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Looking to upgrade my prebuilt

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October 4, 2010 12:05:03 AM

Posting from work. I cant remember all of my stats so ill edit when i get home.

I bought this prebuilt about 2 years ago. Not sure what mobo brand i have but my cpu is an AMD Athlon 64 x2 5800+. My PSU is a Corsair 450w. I have upgraded the Graphics card with an EVGA GeForce 9800gt. I have plenty of ram i think. I want to improve my gaming experience and upgrading the graphics card helped out alot! but i want to run SLI and i dont have another PCI-E slot. I would possibly also like a better CPU so a new mobo+CPU combo might be in order. What do you all suggest? Im not looking for top-of-the-line but not lookin for crap either. Sorry for the crap grammar, in a hurry typing this at work while i have a moment.

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October 4, 2010 12:26:09 AM

Well, for one your power supply wouldnt be able to power two 9800gt's i dont think. A new cpu and mobo would be in order, maybe an athlon x3 or x4.
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October 4, 2010 8:59:41 AM

Hmmm...
450W...
hmmm...
your current GPU is nVidias 9800gt...
Hmmm....
this is tough...
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Without upgrading the PSU :
Get an X3 or X4 and a HD5770

With PSU upgrade (recommendable):
1st option : Get an X3 or X4 and a second 9800GT.(but too bad you don't have another PCIex16 slot)
2nd option : Get an X3 or X4 and a single GTX460 or a HD5850 (or higher).

If you are willing to replace even the mobo...well...I think it will be nearly a complete new built...If you choose to go this route...it is better to wait untill buldozer, sandybridge and hd6000 are already on the market..
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October 4, 2010 3:47:33 PM

with an Athlon 64 X2, it could be one or 3 different chipsets: socket 754, socket 940, or socket am2. If its AM2, you could swap out the CPU for an Athlon II X3 (~$80) and upgrade the video card to a 5770 (~$140) for about $220, and this will see you though for 6 months to a year when bulldozer/sandy bridge/etc will be out and settled, enabling a new system
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October 6, 2010 11:11:05 AM

Hmmm....those guys are correct...
What is your mobo?
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