Budget: 400
Preferred Store: Newegg
Use: gaming
Resolution: 1440X900
Parts: AMD/ATI

Just got 400 bucks to spend on upgrading my comp, and I was hoping for some suggestions.

Current build:
CPU: AMD Phenom 9750 OC'd @ 3.01 Ghz
GPU: ATI 4870 1Gb
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W
Mobo: ASRock 780gxe/128M
RAM: 4Gb Crucial 1066Mhz
HDD: 250Gb Western Digital= Main; SATA from roughly 3 years ago.
2.5 Tb Storage spread across 3 other drives
CASE: Antec 900
I was thinking of a CPU upgrade and get another 4870, and then later, when I accumulate some more funds in a few weeks, get a new mobo/ram, but I'm not entirely sure my PSU could handle it.

Any suggestions welcomed.
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  1. I would switch out the CPU for this one first of all
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 -$160-

    You could add another 4870, but you would need more PCI-e connectors than your PSU has (4), so you would either need to get a new one or try to get some adapters for it.
    Asus Radeon HD 4870 -$160-

    Here's another PSU if you'd rather not use adapters
    Antec TP-750 -$120-

    Finally, you would probably get much better performance out of a new HDD
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB -$55-
  2. I was considering the F3 as well, but as far as CPU goes, I wouldn't mind spending the extra thirty bucks for the 965. It's my understanding that its increased energy efficiency makes it a better overclocker.

    As for GPU, would it be worth it to get a second 4870, or go with something like a 5830? I'm more than a little suspicious when it comes to crossfire, as I've heard that some games actually perform worse, and it does eat up a lot more power.
  3. You can sell your 4870 and get a HD5850, the 5830 isn't worth it.
  4. ^+1...

    My suggestion would be put the $400 toward a ATI 5850, sell your 4870 than upgrade to the Phenom II X4 955 C3 Version (if your motherboard supports) & go with Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB to replace your current hard drive

    Don't worry about your MOBO & RAM, if you don't plan to Crossfire. There is not much of a performance increase in doing so to justify the cost... IMO (On a new build Yes)
  5. Hows this:

    Get new HDD next month and new GPU after that.
    Seems to me that the 4870 is still a more than solid card, especially at my resolution; while at the same time the 1055t and faster RAM/mobo ought to allow my comp to really fly.

    I realize that gaming isn't drastically improved by 6cores, but I know how to OC even a non BE chip, and I've read that the 1055 can get reliably to 3.7Ghz, which is damn fast. Unless I'm truly off the mark, a new GPU shouldn't be necessary until at least Christmas, or whenever Id decided to release RAGE.
  6. Oops, didn't read your resolution. At that resolution your system is still very solid CPU and GPU wise, get back after you get a full HD monitor.
  7. Meh, I've never really seen the point in gaming past 19-21 inches; it just seems like too much. It's basically just watching Tv uber close at that point, lol. Perhaps growing up with 17inch monitors has jaded my perception, but I just don't see the allure in spending 200plus dollars for a bigger monitor.
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    1st duke of marlborough said:

    Actually, I would go with the Cas7 version at the same price!! G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
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