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What to upgrade first? 1.5 year old build.

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January 9, 2011 7:03:07 AM

Hey guys, currently I'm running:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 1366pin-series
Motherboard: G-B EX58-UD4P
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 4890HD
Memory: OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Platinum 3x2GB
PSU: Corsair TX-750 750W Power Supply
CPU Heatsink: CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case
Optical Drive: SATA SONY

I'm looking to upgrade within the next few months to get some more FPS from my gaming. I'm fine with things like COD Black Ops etc on highest settings at 1920 x 1080, but with Crysis 2 and some other games I'm eyeing coming out soon, I think I may need a performance boost.

What would you guys upgrade first to gain the highest performance increase? Thanks for any assistance!

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January 9, 2011 7:14:45 AM

matthewh133 said:
Hey guys, currently I'm running:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 1366pin-series
Motherboard: G-B EX58-UD4P
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 4890HD
Memory: OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Platinum 3x2GB
PSU: Corsair TX-750 750W Power Supply
CPU Heatsink: CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case
Optical Drive: SATA SONY

I'm looking to upgrade within the next few months to get some more FPS from my gaming. I'm fine with things like COD Black Ops etc on highest settings at 1920 x 1080, but with Crysis 2 and some other games I'm eyeing coming out soon, I think I may need a performance boost.

What would you guys upgrade first to gain the highest performance increase? Thanks for any assistance!

Vid card of course...or you could crossfire two of those 4890's.
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January 9, 2011 2:05:06 PM

That case can handle a lotta hi end upgrades. If the budget allows, I'd grab a GFX card or two. If that PSU was an HX-850, I'd suggest twin 570's if you are overclocking .... one now and the other when budget allows. With the TX series though, I wouldn't be comfy OC'ing and dual GFX. If the 570 is outta ya budget range, read this

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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January 9, 2011 8:14:08 PM

The GTX 570 and ATI 6950 are looking interesting and to be a worthy upgrade to get DX11 and apparently about a 75% speed boost. Would these probably be my best option? I'd rather not upgrade for a small performance boost like I have read you get from the GTX 460. I'd also rather not have to SLI/X Fire, I'd like to keep it simple. Thanks for the replies so far!
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January 9, 2011 8:47:07 PM

Hmm I have just found a mint condition second hand 4890 for sale for under $100. Would it be worth going this route? Could my PSU handle dual 4890 and how much of a performance increase would I likely see? Thanks a lot again for the replies!
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January 9, 2011 8:57:39 PM

matthewh133 said:
Hmm I have just found a mint condition second hand 4890 for sale for under $100. Would it be worth going this route? Could my PSU handle dual 4890 and how much of a performance increase would I likely see? Thanks a lot again for the replies!


Yes to the psu being able to handle two of those cards Xfired.


http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=&source=h...
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January 9, 2011 9:20:06 PM

Cheers mate, seems like the X Fire 4890 is a great performance boost for $100 and should last me until I will upgrade with the 7XXX series
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