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January 2, 2011 11:17:52 PM

Hello there, :hello: 
I was wondering if I needed to upgrade my CPU to a new AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition @ 3.4Ghz. I currently have the AMD Athlon II x4 630 @ 2.8GHz. I don't know how to overclock or none of that fancy computer stuff as I am a novice. :D  I'm already going to get a new PSU ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) and a new GPU, so I thought what about my CPU? I'm going to need some advice on my GPU first...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are they all the same? Can someone point me to the right direction :D  I don't know anything about nVidia, but if theres a better nVidia than a Radeon feel free to tell me. :) 

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January 2, 2011 11:32:21 PM

Your buying a very nice PSU. I bite my lip as I say this, but maybe too nice for your needs. It depends on how much a budget you are on. If you could bump up your cpu just a little to about 3.0 GHz, you would be fine. I think you would be better served budgeting a little more in a better GPU and a little lees in a PSU.

What is your budget?..... And what do you use your computer for mostly? Lastly, what resolution is your monitor?

Anonymous
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January 2, 2011 11:47:30 PM

Hmmm... I guess $300. I play cs:s alot but I have a lot of other games that i can't play. (L4D2, GTA IV, NFS: HP, MoH) Some school work and I'm between casual and semi-hardcore gamer... maybe 1-3 hours a day? 1600x900 20" :( 
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January 3, 2011 12:30:39 AM

Spend some money on a good heatsink and overclock it a bit. Its not that hard to learn how :) . You can go with water cooling... If you want to OC alot.. However, I'm not sure if xigmateks dark knight covers and. If it does, get that and do a small OC.
January 3, 2011 12:31:55 AM

Whoops spell check changed amd to and.
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