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May 29, 2011 3:15:05 PM

hey there everyone ! my current spec is ...

- MS windows 7 home premium 64-bit
- AMD Phenom™ 9600 X4 Quad Core CPU 2.3ghz
- XFX ATI Radeon™ HD5550 1GB DDR2 graphics card
- Sapphire 690V ATI motherboard
- 4gb dual-channel DDR2 ram
- 500gb seagate SATA hard drive
- Acer P225HQ monitor
- 580w G7 psu

This was fine for everyday tasks, internet browsing etc but i could only play games with terrible frame-rates even on low settings. This is of course due to the terrible graphics card that i received as part of a bundle along with the cpu and motherboard. Im planning to replace the cpu, mobo,gpu and ram with about £400 to spend. I would be most grateful for opinions on these components (or superior ones !) and how they would improve my frame rates etc in games such as the witcher 2 which i plan on playing !

new parts
-Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K cpu
-ASUS P7P55D-E LX - P55 Express - Socket 1156 motherboard
-eVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE (1 GB GDDR5) GPU
-corsair 2 x 3gb ddr3 ram

Many thanks :) 

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May 29, 2011 3:16:50 PM

you need a socket 1155 motherboard for sandybridge..
May 29, 2011 3:25:03 PM

cmadrid said:
you need a socket 1155 motherboard for sandybridge..


oh right do you know of any good ones for around £100?
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May 29, 2011 3:30:23 PM

I'm not very familiar with euro prices.. check asrock p67 extreme 4 or pro 3
May 29, 2011 7:26:34 PM

The phenom 9600 is not terrible, and newer games today often support quad cores unlike in the past when the 9600 was first released. So today that quad is actually faster for games than when it was new. Also many existing games now have been patched to work with quad cores.

I would go for a card like a 5770, its 800 shaders and is a good match for the slower clocked quad.
May 29, 2011 7:32:09 PM

Overclocking the cpu to something like 2.5ghz would help too.
May 29, 2011 7:43:02 PM

^ I normally big up the 5770 cause I own several but the 5830 I listed is about £30 cheaper at the moment so i see it as a better purchase :) 
Moto
May 29, 2011 8:52:12 PM

The 5830 is faster with more shaders, Maybe with the new app software the extra shaders will help out the older quad core.

May 30, 2011 11:45:00 AM

would putting money intended for a system revamp into a good graphics card solve my problems or would the cpu bottleneck the GPU ?
May 30, 2011 12:48:07 PM

The 5830 will solve most of your troubles with trying to run games. At worst a few titles that are cpu intensive like gtaiv, or dirt2, might run have to be run at med detail settings.


May 30, 2011 12:54:31 PM

You have to buy a card anyway, so buy the card first, try it and see if it works out ok.
If it doesn't that card will go nice with something like a 2500k in crossfire.
Buy a second one, a crossfire board, and a larger p/s. But you don't need that much power unless almost every game has to run at max detail settings.
A pair of 5830's is a good match with a 2500k since its about twice as fast as the phenom9600.

May 30, 2011 2:16:35 PM

thanks for the advice everyone, much appreciated. I'l try this out before getting the i5 !
May 30, 2011 2:31:49 PM

Cool, let us know how it goes please :) 
Moto
May 30, 2011 3:20:42 PM

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/downloads/down...

Is this the board?

If it is, its saying with a bios update you can run the deneb core, but its also saying that this board is a 95 watt board.

Ok that can be taken with a grain of salt, i am running a 125 watt 6000+ on a am2 board that is a 95 watt board. It seems to still work. There is a chance it wont however.

Ok phenom 2.3ghz vs Phenom II 3.4ghz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99 ,,,$20 off with promo code ?$119.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

It should run ok if you don't overclock it above about 3.6ghz and stick close to stock voltages.

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