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November 6, 2010 11:30:55 PM

These are my current specs:

Coolermaster HAF 922
Corsair 650W
ASUS Crosshair IV
AMD P2 1055T - Default Cooler
XFX 5770
4GB of 2000Mhz RAM
1TB Samsung drive
Wireless card (needed)
Some cheap ASUS disk drive

What would be a good upgrade?

I'd like to have to change as little as possible (ie. putting in rather than taking out), but anything is fine. I'd like to avoid taking out my PSU.

As for budget, I'd like to keep it under $250.

Thanks in advance.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2010 11:34:39 PM

Is something not performing as well as you would like? Whats making you feel the need to upgrade?

If everything is performing well enough that you are satisfied there is no reason to upgrade.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2010 11:45:58 PM

If there is anything at all that could be upgradeed in that, I'd sa maybe the video card to a 68xx
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November 6, 2010 11:51:44 PM

I'd say things are performing well, but I feel a bit behind with all the new stuff coming out.

Would I be able to take out my 5770 and put in a 68xx without changing the PSU?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2010 11:58:52 PM

There is a cheaper upgrade you have available to you, the Corsair 650W unit can support 2 5770s in crossfire, this will give you a decent performance boost for far less expense than a 68xx card.
November 7, 2010 12:02:05 AM

Does anything other than the graphics look good to upgrade?

I remember someone told me it's bad to mix 4GB of RAM with a 6 core CPU..never asked Toms about that.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2010 12:09:22 AM

The graphics is the only upgrade that will improve your gaming performance, other upgrades will improve general usage but are a bit harder to quantify than graphics upgrades.

Core count on a CPU has nothing to do with how it interacts with the RAM, the memory controller on the X6's is the same as the one on the X4s and even the Athlon II's so it will perform just fine with 4GB of ram, there isnt much need for more than 4GB for most people.
November 7, 2010 12:43:36 AM

Alright.

I personally did not build this computer -- I didn't have enough time at the time so I paid Fry's to do it.

How difficult would adding a 5770 be? Or how difficult would removing one 5770 and adding a 68xx?

Also, it doesn't look like I have enough room to put a 5770(or +). if I took a picture, could you guys tell?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2010 12:45:09 AM

Take a picture, we will be able to tell.

Adding or removing a video card is extremely simple, it involves one or two screws and a power cable from the PSU.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2010 2:08:19 AM

do you know what the model of your motherboard is?

It could add a second 5770 if it's a 790, 890, some 880s with 16x/8x pcie ports. some 870s have that as well,other 870s and 770s have 16x/4x PCIe ports which will work, but slower. a 785, most 880s and anything lower (760, 780L) will probly have only 1 PCIe port at all


Nevermind, you have the Asus Crosshair IV, which is an 890 board with 16x/16x. a 5770 will be a great upgrade to put you into crossfire.

You might also consider a kingwin XT-1264 replacment heat sink, and overlock your cpu wuth it.
November 7, 2010 2:25:51 AM

Note that I also have a wireless card in a slot I'm not sure of. I'll take a picture tomorrow morning (can't find my camera).

How difficult would it be to replace the heatsink?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2010 8:07:48 AM

the kingwin I suggested it alreadt set to use the same clip that your existing one uses, so, just replacing on the same clips really.
November 7, 2010 11:05:15 PM

Would it be possible to switch to NVIDIA cards or are they worthless?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2010 11:32:31 PM

You can, your board will allow you to run a single nVidia card, you wont be able to do SLI but any single card will work fine.
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