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June 24, 2010 2:00:11 PM

I have a 5770 ati card and i want to rebuild my system...currently have amd x2 5000 (2.6) and 4 gigs of ram on a gigabyte motherboard. Need recommendations for motherboard and ram for a AM3 Rana 440 cpu?. Any help would be appreciated...thanks in advance.

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a b V Motherboard
June 24, 2010 2:12:29 PM

What PSU do you have? Do you want to Crossfire? What are you looking to spend? Do you already have the CPU?

I'm going to be assuming you don't have the CPU yet (combo deals).

Non-Crossfire:

CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $140 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110

Total: $250

Crossfire:

CPU: X3 440 $75
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $95 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110

Total: $280
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June 24, 2010 3:15:18 PM

I have an antec earthwatts 500W ps...and crossfiring would be a nice oprion.
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June 24, 2010 3:59:01 PM

also...would the ddr3 memory be a huge increase in performance over the ddr2.....or should i just replace the chip and stick with the old board? only reason to upgrade the board would be for the memory upgrade as well....
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June 24, 2010 4:10:44 PM

With a 500W PSU, you're not going to be able to Crossfire until you buy a bigger PSU.

DDR3 would be a little better, but I would go ahead and upgrade just to stay current.
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