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January 13, 2010 11:23:12 PM

I have my current build in my signature, and I am wondering what i should upgrade next. I'm only looking to upgrade one part and my limit is near $150. Thanks for any suggestions.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2010 12:15:16 AM

I'd like to recommend getting a newer DDR3 motherboard, but that would require buying new RAM as well.

So I would recommend doing nothing right now. Save up a little more and get a new board and RAM. My favorite recommendation for AM3 boards is the Asus M4A79XTD EVO ($110 after rebate). Some good sticks of RAM are the G.Skill Ripjwas 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 ($110).

The other option would be getting an HD 5770 GPU. They cost about $150. It's a little more powerful, and a lot more future proof with better Crossfire results and DirectX 11.
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January 14, 2010 1:14:42 AM

well, i would be able to afford a new mobo, maybe not 110, but i just got this cpu thats am2+, im 99% sure they work in am3 though, right? and i love nvidia and will stick with my gpu. but i was looking at a mobo similar to that one, its just SO much work , rebuilding the whole comp basically. AND my cpu righ tnow, doesnt support ddr3...
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January 14, 2010 2:16:46 AM

since the 940 BE is an AM2+ processor, it will NOT work in an AM3 board

though i agree with MadAdmiral, save the money for AM3 (or LGA 1156), though if you go AM3 you would need new cpu/mem/mobo

also if you stick with AMD think about ditching the NV based boards, the AMD chipsets are usually quite a bit better, and since it looks like you only use one card you could still use NV for the GPU, just remember if you do that there would be no sli in the future
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2010 10:27:05 AM

If you bought an AM3 CPU, you wouldn't NEED a new mobo, as the AM3 CPUs work in the AM2+/AM2 socket. It's not a good idea because you're stuck with DDR2 RAM.

As for nVidia/AMD, there are some that support SLI, just not many. Either way, the next GPU upgrade would probably be to an ATI card, so it shouldn't matter.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2010 1:25:06 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Technically, you wouldn't NEED a new mobo, as the AM3 CPUs work in the AM2+/AM2 socket. It's not a good idea because you're stuck with DDR2 RAM.

As for nVidia/AMD, there are some that support SLI, just not many. Either way, the next GPU upgrade would probably be to an ATI card, so it shouldn't matter.

You've got it backwards. He has an AM2+ CPU. As mindless728 already pointed out, an AM2+ CPU will NOT work with an AM3 board. You're right that AM3 chips will work in some AM2+ boards after a BIOS update, but the opposite is NOT true.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2010 1:26:42 PM

I was commenting on need to buy a new CPU, mobo and RAM at the same time. If the OP bought a new CPU, he wouldn't need to buy a new board. Edited the post to make it more clear.
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January 14, 2010 4:05:34 PM

I just got this cpu less than a month ago as a gift. I realize that if i get one thing, i need to get the whole mobo/mem/cpu combo.. which i really dont want to do or need right now. and i do not ever plan on SLI, i see it as a waste of money. never will a game need two great gpus. So is there anyway that i can sort of upgrade my mobo and mem, but keep my cpu? i dont really need am3
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January 14, 2010 4:14:47 PM

well, if you don't need/want the AM3 i don't see the need to upgrade (even AM3 would have been a stretch)

i would just save the money then for a new build or in case something horrible goes wrong (ie PSU blows up and you need a new one)
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January 14, 2010 4:21:22 PM

haha, that but that wont be for a while, most parts in this thing are less than 5 months old.
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January 14, 2010 4:47:45 PM

hope so *knock on wood

though remember that not everything is performance related, you could get a new case (Antec 902, CM HAF 922), new keyboard/mouse (G110 keyboard, G9 mouse),if you want to watch blu-ray movies on the computer get a blu ray drive

just think about what you want, though saving isn't a bad thing either
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January 14, 2010 4:55:23 PM

i just got a new keyboard, i have a pretty nice mouse, was $150 at the time. and i would get a new case. but as you can see in my sig, i put alot of work into case mods on this thing.. 5 fans total now, custom airflow design lol
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2010 5:00:31 PM

I would just save your money.
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January 14, 2010 5:02:47 PM

Yea.. but a new case sounds good... any suggestions?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 14, 2010 5:09:03 PM

HAF 922
Antec 900
Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 (I really like how it looks...)
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January 14, 2010 5:11:00 PM

922 is nice, just midtower version of 932. and antec 900 is way overpriced, and cosmos 100 is silver, i need black lol. thanks i look at getting the 922.
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January 14, 2010 5:14:59 PM

Ooo that is nice looking. but there is no way in hell i would spend more than 100 on a case lol. i think ill just go with a new HD or two though... you were right about saving my money.
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