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October 1, 2010 3:40:14 PM

Hey all

I have a older system that my motherboard just died. I am upgrading almost everything but my graphics card. I took the tomshardware $2000 build without case and graphics card and changed some things. Could you tell me what you think?

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card x 2

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

comes to 769.93

I would like to stay under $500 but i can buy the graphics card later. I play WOW and do a lot of graphic design and programing. So i want to get the best CPU and motherboard and I can upgrade the rest as I go. I have an NVIDIA 8800 Ultra. I have 6 gig of DDR2 800 i do not think it will work with the new motherboard though. If i have to go over I will but need a solid comp ASAP. Is that the best GC for the money?

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October 1, 2010 3:52:24 PM

Why would you want 8 GB of ram... 6 GB will do you just fine

You should upgrade to 5xxx series for DX11 support

A six-core? Do you really need that?
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October 1, 2010 3:56:50 PM

I would not buy an old nforce motherboard. It might not even have a bios update that would let it work with a Thuban CPU. Get a new 8xx chipset motherboard with USB3/SATA3. You wont be able to SLI with an AMD cpu anymore, but you can crossfire.

Another option is to get one of the few remaining AM2+/AM3 motherboards, get a Phenom IIx4 CPU and put 4GB of your DDR2 RAM in it. Its economical, but leaves you with an outdated motherboard. Still it should be a good system for a few years.

Keep your 8800 ultra. You will have to spend at least $130 to get a stronger graphics card right now. That 4670 is not upgrade. AMD is releasing their 6000 series CPUs soon; that will probably affect GPU pricing and choices.



reaper2794 said:
Why would you want 8 GB of ram... 6 GB will do you just fine

You only do 6GB on an x58 motherboard triple channel. ON a double channel you put either 4 or 8.
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October 1, 2010 4:02:11 PM

I want to upgrade to the best for the money now so I don't have to buy new parts every year my old machine lasted me 5 years. just upgrading RAM and GC. Thanks for the help on GC i will upgrade that.

This one you think

XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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October 1, 2010 4:23:58 PM


Ok I only have one 8800 ultra so that will still work fine

what do you think of this motherboard?

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

With that new mobo should I keep the 8 GB of RAM

Thanks for your help
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October 1, 2010 4:35:51 PM

Thats the old Nforce motherboard; I wouldnt touch it. Get a new 8xx chipset (870, 880, 890) so you get SATA3/USB3. The prices will be about the same so why go old. ASRock 870 Extreme3 would be a good choice.


A 5670 would be spending $100 to get DX11 but no speed increase, maybe a loss. Right now 5770s are $140 and 460 (768MB) are $170. Those are the weakest cards that would be a noticeable upgrade from your 8800. In a couple weeks the first 6000 series cards are released, I would wait until then before looking at graphics cards.

Most people dont need more than 4GB RAM.
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October 1, 2010 8:07:28 PM

dndhatcher said:
Thats the old Nforce motherboard; I wouldnt touch it. Get a new 8xx chipset (870, 880, 890) so you get SATA3/USB3. The prices will be about the same so why go old. ASRock 870 Extreme3 would be a good choice.


A 5670 would be spending $100 to get DX11 but no speed increase, maybe a loss. Right now 5770s are $140 and 460 (768MB) are $170. Those are the weakest cards that would be a noticeable upgrade from your 8800. In a couple weeks the first 6000 series cards are released, I would wait until then before looking at graphics cards.

Most people dont need more than 4GB RAM.



Thanks I will stick with my GC and go with the motherboard you suggested thanks for your help

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