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September 5, 2010 12:23:50 PM

Hello,

Will upgrading now give a major difference in performance or should I wait for the latest Nvidia cards which are(supposedly) coming out in 2011. i was thinking of a Core i7 930/Nvidia card.
My current specs are AMD Phenom 2 X4 955 3.2 GHz
ATI HD 5850 1GB
Kingston 4 GB DDR2 RAM
Samsung 1TB
Windows 7 professional

thanks

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September 5, 2010 12:33:40 PM

There is absolutely no reason to upgrade your CPU, as it's a top-of-the-line processor.
Just upgrade your system now.
I'd crossfire your 5850 if you've got a crossfire mobo.
It'll nearly double your fps on games.
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September 5, 2010 12:43:27 PM

you're already pretty much top end of the AMD world. the 955, if it is the Black Edition can be overclocked to 3.4 GHz (same as the 965) on the stock cooler, or higher with a good aftermarket cooler. the nly other 'slow' part of your system is yur DR2 Ram, a new Mobo and 4 GB of DDR3 ram might see some improvement, but only about 2% faster.

An i7 930 PC with a GTX480 would be only 5%-15% faster, IMHO not worth the money it would cost to build it.

I'd crossfire your current 5850, and consider overclocking the 955.
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September 5, 2010 1:09:23 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
you're already pretty much top end of the AMD world. the 955, if it is the Black Edition can be overclocked to 3.4 GHz (same as the 965) on the stock cooler, or higher with a good aftermarket cooler. the nly other 'slow' part of your system is yur DR2 Ram, a new Mobo and 4 GB of DDR3 ram might see some improvement, but only about 2% faster.

An i7 930 PC with a GTX480 would be only 5%-15% faster, IMHO not worth the money it would cost to build it.

I'd crossfire your current 5850, and consider overclocking the 955.



I've seen the AMD phenom 2 X6 1055T at £149 from overclockers. Would this be a top range AMD processor and would it work with my mobo Asrock K10N78(AM3 CPU ready)
a b B Homebuilt system
September 5, 2010 1:23:12 PM

it would work very well.

the extra two core would see an improvement over your 955 in audio or video encoding, photo manipulation, and the like. Game performance would be about the same, as most games still only use 2 cores max, turbo boost when 3 or fewer cores were in use would bring it up to 3.3 GHz on those three cores.

you will probably need a BIOS flash first though
September 5, 2010 3:56:25 PM

OK thanks for your advice
September 5, 2010 4:16:26 PM

No reason to upgrade that. Wait for 2011 at the least.
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