So I snagged one of those Athlon II x2 240/Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H combos on black friday along with some other parts, and then decided I wanted to get back into gaming. So naturally, I'm looking for an upgrade
Here's what I got:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 240
RAM: Corsair Dominator 4 GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066MHz
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD EAH4670
Case: Antec 900
PS: Corsair TX650 650 Watt
HD: WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA Hard Drive
OS: Windows 7 Pro
Here's what I want:
A PC that can handle gaming (Fallout 3, Borderlands, RE5) as well as web surfing, music playing, and my schoolwork (Word, Matlab, Xilinx ise). I am also looking to get a decent 20" monitor.
Here's what I have:
Is this possible?
I am willing to do a little overclocking, and I do like AMD but won't hesitate to switch if the price is right
If I were you, I'd also upgrade the HDD. Caviar greens are horribly slow. A Samsung Spinpoint F3 (or a Seagate 7200.12 is the Samsung is out of stock) will noticeably increase your system's speed at a rather low cost.
Short of rendering or compiling, 4gb is sufficient for anything you want to do in Windows 7 64bit. God forbid he's running the 32 bit version in which case he's only going to see a maximum of 4gb - VRAM, in which case he'd already have too much.
I am runnning the 64-bit edition of windows 7 so I'm taking full advantage of the RAM.
I was playing around and it would only be a little over my budget to get the 5890 plus the items mentioned above. Would my power supply be able to handle it and would I actually see a performance increase?
^ Are you talking about the HD 5870 ?
As for your PSU concern, Corsair 650TX you would have no trouble powering that card(HD 5850/ 5870)...Actually you can run a HD 5970 with that PSU...
And with the above changes, certainly you will notice a lot of difference while playing games...