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Radeon X1950XT opinion and next upgrade

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February 25, 2010 12:35:19 PM

hi there

i am wondering how good my sapphire x1950xt is. video cards arent my strong point and i have a hard time referring to the charts that TH provides. where does this card fall on the scale of low to high range? my guess is mid. The thing has ran most games i have tried. But here's my other question....i want to upgrade my entire system to something pretty decent. I know that that doesnt tell you much, but exposing what i have right now may shine some light....

amd athlon 64 3800+ am2 2.4 ghz (edited for correct cpu)
A8V-XE motherboard w/ k8t890 chipset
2G ddr ram
radeon x1950 256mb
maxtor 250gb
basiq 500w

I'm trying to do this as cheap as possible and want to keep as much of the old system as possible to reduce cost. will i be able to keep the video card 'and' still upgrade to a decent system? note 'decent'. i dont need the newest and fastest necessarily.

thanks in advance for all your input.
February 25, 2010 1:08:25 PM

check ebay for a dual core 939 like the X2 3800+

if you can find one cheap you might want to stick in a 5670 to go with it. whole thing should give you a big jump in frame rates and eye candy.
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February 25, 2010 1:44:31 PM

In comparision to AMD's HD 4xxx series, a HD 4670 and higher is faster than your X1950XT. The HD 4670 will only be marginally faster.

5xxx series, simply look at the HD 5670 and above. The HD 5670 is roughly on average 30% - 40% faster than the HD 4670. In Fallout 3 the performance increase is nearly 80%.
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February 25, 2010 1:53:13 PM

Your board I must admit is ass wipe (really) but even the cpu is on the weak side for your existing card. So I would go ahead for something on the lines of the 5670 up to a 5770 to save on power consumption as well DX11. As one poster had suggested a new cpu will do wonders for you.
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February 27, 2010 1:08:55 AM

well my point kinda was that i wanted to maybe keep the video card and upgrade the mobo, cpu and ram to either ddr2 or ddr3.
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February 27, 2010 1:33:21 AM

volanis said:
well my point kinda was that i wanted to maybe keep the video card and upgrade the mobo, cpu and ram to either ddr2 or ddr3.


I have a older R580 card that being the x1900xt and it can do modern games ok but any decent AM2/3 build with a 3ghz dual core or better with 4gb ram will go far with any card you pair up with it.
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