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Upgrade path, Athlon II X4 620

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January 4, 2011 12:31:19 PM

I currently have an Athlon II X4 620, usage is web based and gaming at 1280x1024 (with Radeon HD5770), I am looking to move to gaming at 1900x1080, and would like to know would I be better off upgrading my CPU before moving to a Radeon HD 6950 or 570GFX, waiting for price drops following Sandy, or waiting for BD.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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January 4, 2011 12:58:40 PM

Depends on your budget and whether you need ddr3. It's very cheap right now. 2 (4) gb sticks of 1333 gskill were only $75 this morning in newegg's email promos. I would also list your favorite games and current fps rate (frames per second). I'm not a gamer, so hopefully you'll get more responses, but list the budget first.
January 4, 2011 4:33:57 PM

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what the rest of your current specs.?


AM2+ 790X Motherboard
4GB PC6400 DDR2 RAM

I know I will need to upgrade later in the year to a DDR3 MB, be it Sandy or BD, I want to update the GPU while there are some decent offers around, on the higher end lines, be it Nvidia or AMD (Ati).

I am not going to change my mainboard until later in the year when BD and Sandy have both been released, and was just wondering is it worth going to a 965/970BE, with maybe a HD 6870 / HD 5870, or just get the 570GFX / HD 6950, and upgrade the processor later in the year, I suppose I just need an idea if the X4 620 will kill the performance of the 570GFX at 1920 x 1080?
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January 4, 2011 5:37:40 PM

Just snag an HD6950 2GB, and bump that quad to 13x240MHz.

I suspect your frame rates will remain mostly consistent. Resist the urge to spend money on a CPU upgrade - just set the cash aside.

If it piles up high enough, buy a second HD6950 :lol: 

AM3rc2 should be rolling out soon enough, and you can start eye-balling DDR3 upgrades.
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