Upgrade or NOT?

hi guys!

my current system:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 X2

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000 RPM



Windows Vista 64bit

I am planning to upgrade this to current parts. My question is:

1. Is i7 core worth the upgrade from Q9550? Switching to i7 will require buying new MB and RAM. So I will need to spend around $1000 on these.

2. I hate HD4870x2 soooo much! It runs too hot and noisy. Two possible options seems to be HD 5870 and HD 5850 with about $100 difference. is 5870 worth the $100 over 5850?

3. SSD. worth it? I would love to have my windows open up quick! OCZ and Intel seems popular. Any recommendations?

4. Should I upgrade my PSU? Or is 750W enough for new i7 system?

5. Should I keep the Vista or buy new Windows 7?

Thanks in advance for your kind answers :)
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  1. If you are gaming then no if looking to render/encode then ya moving to i7 makes sense As for SSD - personally i am gonna move to a DDR3/SATA3 platform later this year so am eyeing the SATA3 SSDs but to datte only Corsair has one and they pricey hehe Other wise look to hit a 64GB Kingston V+ series SSD?
  2. Maybe upgrade the OS.

    But really the only thing on there that would be worth it would be an SSD.

    See if there's something wrong with your graphics card, possibly RMA it, or just find a way to make it cooler so it doesn't have to fan as much.

    That stuff is still fast enough that there's really no point to CPU/GPU upgrades. You'd have to wait a year or two to make it worth it. Unless of course you hate the 4870 x2 so much that you'd ship it to me (I'd pay the shipping) and want to buy a card anyway. I'd go with the 5850.
  3. 1. Q9550 is good processor. It will not be a worthy upgrade if you game.

    2.You will see no improvement by getting a 5870 over a 4870x2 in terms of performance.
    Keep your current card for a while.


    3.SSD will be a goof upgrade for you.
    Some nice choices:

    Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB:

    Intel X25-M 80GB:

    4.Your PSU is very good quality unit and more than enough for your RIG and further upgrades. Stick to it :)

    5.This depends.
    Some people say they saw no improvement by upgrading 7 over vista.
    If Vista isn't doing the job for you then get windows 7.

    Hope I helped :)
  4. I wouldn't do anything with rig you have. If you hate the GPU you have, and money is burning a hole in your pocket, maybe get the 5870, maybe, but it won't be any faster really, just quieter. For gaming purposes, spending all that money on an i7 will net you very, very little in return. Not worth it at all. If you do a lot of video encoding, then yes, the i7 will make a difference, but I would have to be doing a lot of it to justify spending the cash even for the gains you get doing that.
  5. If you want a quieter GPU then you may want to consider putting an aftermarket cooler on your card. A Radeon 5870 will provide you with about an equal amount of performance, so that's alot to spend just to have your GPU a little quieter. Instead you may want to consider slapping this on your 4870x2


    As for your CPU, overclocking it will give you some more performance.
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