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Want to Upgrade Gaming PC Have $200 - 250 Need Suggestions

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February 12, 2010 5:54:27 PM

I have been having some trouble playing dark void, X-Men Origins
at high settings in 1680 x 1050

I need some advice on whether i Should upgrade now or wait till the new hd 5000 drop prices a bit

my mobo supports crossfire but im not really sure if i should go for ram, CPU upgrades, another hd 4890 or sell the hole thing and build an entire pc??

BUDGET RANGE: $200-250 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, programing), surfing the internet, video converting, watching movies

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 not too soon 1920x1080

actual parts:

CPU:
Overclocked DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6320, 3185 MHz (7 x 455)

Cooling: Ultra Chilltek CPU COOLER

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4890

PSU: Ultra X3 800w

Motherboard:
Asus P5Q3 Deluxe (2 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 3 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)

System Memory:
OCZ OCZ3X16002G 2x2 GB DDR3-1066 DDR3 SDRAM (7-7-7-16 @ 533 MHz) (6-6-6-14 @ 457 MHz) (5-5-5-12 @ 380 MHz)

Monitor:
Acer X223W [22" LCD] (LAP080244201)

Disk Drives:
ST31500341AS ATA Device (1500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
3x ST3160815AS ATA Device (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)


a c 84 B Homebuilt system
February 12, 2010 5:57:00 PM

I'd wait. The cheapest card that would be an upgrade is the HD 5850 at $290, so it's already out of budget.

You could also try overclocking the GPU (if you haven't already). That should speed the games up quite a bit.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 12, 2010 7:37:15 PM

Don't know if anything makes sense at that price range. You have enough RAM, and as long as the video card is 1GB, it's plenty to handle anything today. You could replace the CPU with a Q9550 or a Q9400, but I don't know if that's worth $200.

Although despite what people say about LGA775 CPUs being last-gen, I still think the high-end quad cores in a DDR3 motherboard will remain good gaming machines for the next 2-3 years. It really depends on how soon you want to build a new i-series machine, and how difficult it will be to scrape together the money for one.
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February 13, 2010 12:49:12 AM

i wont be able to build an entire system untill at least 2 years
i want to know what will be better for gaming buying a Q9550 (i would have to sell my cpu to gather the money and then buy one)

or

buying another HD4890 and going CrossFire
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2010 1:57:34 AM

I don't think you'd gain enough performance for spending the $200. I would start saving up for a bigger GPU.

I don't particularly believe that replacing the CPU is going to do a whole lot.
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February 13, 2010 3:57:21 AM

Might be because of CPU bottleneck... i wouldnt expect a 4890 to be bottlenecked that easily...
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February 13, 2010 6:12:10 PM

sounds like a CPU bottleneck with a dual core, a quad core (i3?) is probably a good bet to free that system up, the GPU should be good enough for what you're trying to do
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February 16, 2010 1:40:13 AM

Best answer selected by armandomtnz.
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February 23, 2012 1:28:00 AM

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