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February 23, 2010 1:20:03 AM

I built this computer 2-3 years back. It was nice then. It is not now. I'm looking at different options for upgrading and cannot for the life of me find out what video cards are supported by my system.

This is what I have right now:

MB: MSI K9N Platinum motherboard (NVIDIA nForce 570 Chipset based) (It has PCIe (2.0 I think))
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ (looking at upping to 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz)

What are my options as far as video cards are concerned? Am I restricted to ATI or NVidia? How far up can I go with the new video cards? What bottle-necks should I be aware of?

At this point, I do not plan to do SLI (don't think this mobo supports crossfire).

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!

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February 23, 2010 6:34:41 AM

You wont be restricted to either ATI or Nvidia cards, just with going Crossfire as you have already mentioned.

Something like the HD 5770 should not be that bad of a matchup with your new CPU, though Im sure if you got a more powerfull card it would be bottlenecked.

What screen resolution do you play at? As well as your PSU to make sure you can run your new system.
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February 23, 2010 2:54:58 PM

paperfox said:
You wont be restricted to either ATI or Nvidia cards, just with going Crossfire as you have already mentioned.

Something like the HD 5770 should not be that bad of a matchup with your new CPU, though Im sure if you got a more powerfull card it would be bottlenecked.

What screen resolution do you play at? As well as your PSU to make sure you can run your new system.


Thanks for getting back to me. To confirm, I can go with any PCIe 2.0 card (ATI or Nvidia), but anything above HD 5770 will likely bottleneck given my components.

I usually play at basic 1280x1024, but would also like to be able to send video over to my 23" LCD widescreen TV.

PSU: Antec 450W

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February 23, 2010 4:01:06 PM

Ok, I've modified my plan somewhat (thanks to your information). I was going back and forth between building a new Core i7 system and upgrading my current system. I believe I have settled on some middle ground and would like to know what you think as far as feasibility is concerned. The plan is to utilize some of the components that work in both my core i7 build as well as my upgrade build now and then upgrade to the rest of the core i7 build in 2011.


Core i7 Build (Finish building by 2011; Bold items work in current Upgrade build):

CPU: Intel i7 920 (will overclock) $290
MB: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 $310
HDD: 2 x WD Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache $140
[Boot Drive] Intel SSD 40GB (Splurge Item! :D  ) $130
GPU: Radeon HD 4870 256-bit or HD 5770 128-bit $160ish
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred $160
PSU: Antec CP-850 $110

RAM: 6GB (3x2GB) G.Skill DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $165
Media: LG BD/DVD/CD combo $100
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 $30

Total: ~$1600

Upgrade Build (build now, then change out CPU, MB, RAM, Media, and Cooler in 2011):

CPU: [Upgrade] AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz $55
MB: [Have] MSI K9N SLI Platinum
HDD: [Core i7 Build Components] 2x WD 500GB; SSD 40GB $270
GPU: [Core i7 Build Component] HD 4870/5770 $160ish
Case: [Core i7 Build Component] Antec 1200 $160
PSU: [Core i7 Build Component] Antec CP-850 $110
RAM: [Upgrade] 4GB (2x2GB) Crucial DDR2 1066 (PC 8500) $100
Media: [Have] DVD/CD combo

Total Spent in 2010 $855
Total Spent in 2011 (upgrade CPU, MB, RAM, Media, Cooler to i7 Build) ~$870 (minus depreciation)


Does this look feasible to you? Any holes/precautions that I should be aware of? Any suggestions on the video card or just in general?

All comments welcome.

Thanks!
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a b U Graphics card
February 23, 2010 7:44:30 PM

Both of your plans look very sound, I would guess it comes down to if you have the $1600 to spend now, then go for the new i7 build if not then go for the upgrade.

Your PSU should hold out with either build without overclocking, so that i7 might not be to safe without getting a larger one. If considering to crossfire in the future then a 650w from corsair, seasonic, antec, pc power & cooling will handle all of your needs.

The only real problem I have with your setup is your 1280x1024 monitor. I would look to get a new 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 monitor along with your new system to take full advantage of a 5770.
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February 23, 2010 8:12:15 PM

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