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May 1, 2010 4:39:39 AM

Ok, here's the deal. Right now I have:

Asus A8N-SLI mobo
AMD 64 X2 dual 4400
EVGA 7900 GTX 512mb
3 gigs RAM (1 Corsair, 2 Kingston if it matters)
500W PSU
Running on XP currently, but I have Win7 ready to go

Needless to say, my setup is a few years old and I will be doing a full new build when funds become available. :whistle:  I'm looking at this for my new build. (I'm definitely open to suggestions on changes):

ASRock X58 Extreme mobo
Intel i7 920
Asus 5850 video
4 to 6 gigs RAM
750W psu
running on Win7

But for now, I need to up my video card at least so I can play some of the newer games. So... should I (or can I even run it on my current setup) go ahead and get the 5850, or should I get something cheaper like a GTX 260 that I won't care about pulling in a few months?

Thanks in advance! :hello: 

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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 5:26:42 AM

Save money by going with an ATI/AMD setup. The MOBO/CPU/RAM will be much much cheaper, and you'll have spare funds to spend on better graphics, possibly an HD5850x2 setup.
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May 1, 2010 5:44:33 AM

Thought about how semi-general my post was then ended up reading the How to ask GPU sticky, so here you go. lol.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now
BUDGET RANGE: Up to $350-ish
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming as stated, more specifically Crysis. BFBC2, etc
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: answered
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: answered..?
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

Shadow187: Any suggestions on a specific ATI/AMD setup?
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 6:48:47 AM

There are many possible ways of doing this. Getting the 5850 and using it now is one of them. Yes it will be horribly bottlenecked by your slow K8 based AMD, but it will work and carry over to the new system. It should allow you to use higher resolutions and more AA. Others will tell you to not bother and just wait. There is some sense in this as it will leave you wanting it so you might find ways to save up faster. In this case buying the PSU might make more sense. The 5850 might not run on your system now depending on what 500W PSU you have.

You wouldn't be wrong for buying the 5850 now. I'd probably buy the PSU. It really depends on how bad you want the new system, and how long it will take you to build it. If you know for sure you'll have the money in the next few months, then it really doesn't matter.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 7:01:53 AM

You can use the HD5850 as long as your power supply can handle it. If not you may want to get both the card and PSU early.
FYI you would want 6 gigs of ram with the i7 920 as it is triple channel.
For an AMD setup you'll probably want something like this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with a motherboard like one of these;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or you can go for one of the new 6 core chips if you use a lot of CPU intensive, multi-threaded application;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 2:22:23 PM

OR if you only plan on keeping it to a good quad-core, get this motherboard. The main difference between this one and Jay's is (I think)USB3.0, SATA6GB/s, and support for Phenom II x6 (might come with BIOS update?).
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 10:29:14 PM

Why not go for the latest chipset and USB3.0, SATAIII and DDR3? I guess it costs a bit more but it's still much cheaper than an i7 + mb.
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