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December 30, 2009 4:49:07 PM

hi right now im planning on upgrading parts to my current system to run crysis on very high and hopefully every other game for the next 2 years or so.

current system is:
Processor: Athlon 64 x2 dual core processor 6000+ 3.00 GHz
Mobo: Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H
Ram: Corsair XMS2 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory
GPU: All in Wonder 3650 512mb ddr2 PCI-E
PSU: 500 watt ATX power supply
monitor: e machine 19" wide-screen 1440x900
OS: windows 7 32 bit home premium

what i plan to get:
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s)
Mobo: Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H
Ram: Corsair XMS2 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory x2 (max out memory on board)
GPU:Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 4890 1GB PCI-E
PSU: 500 watt ATX power supply
Sound Card: Creative Labs 70SB104000000 Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card - PCIe
monitor: e machine 19" wide-screen 1440x900
OS: windows 7 32 bit home premium

in honest opinion would this be enough to finally play this game the way its ment to be played or is it gonna bring my system to its knees once more since at the moment with my current specs im able to play it on DX10 with almost all high setting by 800x600 windowed but my overall goal would to play this game full screen with it completely maxed out with 16xAA and 16XAF

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December 30, 2009 5:45:45 PM

As nice as the 4890 is (and I have one), Crysis can still crush it. Check out Tom's recent Part 2 article on building a balanced PC. There's a comparison chart showing the 4890 with various AMD cpu's and how playable Crysis was at certain resolutions with the various high settings.

At 1440x900, you'll be able to have all things at Very High, but I doubt all the AA and AF on. Crysis really isn't very optimized. You won't be able to totally max out Crysis, but you'll come close. It will look better than what you're playing at now.

Looking at your specs, you may want to upgrade that power supply to at least a 650 watt one. I think the 4890 prefers it to just 500 watts. I think I have 750watt in my system.
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December 30, 2009 6:01:05 PM

k, thanks for the info and i never thought about upgrading the PSU so thanks for the tip
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December 30, 2009 6:21:51 PM

I would not go with an AM2 motherboard and DDR2 memory.
Going over 4GB (2x2GB) will not increase your performance.

Unfortunately crysis is the most graphics card intensive game, which is why it is almost always used as a benchmark. You can barely play crysis maxxed out with no AA/AF at 1680x1050 with a $400 ATI 5870, the 4890 isnt even close. Check out these charts, maybe they can help you decide what you want to do.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5970,2474...
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December 30, 2009 6:59:26 PM

Thanks dndhatcher that chart actually helped a lot, unfortunately tho i am kinda limited into how much i can spend so i have to keep the bored i wish i didn't have to tho lol
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2009 7:25:45 PM

ATi 4890 -> 5770?

Having more then 4gb will improve your performance if your a power user

What 500w PSU do you have?
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December 30, 2009 8:56:28 PM

ultra LS lifetime series came with my barebone from tigerdirect
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2009 10:06:14 PM

Ultra is a good PSU brand. They invented (and still hold the patent, I beleive) modular power supplies.
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December 30, 2009 10:54:44 PM

i read some reviews on the 5770 and at the moment it doesn't seem like all that great of a product compared to the 4890 especially how theirs almost no dx11 games out at the moment it just doesn't seem worth it. On the other hand if i have $1200 for the 5970 then i would go with a dx11 card
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December 31, 2009 5:44:49 PM

I don't know what your budget is, but the 5870 would certainly be a good card to go with. I love my 4890, but it is End of Line now. You could compare benchmarks on the 5850, if the 5870 is too much.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2009 5:55:30 PM

You don't need the sound card, on-board sound is pretty good these days. I would put the money you were going to spend on that and put it towards your GPU. You could probably step up to a 5850 that way.

You could also save some money by going with a Phenom II X4 955 instead of the 965. Their both Black editions, so the 965 is a waste of money.
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December 31, 2009 6:17:48 PM

i might get a DX11 in the next 2 years or so when Crysis 2 is out or when DX11 games have a little more choice but right now i'm limited to $300 CAD so the 4890 is looking like a great option. When i first heard about the 5000 series i was gonna get a 5770 but for an extra $20 the 4890 seemed to have more bang for the buck. Sound on my Mobo is kinda choppy so the sounds card is a must and the 965 is only $179 on tigerdirect.ca which would be a massive upgrade to my Athlon 64 x2 3.00 GHz
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