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Upgrade System, some input needed

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December 14, 2009 5:58:28 AM

I am interested in building a new, reasonably future proof system. I currently have a socket 754 amd build and as you all know I cant upgrade it any meaningful way...

So I created this shopping cart at newegg.

Sapphire 5770
2x1GB of G-skill memory
ECS Black Series A785GM-M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Athlon II Rana 425

I chose the 5770 as it will be future proof with its dx11 support

The memory I am not so sure on, I hear some issues regarding low voltage ddr3, will this be a problem with this setup?

The motherboard is currently a combo deal with the processor, but I probably wont be buying till after christmas... So that could change

Speaking of which, is there anything that you guys think will change in that timeframe that I should consider?

I am trying to spend around 400 dollars on this.

My next problem is my PSU, from what I've read it might not be good enough for the 5770.

Its a thermaltake 420W with 18amps on the 12v rail + its probably around 3 or 4 yrs old.

Thanks a lot for your input!
December 14, 2009 6:19:00 AM

right now I am 1280x1024, but I am hoping to upgrade to monitor that does 1920x1080, although gaming at that resolution isn't a must, it would be nice.

One big reason I am doing this upgrade is because of the whole thing where my 9800 pro is old and doesnt support the right shader model... I'd like to be able to play Dirt 2 and Modern Warfare 2. Just to name a couple games.
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December 14, 2009 6:45:51 AM

Ah ok so if we balance out with $400 as limiting factor - those CPU+ mobo i suggested comes to $147AR

Then this juicy GTS 250 $110

2gb ddr3 1333 CL7 Ballistix $51

OCZ Mod 600 80+/modular PSU $50 AR

$358 AR :p 

Given your current resolution this would be more than fine but if u insist on DX 11 the HD 5750 is $140
December 14, 2009 7:27:36 AM

haha, so that PSU is your way of saying my current one wont cut it? Thats what I figured anyways.

I kinda wanted to go with dx11 card so I have the latest technology.

The memory doesn't need to be ddr3 1600? Is that just the maximum the motherboard supports? Is there something wrong with the memory I picked?
December 14, 2009 9:59:26 AM

From my experiences with AM3 so far the most trouble free RAMs would be DDR3 1333 and ya HD 5750 for current resolution for entry level DX11 would serve u well but if u could eek out a wee bit more go for the 5770