What ONE part to get? WTB Best bang for my $!

P5WD2-E Premium Mobo -
Intel Pent D 930 3.0ghz - OC'ed to 3.93
XMS2 800mhz RAM 2GB -
ATI Radeon HD 3800 512 MB GPU -
Maxor 7200 rpm HD -

Game in question is AION... though general gaming works.

Lots of Mark/Score apps but heres a fast one:


My Score is 8200 (http://service.futuremark.com/resultAnalyzer.action?resultId=1986149&resultType=22)

Looking for what would be the best upgrade for my buck!
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  1. Looking to spend under $200.. prefer around $100 lol
    So here is what I'm thinking (correct me if wrong):

    Ram: $90
    CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184)
    Same Voltage/Timing/Mhz/Brand etc
  2. Assuming no Crossfire:

    GPU: $165 / PMScore: 1543
    Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    GPU: $85 / PMScore: 1,110
    Radeon HD 4670 1GB

    Would GPU Crossfire help? Kinda confused what Would work with my old HD 3800..

    "Unlike older series of Radeon cards, different HD 3800 series cards can be combined in CrossFire, each with separate clock control."

    "A later development to the CrossFire infrastructure include a dual GPU solution with on-board PCI-E bridge that was released in early 2008, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 and later in Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics cards"

    Would that mean i HAVE to get a 3800 or 3850 as second card?
  3. CPU: $167 / PMScore: 2217 - Old: 804(base clock)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache
    CPU: $169/ PMScore: 3671 - Old: 804(base clock)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2
  4. 50 views, anyone's thoughts or opinions or know-how?
  5. /bump 80 views
  6. You should of kept it into ONE post, spamming ur own thread wont get u any help.
  7. The 5770 would be a nice improvement. The truth is though, you will not get to experience the full benefits of the card untill you upgrade your cpu. However if you want to buy just one part now, a new video card will help. If you want to spend less you could go for the 4770.
  8. @lindley010: Wasnt Spamming.. event 2 bumps lol. Was adding info as i did a few goggle searches. Thanks for the Help?!

    @guggas: You think maby going a bit lower end with both cpu/gpu javascript:%20validform(this);will be the best bet?
  9. Shadow, don't bloat threads, you can edit them. I realize you're adding info as you go along, but it gets annoying :)

    Anyway, in my opinion, would be to grab a 5770, assuming you have the PSU to handle it. Your rig is becoming outdated, and a 5770 is definitely a transferable item. You buy it now, build a new machine when you can afford it, and the GPU can go to the new one. Since you have onboard, you'll be able to get some money out of the rest as it's a working system, good for general use to someone.
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