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August 31, 2010 4:34:07 AM

My mobo only has room for 1 single slot gpu (wifi card beside) and the 9600ocx runs to hot for my liking (65c idle and constantly freezes while playing cs:s) . Is it worth doing a new build? or should I just upgrade mobo n gpu?

current pc is:

asus m3n78-vm
amd phenom II X2 550
9600 ocx
4gb ddr2

Build i have in mind:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X ATX
PowerColor AX5770 Xfire
Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
havent decided on CPU

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August 31, 2010 5:51:08 AM

You don't need a new build. Upgrade your GPU to something along the lines of a nVidia 460 or an ATI 5850. I recommend the 460(1GB)

Also if your wifi card is prohibiting you from adding any PCI items besides 1 GPU, and you have space for them, buy a USB 2.0 wifi adapter.

August 31, 2010 6:50:47 AM

the 460 n 5850 are double slot however I could look into getting a usb wifi as u mentioned. What do you think of the powercolor 5770? its single slot and canadacomputers has it for $144.
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August 31, 2010 7:04:21 AM

I havent personally owned a Powercooler card, but most card manufacturers pretty much do the same thing, most just add an aftermarket cooler and "might" OC it some.

It's all based off ATI Radeon's reference design and built by basically the same people.

What resolution do you play at and what games do you play?

Also I just assumed since you werec ontemplating an entire rebuild you had extra cash, obviously if you're looking at a 5770 money is an issue to a degree, so whats your budget?
August 31, 2010 9:25:59 AM

Powercolor cards get broken very easily! That is based on my personal experience.
Keep your fnger away from Powercolor. It is just cheap product with cheap quality.
Get HIS, Sapphire, XFX, MSI, ASUS, EVGA, or Gigabyte.

^+1 you need neither a new rig nor a new mobo (unless your current mobo is broken) , just upgrade your GPU to HD5770 or GTx460.

P.S USB WLAN is not expensive, just get one if the internal PCI WLAN gets in the way.
August 31, 2010 11:17:24 PM

I run my games at 1920 X 1080 (24" lcd), i picked up a 5770 today and will be puttin it in shortly, thanks for all the replys
September 10, 2010 12:31:21 AM

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