Good Idea? :D

Alright, so for Christmas my parents are going to buy me some new computer parts. My Current system is:

Dell XPS 410 (big case but disgusting BTX)
650Watt Corsair SLI Ready PSU
2.13Ghz Dual Core e6420
3ghz DDR2
320gig HD running @ 7200RPMs + external 1TB hardrive
XFX 9600GT 512MB DDR3
X-Fi Sound Blaster XtremeGamer
Dell P965 BTX motherboard

My Budget Is about
300-350 (from parents)

So i was thinking about upgrading with:

ATX Case (getting rid of BTX)

New Processor (AMD seems to have fast processors for the cheapness of them):

New Mobo (want the SLI + the ability to still use my cheap ddr2 667mhz ram :D):

I would than throw in about 90$ of my own and purchase another XFX 9600GT and SLI them:

(ugh my dumbass just rememberd that you cant sli on a amd board...so this build gets thrown out)

The End Result Would be:

650Watt Corsair SLI Ready PSU
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz
3ghz DDR2
320gig HD running @ 7200RPMs + external 1TB hardrive
(2) XFX 9600GT 512MB DDR3 SLI
X-Fi Sound Blaster XtremeGamer
Asus NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Mobo

Or for about the same price, I could upgrade with:

Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz

Saphire Radeon HD 4890 1GB

That system would be:

Dell XPS 410 (big case but disgusting BTX)
650Watt Corsair SLI Ready PSU
2.93GHz E7500
3ghz DDR2
320gig HD running @ 7200RPMs + external 1TB hardrive
Saphhire Radeon HD 4890 1GB
X-Fi Sound Blaster XtremeGamer
Dell P965 BTX

Is there something even better that i can get for about 300-350$?
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  1. Oh and would a Saphhire Radeon HD 4890 1GB even fit in a dell case?

    I know my dell case is pretty big but would it get to hot is my main concern :S
  2. Hmm looking at your plans this is my $0.02

    U have currently a slightly dated 'gaming class' card - the thought of buying another and forking out for an expensive motherboard and have no guarantee that you will even see performance gain if your games are not optimised for SLI/CF makes it an even more dodgy move hehe So how about a 'warp speed' move from the world of dual cores to quads with a DX11 GPU to boot?

    Edit : here is a juicy combo that even features crossfire if u just have to go multi GPU @@
  3. i love you
  4. You are welcomed ^^
  5. I don't know when/where you got that PSU, but it's a potential problem. About the time dell started doing BTX they changed the pinout of the standard PSU and left the actual plug the same. This means if you mix it with a standard you could fry both PSU and mobo.

    I am making the assumption that its one of these, but I think its worth saying.
  6. its been running for a year false :S, seems to be working just fine

    edit: just got off the phone with dell and they said it shouldnt cause a problem
  7. but anyway i think im going to purchase





    anybody have any last say before i get this later tonite?

    edit: i noticed the motherboard has 2 x16 slots...but they run at 8x? im dont quite understand this
    2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (CFX x8)
  8. i think im going to get a better graphics card and just go with the single x16 instead of 2 of em for crossfiring in the future (seing as how they mainly are 2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (CFX x8)....if they each run at half its pointless as hell.

    edit: lol nvm, after more googling. i realize that 2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (CFX x8) gets about 4fps less than 2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (CFX x16), which is nearly nothing lol
  9. Actually if one ran 8x + 8x on PCIex16 gen 1.0 then yes the performance hit is great - from the benches i've seen if on PCIex16 gen 2.0 there is little if any difference. But ya i support a single GPU solution in any case hehe
  10. DziM, if you value your money, I would recommend to stay away from nvidia chipset based mb.
    I'm guessing your staying with the same memory right?
  11. I wouldn't buy a Biostar motherboard. Here's a nice combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.299389 (Phenom II X3 720 + Asus M4A78-E) $203.99
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