At this time I am considering upgrading my system. I have built my last two rigs, but basically I want to improve my gaming rig. I am ready to buy something that really can take on high end games and be able to be upgraded again in the future.
Approcimate Purchase Date: Within one to two months.
Budget Range: Around $800 would be reasonable, if it was worth it I can go higher. I really have to watch my budget.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, and general computer usage.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Power Supply
My present rig consist of the following:
Cpu: AMD Phenom II X4 965
Mobo: ASUS M4A78T-E
VGA: Sapphire HD 5830
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333
P/S: Corsair HX 750
HDD: WD Caviar 750GB sata HD 7200
OPTICAL: Plextor PX-850SA-SW
CASE: Corsair 600T
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I'm partial to AMD CPU & ASUS motherboards. But any suggestion would be welcome.
Overclocking: Maybe, if I knew what I doing.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, If I can see an improvement over the use of only one card.
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080.
Additional Comments: I'm not really into a lot of bling and I'm satisfied with my present case. However, with the games coming out I like future proof my system.
presently, I like to upgrade my motherboard, ram, video card, cooler, and in the future a new cpu.
I am considering purchasing the following:
ASUS Crosshair V either formula or extreme
Gskill 8GB ddr3 1600mhz
ATI HD 6870
Now for a future CPU purchase, I'm waiting to see what AMD is going to put out with their bulldozer series. But, like I said I will be doing this within the next one to two months and looking for any discounts I could find. I might even buy a new hard drive, if the price is right. Please any advise on how to improve my system within budget would be welcome.
personally, i dont see anything wrong with your current system, save maybe a gpu upgrade to game with out issue at 1080. if you wanted to upgrade anything, i would pick the gpu, and probably get a 6870/6950. there is really no reason to go higher unless you are chasing benchmarks imo. the 6950 is a bit better than a 5870, and in my case, (i have 2 5870s, but used only one for a bit) it ran everything i threw at it at 1920x1200, except of course Metro 2033 (which i think wasnt that good anyway).
but indeed, wait and see what bulldozer looks like, and further, keep saving your money till the 7000 serries sti cards and do a nice big upgrade to really make your eyes sparkle.
I suggest you consider doing an upgrade in two parts; a graphics upgrade now, and a cpu upgrade later, if you need it.
1) Unless you are playing cpu intensive games, your 5830 is the weak part of your rig. It is still a very good card, so you need to jump a couple of tiers in capability to keep from being disappointed whit the improvement. That means to me at least a 6950 or 6970. Ot the Nvidia equivalents GTX560ti or GTX570. I would avoid the cf option. cf will give good FPS benchmark improvements, but it would be best to avoid the associated microstuttering issues.
2) With bulldozer for the desktop due to be released in a month or so(finally!) I suggest you wait to see what it offers. My suspicion is, that it will be more suited to multi core workstation apps than gaming. Gaming needs two or three fast cores for the most part. CPU performance is directly related to the cpu, and not the motherboard. I do not see any logic in changing a motherboard now when the cpu issue is unresloved. I know you favor amd cpu's, but today, the Intel sandy bridge 2500K is the king of gaming.
your 965 has a passmark of 4287, but compare it to 7361 for a 2500K. And, that is before any overclocking. The 2500K will overclock higher to boot. Will that change with bulldozer? Possibly, but reports I have read indicate that bulldozer will not have the greatest per core clock rate or efficiency, just more cores. If you think you want more cpu power, take a second look at Intel sandy bridge.
4) The reason for a better cooler is for overclocking, or to reduce noise under load. To my mind, a simple tower type cooler with a 120mm fan will do the job about as well.
A $30 cm hyper212 or Xigmatek gaia is really all most of us need.
Microstutter really is such a MINOR thing. Most people probably dont even notice it. Untill the news article popped up on TOMs frontpage, it had never been mentioned on these forums before, at least that i ever noticed.
Hey Maxinexus, thanks for the reply. I might be getting ahead of myself, but your recommendation for a 2GB 6950 sounds good, which manufacturer would you recommend. I read that the 6950 made by sapphire had issues with fan breakages and xfx with customer support problems. You are right about bulldozer, a wait and see game right now would be the best course. again thanks