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December 13, 2010 12:04:01 AM

Hey all. My system is showing it's age, and I'm planning on an upgrade. It is primarily used for gaming and programming:

Current Specs:
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Mobo: GB 965P-DS3
RAM: 2x512 MB DDR2 Corsair 400 MHz
CPU: Intel Core 2 Due E6300
Video: ATI Radeon HD 5670

Considered upgrade:
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Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
Video: (keep it the same)

I need to keep the whole package to <= $400 max.

Just buying one stick of 4 GB RAM because I plan on upgrading to 16 GB later. I'd like to have Crossfire support as well, though not mandatory.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, let me know what you think.
December 13, 2010 1:06:50 PM

Not upgrading the GPU dont make any sense for gaming purpose.

CPU+MOBO: AMD Phenom II X4 955 B.E 3.2GHz + GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (54$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 (134$ - 105$ MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 402$ (373$ after MIR)

If crossfire is desired then following combo deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You dont need 16GB ram at least for next 2-3 years. Gaming still only requires 4GB while heavy video editing software's needs around 8GB.

Which PSU do u have rite now?
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December 13, 2010 6:30:04 PM

My current PSU is a 550W Rosewill AP-600X.

The reason I didn't want to upgrade the graphics card is mainly because the current one I just got about 6 months ago. While the benchmark differences between the 5670 and the 5770 are alluring, I think I'd rather just dump the extra money into a nicer mobo and upgrade the video card later.

Oh yea, my case type is E-ATX.
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December 13, 2010 7:30:23 PM

hmm then i suggest to get the Combo i listed for crossfire and the same Ram. Total will be about 368$. Later on u can add a decent mid level GPU and have the option to add yet another one to make it crossfire. Though for crossfire u will need a better PSU as well.
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December 13, 2010 7:34:31 PM

mianmars said:
hmm then i suggest to get the Combo i listed for crossfire and the same Ram. Total will be about 368$. Later on u can add a decent mid level GPU and have the option to add yet another one to make it crossfire. Though for crossfire u will need a better PSU as well.


Thanks for the heads up as well as the advice =)
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