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July 14, 2010 7:17:13 AM

Current build:

Power Supply = OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

CPU = Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8500

GPU = SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Case = [...] 6811124121

Memory = [...] 6820146731

mother board = ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard

Now what I'm wondering about is if theres any upgrades that are worth purchasing at this time. I don't want to change the whole computer at this time, just the cpu or gpu or both. I'm looking for better gaming performance, FF XIV has insane graphics and I don't wanna be lagging all over the place.

As far as CPU's go I don't know which CPU's fix in my current mother board, so what I'm wondering is if there is any cpu's that would offer a big enough performance increase to justify upgrading (but it has to be compatiable with current mobo)

As far as video cards go, same question basically, is there any video card worth purchasing, but also I don't know alot about crossfire. Bare with me i'm not that savy, I believe crossfire is where you have 2 video cards in your computer, assuming thats the case, does 2 video cards actually increase your performance? I mean does the game actually use both video cards?

Anyhow all informed advice will be greatly appreciated, also if you have any good advice outside of just cpu/gpu please feel free to let me know, thanks =)

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July 14, 2010 7:31:04 AM

Scoop up a GTX460 1gb model... for $200bucks or so you'll be in GREAT SHAPe for the next few years!
July 14, 2010 11:02:08 AM

+1 to lowriderflow

just make sure you get the 1GB version NOT the 768MB

the 1GB version is faster

this model looks attractive with a free game JustCause 2
Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI for $229.99 Free Shipping*