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Upgrading hardware

Hi, I'm wanting to upgrade soon and just had a couple questions.
This is what I have:

Windows XP (32bit)
AMD x2 Dual Core 6000+ (3.0Ghz)
2x 1GB Ballistix Tracers DDR2 PC8500
2x 1GB KVR DDR2 PC6400
ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB
Seagate 500GB SATA
LG DVD Burner
OCZ 850w gamexstream
LG 20.1 Flatron Wide LCD

and this is what I want:

Windows 7 (64bit) OEM = 125
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890 GX AM3 Crossfire = 140
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 3.4Ghz 8MB Cache 125w 45nm = 190
OCZ Gold 12GB DDR3-1333 CL-9-9-9-20 1.65v Triple Channel = 200
XFX Radeon HD 6870 940Mhz 1Gb 4.6Ghz GDDR5 = 290

I can't afford it all at once and want to build it over the next month or two. I'm
just wondering which to get first. Would throwing that card in the system I have now
be a big deal? Then working on the rest, or should I focus on the Mobo/CPU/Memory and
just run the 4850 with it for now? Or do you have any better suggestions/advice for me?
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  1. Prices look high on win 7, CPU where are you buying from? Check out

    I'll assume this system is for gaming by your setup, so go for 4GB dual channel ram 2*2GB.
    I see no reason not to go for the card now, though it will eat up some of your 4GB RAM limit.
    You could drop to a 955 and OC it to 965 for $20 savings.
  2. Thanks for the reply.

    Those are NCIX prices.

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 = 155
    OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) = 88
    Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890 GX AM3 = 150
    Windows 7 (64bit) OEM = 100

    hmmm, well that's better pricing thank you.

    Do you think 4gigs of ram is enough for this? And one other question, do you think I should get
    the new card or windows 7 first? I only have maybe 300 at the moment, for a couple more weeks
    at least. Anyway I appreciate the input, thanks.
  3. didn't see that on the way in ;)

    Approximate Purchase Date: piece at a time (within 2 months)

    Budget Range: $800-1000

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Movies

    Parts Not Required: mouse/keyboard/monitor/HDD/tower/PSU

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

    Country of Origin: Canada

    Parts Preferences: AMD/XFX/OCZ/ASUS/Gigabyte

    Overclocking: possible, so yes

    SLI or Crossfire: possible, so yes

    Monitor Resolution: max 1680x1050
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    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO + AMD Phenom II X4 955
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    ASUS Black 24X DVD
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


    HD 6850
    or HD 6870
    (the cheaper Sapphire is out of stock now)

    Both are overkill for your monitor though so you might want to get a bigger full HD one.

    The motherboard and your PSU allow for crossfire if you want to add later a second video card.

    If you want to overclock:

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
    Arctic Silver
  5. Wow, thank you very much. Really appreciate this.

    I am hoping to get a new monitor after I get the mobo/cpu/mem upgraded it's just gonna take some time
    to get it all together :)

    Thanks again.
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