Want a new build but...

just wondering whether i should just upgrade my current pc or go build a completely new one.
current:
955 @ 3.5
6gb of ram
2 x 512mb 4870
1tb hard drive

have been looking at an i5 system to upgrade, but just not entirely sure on what to do
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  1. Please fill this out.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
    Tell us your budget for upgrade and what's your usage of this rig.
    If anything you should be looking at a GPU upgrade, the 4870's are hot and power suckers. The 955 is still quite capable, the 4870 is pretty weak compared to newer GPUs.
  2. Approximate Purchase Date: before september

    Budget Range: £800 $1300

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: uni work, gaming, movies,

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


    Country of Origin: UK

    Parts Preferences: not bothered

    Overclocking: maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: maybe

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: would like it to be pretty future proof
  3. corasir 650w psu
    AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition "125W Edition" 3.20GHz (Socket AM3)
    Asus M4A785TD-V Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) DDR3 Motherboard
    Corsair XMS3 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Tri-Channel
    2 x 4870's 512mb
  4. Quick question, what's uni-work.
    Does it require a lot of CPU power or more on the memory side?
  5. like office work really, wont be nothing demanding, word processing and the likes
  6. So I recommend this.
    2X Asus ATI Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU - £255.92 inc. VAT
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/ATI/ATI+6800+Series+/Asus+ATI+Radeon+HD+6850+DirectCU+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+with+FREE+Shogun+2+Game+?productId=42291
    It would give you a sizeable increase and you don't have to change your PSU.

    Change your motherboard to this. It allows for 8x/8x Crossfire plus you'd have future proofing and the ability to upgrade to BD when it's released.
    Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 £89.93 inc. VAT
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/AMD+AM3%2B+%28900+Chipset%29/Gigabyte+990XA-UD3+AMD+990X+%28Socket+AM3%2B%29+DDR3+PCI-Express+ATX+Motherboard+?productId=44726

    Then get this ram
    8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue LP DDR3 1600 £47.70 inc. VAT
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/Dual+Channel+1600MHz/8GB+Corsair+Vengeance+Blue+LP+%282x4GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800C9+1600MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+-+CML8GX3M2A1600C9B+?productId=45510

    Total: £393.55
  7. You're looking at this kind of performance increase with that GPU upgrade.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/174?vs=183
    Now that's pretty solid, but also you're getting lower TDP and less heat.
  8. thanks for the replies

    so would two 6850s be better than one gtx 570 or 6950 2gb?

    sorry for all the questions
  9. Haha P07H34D, thanks!

    Uhh 2x6850>570
    The 6850x2 is more like a 580.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=305
  10. http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Coolermaster+HAF+912+Plus+Midi+Chassis+?productId=42044 £61.12 inc. VAT
    Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Midi Chassis

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/700-950W/750W+XFX+Core+Edition+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+?productId=45334 £71.44 inc. VAT
    750W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

    http://www.ebuyer.com/268480-asus-p8z68-v-socket-1155-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-p8z68-v £132.84 inc. vat
    Asus P8Z68-V Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/processors/intelcorei3,i5andi71155socket/intel/bx80623i52500k.html £159.98 inc vat
    2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 2500K 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155 - Retail

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cooling/cpucoolers/coolermaster/rr-b10-212p-gp.html £22.00 inc vat
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

    http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-ripjawsx-memory-kit-cl9-9-9-9-24-1-5v-f3-12800cl9d-8gbxl £40.98 inc. vat
    G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/harddrives-internal/sata500gbto1tb/samsung/hd103sj.html £40.98 inc vat
    Samsung Spin Point F3 SATAII 1TB 32MB Cache Hard Drive <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM

    http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-ihas124-19-24x-dvd-rw-dl-ram-sata-optical-drive-oem-ihas124-19 £13.98 inc. vat
    LiteOn iHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/NVIDIA/NVIDIA+GTX+560+Series/EVGA+GeForce+GTX+560Ti+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+%5B01G-P3-1560-KR%5D+?productId=45564 £170.34 inc. VAT
    EVGA GeForce GTX 560Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card [01G-P3-1560-KR]

    Total: £713.66 inc. vat

    http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1-licence-and-media-1-gfc-02050 £72.00 inc. vat
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English
  11. ^ OP can just upgrade for less though.
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