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October 17, 2010 3:04:02 AM

I currently own a dell xps 650 which has a q9450 4gb ram and a radeon 4890. i really want to upgrade to a custom built amd phenom ii x4 6gb radeon 5870. is it worth upgrading now?

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October 17, 2010 3:09:26 AM

I don't really see any reason to upgrade, personally. I can't see that machine having troubles with any game on the market really. If you feel the need to upgrade, then it'd be up to you to decide whether or not it's worth it to you.
October 17, 2010 3:10:14 AM

Personally, with your rig, I would wait until mid next year to see how things are going.

Also, you don't have to upgrade everything at the same time.

I don't know why you'd want to buy a 5870 when a 6870 will be coming out in 1-2 months, will be faster and will be cheaper.

If you wait until x-mas, ATI should be all the new 6000 series out and will give time for drivers to stabilize.
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October 17, 2010 6:03:07 AM

I too vote in favour of 'no upgrade needed' on the listed items atleast for another 6 months to 1 year.. Which are your other system components.? May be you can upgrade to a better case and/or a better PSU etc..etc..etc..
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October 17, 2010 6:38:56 AM

Stupid Dell with their locked down bioses... Anyways, I think many nForced based motherboards can be software overclocked... if your lucky your Q9540 might get a good overclock out of it. The XPS 650 isn't showing up on the US Dell site..
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October 17, 2010 6:56:15 AM

I wouldn't bother upgrading the CPU. I really doubt you'd be able to notice any difference. Upgrading the GPU might make some sense. What resolution do you game at? Do you want to get into multi display gaming? Without knowing your monitor resolution its hard to say if you need a GPU upgrade. The 4970 is/was a great card so it should be handling everything ok.

BTW, rumor says the 6870 will be slower then the 5870. The 6870 is supposed to be just slightly faster then the 5850.