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November 13, 2010 2:11:22 AM

Hi Guys!

A couple of months ago I got some great advice on selecting the right graphic card for my system and now I need some help in upgrading the rest. Last time I landed a ATI 5850 and it runs great. This time I am looking to get a new CPU, motherboard, and RAM. My budget is roughly 600$.


My current system is listed in the old thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/292258-33-graphic-car...


Any help on the matter is greatly appreciated as I have not kept myself update with the hardware evolution for a while. I think I got room for most motherboards, but a concern of mine is weather my PSU will suffice for a 2/4 kernel CPU's with the 5850 ATI graphics. Please advice

Thank you!






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November 13, 2010 3:19:50 AM

Hi plasmadk and welcome to Tom's forum.

What do you prefer? Intel or AMD.

Intel option:

1- Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
2- CPU: Intel i5-760
3- RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 4GB (2x2GB)

Total: $479.97 before shipping and rebates, even you can go with two RAM kits for 8GB for $574.96 before shipping and rebates.

AMD option:

1- Mobo: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 or ASUS Crosshair IV
2- CPU: Phenom II X6 1090T BE
3- RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 4GB (2x2GB)

Total with Gigabyte mobo: $503.98 with 4GB and $598.97 with 8GB
Total with ASUS mobo: $543.98 with 4GB and $638.97 with 8GB

4GB is enough for games and applications, I'd go with another PSU. Select the best option for you :) 
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November 13, 2010 4:23:39 AM

Hi Saint!

Thank you so much for your answer. I really appreciate all the work you put into answering me; getting me all the prices as well as linking everything!

I don't have a preference between Intel or AMD. Based on my prior experience Intel is usually gives you more stability and AMD gives you more bang for the buck - is this still true? Which would you pick?

Again, thank you for helping me out!
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November 13, 2010 5:14:55 AM

Yeah, it's still true. Intel is better for CPU but AMD gives you the best for the buck.

Which'd I pick? The i5-760 is an excellent CPU and overclock very well, but AMD gives you the best option to upgrade components without change all the rig. I'd go with the AMD rig for that reason, if you want change the Intel rig in the future u will need change the mobo too, but with AMD you only can change the CPU update the BIOS and is ready to work again.
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November 13, 2010 5:37:46 AM

Ok thanks a lot!
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November 13, 2010 5:38:03 AM

Best answer selected by plasmadk.
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November 13, 2010 5:40:37 AM

Your welcome, enjoy your new rig ;) 
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