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Which should I upgrade?

I been wondering what I should upgrade on my computer.
Specs:
Phenom II x4 920 @ 3.2ghz.
TA790GX, Biostar. DDR2 :\
ATI 5870
Stock Cooling on the CPU
700watt Powersupply
Vista :\

I posted this on the CPU thread cause I was thinking of either upgrading the CPU, or motherboard.

I just want to get MORE performance.
Don't post anything that won't give me anymore performance than I already have.
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  1. To be honest your system looks great if anything buy an aftermarket cooler and overclock the crap out of it you can get that 920 up to 3.8ghz easily. Your only other option is to go to an I5 or I7 rig But if you useing your system for gaming a decent overclock will gain you some decent performance.
  2. saaiello said:
    To be honest your system looks great if anything buy an aftermarket cooler and overclock the crap out of it you can get that 920 up to 3.8ghz easily. Your only other option is to go to an I5 or I7 rig But if you useing your system for gaming a decent overclock will gain you some decent performance.


    What do you prefer for a cooler for my CPU? I been looking at the H50 for sometime, and it looks like a nice water-cooling cooler for the money.

    Here it is if you want to have a look at it, tell me what you think.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010&cm_re=h50-_-35-181-010-_-Product
  3. its not better then lower priced air coolers the only closed loop sytem to cansider is the new coolit range but either get a coolermaster hyper 212+ cooler or one of the best noctua ud14
  4. Best answer
    in addition to the cooler if you want to upgrade you can upgrade the motherboard to this giving you acess to DDR3, USB3.0 and SATA III, as well as the fact this board supports the AMD hexcore that is coming out, increasing this boards upgrade path.
    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631&cm_re=890gx_motherboard-_-13-131-631-_-Product
  5. To be honest a quality air cooler is better then a cheap water cooler to get a good water cooling setup you are gonna have to drop a few hundred. Also water coolers are not the most reliable if you dont feel like replaceing burnt out parts when the system fails i would stay away from them.

    IMO you would be better off with one of these

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010110574&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=N82E16835103055,N82E16835608019,N82E16835608013,N82E16835118054
  6. and get windows 7
  7. ditto the above also ^
  8. requiemsallure said:
    in addition to the cooler if you want to upgrade you can upgrade the motherboard to this giving you acess to DDR3, USB3.0 and SATA III, as well as the fact this board supports the AMD hexcore that is coming out, increasing this boards upgrade path.
    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631&cm_re=890gx_motherboard-_-13-131-631-_-Product


    Well would this mobo fit in my CM storm, sniper case?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194&cm_re=CM_storm-_-11-119-194-_-Product
    Its what I have..
    I think I'll get this new mobo, I get a bunch of upgrades all in one with the UBB 3, SATA 3, DDR3, and a new motherboard.
    But I also have to consider buying new memory for this. Which do you prefer?
  9. It will fit without a problem
  10. Best answer selected by haxs101.
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    $109.99 free shipping
    Tech Spec
    Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    Speed DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
    Cas Latency 7
    Timing 7-7-7-21
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    ECC No
    Buffered/Registered Unbuffered
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276&cm_re=G.SKILL_Ripjaws_Series_4GB_DDR3_1333-_-20-231-276-_-Product
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