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New system advice E7300 to i5 760 upgrade GPU too?

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December 1, 2010 9:27:53 PM

Ok I need some advise here, I am upgrading via some super cheap BlackFriday/Cyber Monday deals for my new system
Still waiting for everything to arrive..






System now
Case Truly awful Compaq Presario mATX case
Power 500W Dynex (I know it is awful but was only 30 bucks on sale last year and better than currently
Motherboard ASUS P5KPL-CM Socket 775
CPU Core 2 Duo E7300
Ram 2x 2gig DDR sticks
OS Windows Vista 32bit Ultimate
GPU HIS ATI 4850 (512mb) stock cooled
HDD with OS 1x 500g 7200 rpm SATA
HDD (storage) 1x 1.5 TB 7200 rpm SATA
Monitor Samsung 24in syncmaster 226BW max res (1680 x1450)



System Soon to be
Case Armor A90 Mid Tower (put the extra 120mm fan on front to aid cooling)
Motherboard MSI P55A - G55 - P55
Power Thermaltake 750W modular
CPU i5 - 760 (have Hyper 212+ 3rd party cooler to attach)
Ram 4x 2 gig sticks of G Skill F3 7-7-7-21
OS Windows 64 bit Home Edition
GPU HIS ATI 4850 (512mb) stock cooled atm but have the Accerlero with turbo coolers to attach
HDD with OS 1x 500g 7200 rpm SATA
HDD (storage) 1x 1.5 TB 7200 rpm SATA
Monitor Samsung 24in syncmaster 226BW max res (1680 x1450)

The only component left is the Grpahics Card, as I don’t want to upgrade my Monitor

Should I upgrade the graphics card? (thinking about GTX460 Hawk TALON 1GB $200 on special atm)
but since my monitor can only handle 1680 max setting is it worth it ?
or just overclock my existing HIS4850 when I attach the aftermarket coolers. The case has enough air flow I think to keep components at cool temps but would I see vast improvements GPU wise

any help would be appreciated.






December 1, 2010 9:54:01 PM

It all depends on what games you play, but for the most part, the 4850 can handle that resolution @ high settings (check the link below for proof).

If you do decide to get a GTX 460, that will ensure that you would be able to jack up all settings in basically every game at that resolution. If it were me, i would get the GTX 460 for two reasons.

1. If you decide to get a 1920 x 1080 monitor anytime at all, you'll be batter off

2. If you need more power, just SLI another GTX 460 and you'll be in VERY good shape :) 




http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...
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December 2, 2010 5:03:50 AM

you can upgrade your OS HDD into a SSD and increase some performance(load times..)
and overclock your 4850 as of now
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