Upgrade Questions

First off, I post here because I think that the graphics card would be the best place to start. I understand I don't know everything, or even that much for that matter. So I would like some advice please.

I am an avid MMO'er and have had my current setup for about 3 years and am getting to the point that I think some changes are in order. I don't want to get too crazy with upgrades, basically I am looking for better performance but would love to stay around the best performance/price ratio. I would hate to buy a card today to see it drop significantly in price next month. Yes, I understand technology changes on a daily basis and what I buy today wont be worth that price tomorrow, but we all know that most things hit a plateau for a bit at some time in their life cycle. My goal is to find things that are just starting in that plateau.

Current components:

Motherboard - ASUS M2R32-MVP AM2+/AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard
PSU - Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-D-B 850W
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor
GPU - 1x SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Supported Card
RAM - 5 GB CORSAIR XMS2 (2 x 2GB, 1 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
OS - Triple-boot XP, Vista and W7

Maybe get another 4850 and crossfire them? Maybe change something else? Any comments or advice are welcome.

Thank you!
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  1. Anyone?
  2. Hmm, where is tom when you need him?
  3. You may be limited by your CPU/Motherboard/RAM speeds. If you can get a second 4850 for cheap, would be a good upgrade, but if you see no increase in speed you will need to upgrade the other components. A dual 4850 card will work pretty well though even with new CPUs if/when you want to upgrade, so would not be a waste of money even if you see no or little increase in speeds now.

    here is a new 4850 for $60 after rebate, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482&cm_re=radeon_4850-_-14-150-482-_-Product

    For the cost, worth to try it, as any new upgrade to your 4850 would be more than double that.
  4. Thanks!

    So in case I do need to get a new motherboard, any advice as to where I should start?
  5. Take a look at the system builders articles, they pick out some CPU and motherboard combinations and go over why. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Special,6/Buyers-Guides,24/
  6. Nice info, much appreciated!
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