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October 27, 2011 4:02:16 AM

I haven't yet received the next part for this build, but what do you think the bottleneck will be?

Right now, the system is:

AMD Dual-core Athlon II X2 "Regor" @ 3.4 Ghz
4 Gbs OCZ DDR2 "Reaper" RAM @ 1066 Mhz
MA3-79GDGD Jetway Motherboard AM3/AM2+/AM2 w/ 790GX nb
Toshiba notebook drive 320 Gbs @ 7200 RPM (cannibalized)
Western Digital 1 tb "Caviar Green" @5400 RPM
Asus nVidia GT 220 stock-clocked
OCZ "Fatal1ty" 550w PSU

Obviously here right now its the GT 220, but that will be replaced with a Sparkle "Calibre" GTX 550 Ti card.

What will be the bottleneck then? The processor?

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2011 11:08:54 AM

depends on your uses but i will opine.......... the hard drive is slow ( 5400rpm )....... unless you use the 320 for main drive...... dual cores are kind of useless but will still work. i don't buy low end graphics cards but if that's the final piece the 550 is better than what you have now.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2011 11:17:35 AM

Your best upgrades are to go to either an FM1 board, Asrock makes a great board for $75 on newegg with the Llano 2.9GHz chip w/ 6550 integrated graphics. With this, get an 8GB (2x4Gb) set of DDR3 1333 Ram. Total will run you around $260.

Or, go with a Phenom Zosma 960T as it is a true quad core with the potential to unlock a 5th or even 6th core, and is easily OC'able. This should be paired with an HD6950. Your board will support it. Total will run you around $280
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2011 11:39:11 AM

did i read this wrong ? I was assuming those parts were already purchased and wanted advice for next part.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2011 11:43:18 AM

swifty_morgan said:
did i read this wrong ? I was assuming those parts were already purchased and wanted advice for next part.



Did i post something confusing? I was listing his best upgrade options...
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October 28, 2011 3:49:24 AM

Best answer selected by deathofzero.nnThanks for the info. Considering the FM1... But who knows with those unlockable cores. Seeya round.
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