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What to upgrade to my E8400 setup?

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April 15, 2010 4:04:26 AM

Well the CPU is excellent , since i saw several benchmakrs and it's better for gaming than a core i7. Its the pc of my dad.

Setup:
-E8400 cpu @ 3.00 GHZ with a Vigor monsoon 3 LT heatsink running at 30° idle and 42° on load.

-Intel Classic motherboard(can't overclock and i dont know how to overclock...looks like someone must have the same setup i have and tell me what to do on BIOS).

-videocard 260 gtx core 216 from BFG, its almost 2 years old and it runs on a 32" HDTV 1920x1080 resolution.(can max some games but others dont, for example on battleforge, fan with 75% speed gets up to 86°. Im seeking for ATI 5XXX series.

-4gb DDR2 ram....it says on cpu-z its 400mhz but i do believe its 800mhz.

-700 watts OCZ stealthxstream...noisy but flawless.

So any upgrade worth the $$$? If im changin my videocard for example i allready got a buyer for it.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
April 15, 2010 1:41:41 PM

The CPU is not better than the i7s at gaming. I don't care what you think you saw.

What's your budget for an upgrade?

If you've got a good deal of cash, (i.e. $800ish, possibly less depending on what case you have), I would start a completely new build. If you've got around $550, I'd do a new CPU, new board, DDR3 and an HD 5850. If you've got around $300, I'd do a new CPU, new board and DDR3. If you've got less than that, I'd do nothing.
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April 15, 2010 6:35:27 PM

Well i just sold another PC i had(similar to this one) so i have on my wallet around $600 plus i allready have monitor, mouse,keyboard,haf 932 case,windows 7 OS, and a cooler master 212 new in box. So i might spend uhmmm...a max of $1,000 for the extra components.

Regarding the e8400, on several benchmarks...an E8400 3.00 GHZ with a 260 gtx >>>> core i7 3.2 GHZ with 9800 gt. Even nvidia says core i5 is better than i7 if the purpose is gaming only. But it looks like you know alot so im gonna trust you.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
April 15, 2010 6:45:40 PM

That's because the i7 was using a crappier card. The GPU is much more important for gaming than the CPU. It's generally advisable that you focus on getting a massive GPU before the CPU when you're just gaming. So the $300ish you saved by getting the i5 over the i7 gets you more gaming power.

Ok, so you have $600 for a possible board, CPU, RAM, and GPU. I'm assuming you don't care if you are able to use a dual solution. Here's the best bet for a gaming build with that:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5850 $300

Total: $570
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 15, 2010 6:57:44 PM

Get a HD 5850 (or 5870) first, your rig is quite good for now except for the video card. The prices will drop and then you'll get your other stuff cheaper. You only need a quad for better performance in GTA, other games roll nice on your current CPU.

Your RAM works at 800 but since it's DDR2 it only shows 400.

You can change the noisy PSU fan too if it's out of warranty.
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April 15, 2010 7:11:45 PM

Looks vey nice and thanks, what about if i get $900 to spend?
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April 15, 2010 7:17:31 PM

mosox said:
Get a HD 5850 (or 5870) first, your rig is quite good for now except for the video card. The prices will drop and then you'll get your other stuff cheaper. You only need a quad for better performance in GTA, other games roll nice on your current CPU.

Your RAM works at 800 but since it's DDR2 it only shows 400.

You can change the noisy PSU fan too if it's out of warranty.


Looks like a good idea also, sell the PSU and get a 550 watts PSU, i think 700 watts PSU is too much for my current setup. So also i should sell the 260 gtx(im from mexico and i can sell it here for around $180 used plus i buy all from USA).
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