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I need some advice on upgrading

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December 10, 2009 7:05:34 AM

Good Day,

I'm planning to upgrade my mobo and processor (or processor only) from a duo to a quad, mainly for the purpose of increased performance for both productivity apps and games. Here are my specs:

Intel C2D E8400 @ 3.0 GHZ

Gigabyte EP35-DS3R Mobo (I'm not sure what revision it is)

4 GB Kingston DDR2

160 GB Seagate SATA (I plan to add another one of this, if budget and PSU allows)

Powercolor HD4770 GDDR5 512 MB

HEC Raptor 500w PSU

Currently Running Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM

Games that I play : COD: World at War, Resident Evil 5, Granado Espada (Online), Planning to play Dragon Age and COD:Modern Warfare/2.

So my question is, is an upgrade to a quad necessary? if so, which mobo/processors would be good? and would I need to upgrade my PSU or any other component?

I'm looking at these processors:

Q6600
Q8200
Q8400
i5-750

basically because its all my budget will allow.

BTW, if i don't upgrade, I'll just buy a PSP.

Thank you very much for your suggestions.

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December 10, 2009 7:19:57 AM

^ For gaming, going to quad will have little effect...but in multitasking, you can notice a good improvement...And in games, a faster Dual core - E8400 would be better than slower Quad - Q8200

If you want to imrove game performance, more than a CPU, you have upgrade your GPU...
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December 10, 2009 7:28:36 AM

gkay09 said:
^ For gaming, going to quad will have little effect...but in multitasking, you can notice a good improvement...And in games, a faster Dual core - E8400 would be better than slower Quad - Q8200

If you want to imrove game performance, more than a CPU, you have upgrade your GPU...


Thank you for the advice.

I see... so i guess it would be better to stick to my current specs and save some money for a better GPU. To be honest, I'm quite satisfied with this machine's performance. Just wondered if it was possible to make it a bit better. ^_^
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December 10, 2009 7:46:16 AM

^ If you upgrade your graphics card, you can certainly notice a lot of difference in gaming...
And your config by no means is slow for gaming and general tasks...
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December 10, 2009 7:50:08 AM

gkay09 said:
^ If you upgrade your graphics card, you can certainly notice a lot of difference in gaming...
And your config by no means is slow for gaming and general tasks...


I see..

Well, thing is I just upgraded my gfx card from an 8600GT a few months ago, so I think I'll wait a bit before doing another gfx card upgrade. I'm looking at a 4870 or a 4850 x2 BTW.

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December 10, 2009 7:52:10 AM

^ NO...Wait till the DirectX 11 cards availability improves and their prices come down and get them...
@ what resolution do you game ?
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December 10, 2009 7:59:07 AM

gkay09 said:
^ NO...Wait till the DirectX 11 cards availability improves and their prices come down and get them...
@ what resolution do you game ?


Since my monitor is a standard 19 inch, my max resolution is only 1280 x 1024. Although I play RE5 on default resolution, 1280 x NNN i forgot the exact number but its a bit lower.
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December 10, 2009 8:04:08 AM

Certainly the HD 4770 can hold on at that resolution...So like I said, an upgrade to a DirectX 11 card would be better...
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December 10, 2009 8:09:17 AM

gkay09 said:
Certainly the HD 4770 can hold on at that resolution...So like I said, an upgrade to a DirectX 11 card would be better...


Yes it does, although i'm a bit dissapointed that it can't handle 4x AA in RE5 that well, its playable but, I just dont like choppy movement. So I play either with only 2x or no AA at all... I see.. well I guess I'll wait a bit more then... maybe i'm gonna end up with a PSP after all.. Thank you so much ^_^ (BTW, that Big Graphics card by ATI, the one that they say is the best GPU around, I wonder how much that thing costs? XD)
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December 10, 2009 8:14:53 AM

HD 5970 - $600 -> Would blow your screen off :p 
HD 5870 - ~$400 -> Would still blow your screen off :p 
HD 5850 - `$300 -> Still an overkill for your resolution but will last longer in terms of performance upgrade...
HD 5770 - ~$165 -> It would be very good for your screen resolution, but if you switch to higher resolution screen, it would again cause the same issue as the HD 4770 with your current resolution...
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December 10, 2009 8:57:30 AM

gkay09 said:
HD 5970 - $600 -> Would blow your screen off :p 
HD 5870 - ~$400 -> Would still blow your screen off :p 
HD 5850 - `$300 -> Still an overkill for your resolution but will last longer in terms of performance upgrade...
HD 5770 - ~$165 -> It would be very good for your screen resolution, but if you switch to higher resolution screen, it would again cause the same issue as the HD 4770 with your current resolution...


Haha! "Would still blow your screen off :p " I like that! :D 

Anyways, I guess the 5850 is a good choice and just right for my budget, i'm not sure if its already here in the Philippines though... maybe I'll place a reservation somewhere or something. Maybe it was a good decision for me not to buy a 21.5 inch monitor after all. I feared that my gfx card wouldn't be able to handle the games that I play on full HD resolution. :) 
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December 10, 2009 4:46:35 PM

In my opinion, it will all start with a monitor. if you bought a 24-inch 1900 x 1200 monitor, you could then buy a 5850 or 5870 and use that monitor to it's fullest potential...

If it were me, i'd start with a newer/bigger monitor. There are some nice deals for 22-inch - 26-inch monitors out there right now...
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