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November 12, 2010 12:54:12 PM

This is my current spec:

MSI 790FX-GD70
Corsair 850w PSU
AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE
Sapphire HD 4890
Corsair H60 Liquid Cooling
G.Skill 2x2Gb RAM
Antec 1500
2x 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint RAID 0

I am itching to upgrade something in my system (been a while since I bought something for my system), so I am wondering, which of the below would be the best upgrade, if any:

Upgrade processor to AMD Phenom II x6 1090T BE
Upgrade video card to Sapphire HD6850 / GTX 460 (budget $200 - $250)
Purchase another Sapphire HD 4890 (ebay - $150) and run in CrossFire
(the 4890 is now discontinued so ebay is my only option)

I primarily play games like CoD:BO, MoH, Metro 2033 etc.

If the community feels neither of those upgrades are worth the money, I'll convince myself to not waste the money.

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November 12, 2010 1:43:38 PM

Your system not only looks pretty good, it's also seems pretty recent.

Games are not even optimized for quads as of now. In fact a lot of poorly coded ones actually slow down with the extra cores. So for gaming alone - save the money.

The only thing that's worth upgrading is the GPU IMO, and that too, if you really need DX11. Else, stick with what you've got. Save the money. You'll see negligible (if any) performance increase from the proposed upgrade.

The xfire route seems reasonable enough, but only at high resolutions. Metro is demanding enough to warrant that, I suppose. But at anything less that 1920x1080, saving the money for a whole new system next year (Sandy/BD) with the GTX500/HD 6900 seems like the route to go. To one his own, I suppose, but that's what I would do.

But if you're really not looking at DX11 in the near future, you might still think of a 4890 xfire if you're on 1080p.
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November 12, 2010 1:50:11 PM

@calguyhunk: thanks for the reply. I'm not particularly interested in Dx 11 as there are barely any games out there for it. I do game at 1920x1200. As of now, my single 4890 runs all my games at a constant 55-60FPS (VSync On). I guess I'll install and try Metro at full setting at 1920x1200. If I don't get acceptable frame rates, I'll get another 4890 and crossfire.
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November 12, 2010 1:54:19 PM

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November 12, 2010 1:57:29 PM

That sounds reasonable enough. In any case, anything above 40-50 fps doesn't really increase the gaming experience drastically and as such, doesn't justify a $200 upgrade, unless one is feeling really flush :)  . Looks good in benchmarking tests, but doesn't do much in the real world, I don't think.
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