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February 3, 2010 6:19:49 AM

Ok so this is a pretty big upgrade I have in mind, I'm trying to get the most for my money... I already purchased the 4890 (got it for 180 on eBay, thought that was a good deal), just waiting on the tax return to do the rest. If you have any comments, please share them

From:

Intel Wolfdale E6300 @ 2.8Ghz
Asus P5KPL-CM
585W PSU / MicroATX case (bought them together on newegg for 65$, so kind of a cheap PSU)
4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 1066
Galaxy GeForce 9600GT 512MB (96GFF6HUUEXV)

To:

Intel Q9550 OR E8400 ... still deciding, Microcenter has the Q9550 on sale for 180+tax, I may jump on that
Sapphire Radeon 4890 Toxic edition (100269TXSR)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
Antec 300
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 P45

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February 3, 2010 6:46:54 AM

Don't go for LGA 775 CPU's.
They are almost dead.

Go for i5/i7 CPUs & Corresponding Gigabyte Motherboards.

I would go to i5-750 paired with GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156
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February 3, 2010 6:49:28 AM

I wanted to avoid upgrading to DDR3 RAM. I guess I could sell the DDR2 RAM and upgrade.
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February 3, 2010 6:51:41 AM

Buy Q9550 only if you don't want to upgrade the mobo.
Since you are also buying a mobo. I would suggest you to make some changes.

Either get a i5-750 from Microcenter with a compatible mobo or get a AMD Phenom II 955.
Cuz 775 is a dead socket.No more upgrades for it.

PSU and Case are good.
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February 3, 2010 6:51:48 AM

Actully I like the idea of getting that board, I could save the money of switching to new case
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February 3, 2010 6:55:59 AM

If you want your system to be upgraded in future, come out of LGA 775 socket.

If you can go with AMD means pretty good though. You can save some more money to get DDR3 ram.

You can also look at various options available for mobo in ASUS/Gigabyte.

I prefer Gigabyte, as I am owning a K7 Gigabyte Mobo+AMD athlon XP 2000+, still running smoothly after 7 years.

If you feel comfortable with AMD, go for it.

For what you use your system for??
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February 3, 2010 6:59:38 AM

strictly gaming, some school work.

yeah haven't done much research into AMD processors, just really looked into intel. but this site did give kudos to AMD at several price points, so I may have to look into it more.
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February 3, 2010 7:02:21 AM

Sure first go look into AMD in deep.

What's your budget for Mobo+CPU alone??

Depending upon that we can choose in AMD.

AMD Rocks ( I am not a fanboy) in VFM & Performance.
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February 3, 2010 7:03:06 AM

shubham1401 said:
Buy Q9550 only if you don't want to upgrade the mobo.
Since you are also buying a mobo. I would suggest you to make some changes.

Either get a i5-750 from Microcenter with a compatible mobo or get a AMD Phenom II 955.
Cuz 775 is a dead socket.No more upgrades for it.

PSU and Case are good.

one of the main reasons I'm upgrading the mobo is 'cause the Asus I have now doesn't support PCI express 2.0. I'm guessing my 9600GT really can't tell the difference, but the 4890 sure would.
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February 3, 2010 7:06:35 AM

saran008 said:
Sure first go look into AMD in deep.

What's your budget for Mobo+CPU alone??

Depending upon that we can choose in AMD.

AMD Rocks ( I am not a fanboy) in VFM & Performance.

for the cpu and mobo, around 275 USD. I wasn't expecting to upgrade the RAM, either
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February 3, 2010 7:09:09 AM

Even 4890 wouldn't!

But get a LGA 1156/1366 or AM3 mobo along with i7 920/i5 750/PII 955 processor resp.

Investing in these processors and chipset is a far better idea.
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February 3, 2010 7:10:05 AM

You still want to stick with DDR2 Ram??
Is AMD ok for you?? Anyway you are going to upgrade Mobo also changing CPU from intel to AMD won't restrict you.

Yes or NO for both question can give a lot of choices.
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February 3, 2010 7:13:49 AM

I'll upgrade the RAM. Hopefully I can sell the used DDR2 RAM on eBay and get my money back, lol, the prices really have gone up a lot.

No I have owned AMD in the past (K6-2) and it worked fine. It was a long while ago, but still I respect AMD.
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February 3, 2010 7:15:52 AM

But you live near a Microcenter!!

You can get a 750/920 for cheap!!
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February 3, 2010 12:19:42 PM

If your budget is a little limited, and the main power use for your PC is gaming, there is no reason to spend more with Intel, really. I mean the choice is yours, Intel will outpace AMD in some things, but not in everyday applications like office apps, and not in gaming.
Find an AMD Phenom II quad that runs at 3ghz or more, (I would suggest a quad, some people will say you don't need it, but believe me, you will be glad you have it later) a decent motherboard, and 4 gig of DDR3, and you are set to run any game out there in top notch form.
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