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