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Upgrading On A E8400 Build

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January 21, 2010 8:09:40 PM

So My System Consists Of A ANTEC THREE HUNDRED Case, GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R Motherboard, POWERCOLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Video Card, PCPWR&COOLING|PPCS500 500W Psu, E8400 Cpu With XIGMATEK|HDT-S1283 Cpu Cooler, MUSHKIN 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 2G x 4 Ram, HD 640G|WD 7K 16M WD6400AAKS x 2 Hard Drives. Im Looking To Upgrade My Video Card, Unfortunately My Motherboard Does Not Support Crossfire, My Budget Is Up To 200 At The Moment Unless There Is Significant Reason To Go To 250, I Was Looking At A 4770 But Is This Worth The Time?

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January 21, 2010 10:07:27 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
What resolution does your monitor run at? That's the main thing to consider when buying a GPU. The under $200 range is owned by the 5770.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If you game a lot and have a high resolution monitor it would be worth saving up a few more pennies and getting a 5850.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


I run A Vx2260wm Mostly For My 360 Gaming But Also As My Monitor, 1920x1080
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January 22, 2010 1:57:53 PM

The 5770 would be adequate at that resolution, but not at max settings in some games. I would wait a little while and save up for a 5850 if it was me.
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January 22, 2010 2:01:17 PM

Agreed, 5850 would be a nice fit. Are you overclocking the E8400 at all?
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January 22, 2010 2:31:33 PM

Well If It Is Completely Worth It Then Id Consider Replacing The Motherboard For The Ability To Crossfire But If Not Then I Dont Mind Shelling Out A Bit More If The Graphic Card Is Far Superior To My Current Card. I Havent Overclocked The E8400, I Was Concerned Of It Effecting The Lifetime Of The Cpu, I Had Purchased And Installed The Cpu Cooler In The Event That It Was Needed, I Also Installed A 3rd Fan On The Door Just Above The Video Card
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January 22, 2010 2:39:35 PM

The 5850 will absolutely blow your 4830 out of the water. I would save up for the 5850 and overclock your E8400. E8400's overclock very well. You don't need to worry about shortening the CPU's life if you stay within safe voltage settings. There is a whole overclocking section of the forum that can help you with that. I've been running a E6420 at 3.2GHz (2.13GHz stock) for 3 years now and it's still rock solid. CPU's are built to last way longer than they'll be useful (about 10 years).
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January 22, 2010 3:02:36 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
The 5850 will absolutely blow your 4830 out of the water. I would save up for the 5850 and overclock your E8400. E8400's overclock very well. You don't need to worry about shortening the CPU's life if you stay within safe voltage settings. There is a whole overclocking section of the forum that can help you with that. I've been running a E6420 at 3.2GHz (2.13GHz stock) for 3 years now and it's still rock solid. CPU's are built to last way longer than they'll be useful (about 10 years).


Oh Man I Think You Just Sparked The Interest I Needed To Get This Build Really Going... With Income Tax Just Around The Corner I Was Actually Considering To Go Phenom 2 For A Second, But I Think Ill Try Uping The Card And A Little Overclocking First :-) I Really Appreciate It, Before I Forget Do You Have Any Recommendations On Manufacturer For The Card?
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January 22, 2010 3:08:18 PM

The manufacturer isn't really that important since most of the cards are just the reference design with a different sticker. :) 

If you're trying to save up for a 5850, I would get this one since it has a low price as well as free shipping.

POWERCOLOR AX5850 1GBD5-MDHG Radeon HD 5850 1GB $289.99
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January 22, 2010 3:13:26 PM

I have always had good experiences with Sapphire brand ATI cards, they are a solid partner.

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