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November 30, 2010 12:10:26 AM

I am going to be upgrading my computer.

Currently I have

CPU: Phenom II x4 945
GPU: XFX Radeon 4890
M/B: ASUS M4A78T-E 790GX
PSU: Antec 750W
HDD: Samsung 1TB
RAM: Corsair XMS 4GB(2x2GB)


I am selling my M/B, CPU, and GPU.

I would like to replace them with

$174.99 ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX

$185.99 Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition

$319.99 SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5870 1GB

I do not know if that is a wise decision. I care mostly about gaming and I like to multitask. I am not sure if i should save myself $50 and drop to a 955BE or spend the extra money on the 970BE. I am also unsure about the M/B because it is kind of pricey. I picked the 970 and the M/B solely on product reviews.


Lastly, should I buy the card that I picked out? Are there any better options? Should I wait for the 69XX series? My reason behind picking this card was that I heard good things about it and I heard good things about the vapor-x feature. If I was going to buy this card i would more than likely upgrade to a crossfire of 2 5870's within 6 months.

**EDIT Would cross firing two 4890's be a better alternative?

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2010 12:13:35 AM

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Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition
955... you make the 955 a 970 if you change the multiplier from 16 to 17.5... =p

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ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX
it is a good mobo.... your choice on something cheaper....

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Lastly, should I buy the card that I picked out? Are there any better options? Should I wait for the 69XX series? My reason behind picking this card was that I heard good things about it and I heard good things about the vapor-x feature. If I was going to buy this card i would more than likely upgrade to a crossfire of 2 5870's within 6 months.
really is your choice... the 6000 series scale nicely... so you'll probably get more from Crossfire...

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2010 1:21:43 AM
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If you plan of CF in the future, a 6870 would be a good option. We have yet to see price/performance of 69XX series, so I would wait to see what happens there before recommending one or the other. I would definitely not cross fire 2 4890's. It's a 2-generation old card, does not have the best scaling, and is not DX11.

I would not bother to upgrade a 945 to a 955/970 as you won't see much benefit without a ridiculous cooling setup. Same thing with the motherboard, not a lot of changes between the 700 and 800 series motherboards. I don't think the difference between PCIe2.0 X8 and X16 will matter with 6870's.

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December 7, 2010 6:48:14 PM

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December 8, 2010 6:55:44 AM

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