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November 2, 2011 1:36:27 PM

My current Build:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE @ 3.4GHz
HD Radeon 5850
8GB DDR3 Corsair XM3 1333 MHz
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro
60GB Vertex SSD (OS Drive)
1TB+ Of storage

If I missed any specs, let me know.

What should I upgrade next? It looks pretty balanced to me, what do you think?

I usually just play Games on this pc and browsing.

I was thinking about the 128GB Cruical M4 SSD.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

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November 2, 2011 6:10:09 PM

Any suggestions?
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November 2, 2011 6:21:31 PM

Get a better CPU. A phenom quad core will preform better.
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November 2, 2011 6:21:53 PM

Really, all I'd say would be to add a second 5850 for Crossfire, that's about it.

Although if your motherboard supports it switch up to the X6 1055.
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November 2, 2011 6:22:43 PM

Your current build looks pretty solid to me, I think the next thing you should upgrade is your GPU. In all honesty it is not that old and, depending on how graphically intensive the games you play are, it may not be necessary to upgrade it for a while longer. Possibly consider waiting for the new generation of GPUs to come out (Radeon 7XXX and Geforce 6XX) and pick up one of those.
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November 2, 2011 6:24:52 PM

That's a tough one. If you grab another 5850, you'll see performance increases in many games, but won't be able to tap the full potential of that setup in others. Of course, if you upgraded your CPU, you'd see very little performance gains in games, so I'd go CF 5850s.
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November 2, 2011 6:48:36 PM

how's about an Intel quad core and a new motherboard ? Put some "zip" in that machine.......... woohooo.............
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November 2, 2011 6:50:18 PM

cuecuemore said:
That's a tough one. If you grab another 5850, you'll see performance increases in many games, but won't be able to tap the full potential of that setup in others. Of course, if you upgraded your CPU, you'd see very little performance gains in games, so I'd go CF 5850s.


The problem is that the 5850s costs a lot now, since its discontinued. It costs about 350+. I could buy a 6 series.
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November 2, 2011 6:56:33 PM

if you're doing games.. then yes.. get a new GPU..
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November 2, 2011 7:10:53 PM

If I were to upgrade my CPU it would be the X4 or the X6.

Should I wait for the 7 series? (I prefer AMD) or go with the 6950 if I upgrade the GPU.

If I want to CF, Ill have to buy a new PSU because its a 600W, without the cables to CF (Both 6 pins are into the 5850 atm).
If I do CF, which card to CF?

I'm still lenient on the 128GB SSD though.
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November 2, 2011 7:29:03 PM

teldara said:
The problem is that the 5850s costs a lot now, since its discontinued. It costs about 350+. I could buy a 6 series.

Ah, yes, had forgotten that the 5000s are in such short supply. Don't get a 6000 series, the 7000s are just too close and beat the current gen by way too much for you to be thinking about a one-gen step up.
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November 2, 2011 7:34:45 PM

cuecuemore said:
Ah, yes, had forgotten that the 5000s are in such short supply. Don't get a 6000 series, the 7000s are just too close and beat the current gen by way too much for you to be thinking about a one-gen step up.


Yep. I'm hoping 7 series would come soon.

So its either a CPU upgrade or the SSD. My Vertex (1) SSD is kinda outdated. But is it worth getting the SSD over the CPU Upgrade?
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November 2, 2011 7:36:46 PM

teldara said:
If I were to upgrade my CPU it would be the X4 or the X6.

Should I wait for the 7 series? (I prefer AMD) or go with the 6950 if I upgrade the GPU.

If I want to CF, Ill have to buy a new PSU because its a 600W, without the cables to CF (Both 6 pins are into the 5850 atm).
If I do CF, which card to CF?

I'm still lenient on the 128GB SSD though.


Well the Phenom II X4 processors I believe are the best for gaming. The extra cores that Thuban provides really dont have any gaming benefit. I would say go for the X4 980.

The biggest problem I see in waiting for the 7XXX series to come out is that AMD will probably release it like they did the 6XXX series... 7800s first then down the line release the real power house 7900 cards. The question is do you wait until the relase the 7900 and get a top of the line card or as soon as they come out, get a 7800 "midrange" card?
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November 2, 2011 7:40:50 PM

dalmvern said:
Well the Phenom II X4 processors I believe are the best for gaming. The extra cores that Thuban provides really dont have any gaming benefit. I would say go for the X4 980.

The biggest problem I see in waiting for the 7XXX series to come out is that AMD will probably release it like they did the 6XXX series... 7800s first then down the line release the real power house 7900 cards. The question is do you wait until the relase the 7900 and get a top of the line card or as soon as they come out, get a 7800 "midrange" card?


My 5850 isn't that outdated yet. I can play games just fine. The only bummer is trying to play BF3. On medium its only 40 FPS lol (stock). I can OC to make up for the older generation.

I could wait for a bit longer for a mid-high/high end 7 series.
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November 2, 2011 7:42:10 PM

teldara said:
Yep. I'm hoping 7 series would come soon.

So its either a CPU upgrade or the SSD. My Vertex (1) SSD is kinda outdated. But is it worth getting the SSD over the CPU Upgrade?



The 7 series is supposed to come out Q1 2012.

You will see a very minimal upgrade to game performance with a new SSD, if any at all. Definitely go for the processor.
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November 2, 2011 7:44:24 PM

dalmvern said:
The 7 series is supposed to come out Q1 2012.

You will see a very minimal upgrade to game performance with a new SSD, if any at all. Definitely go for the processor.


Well, the SSD is more of a splurge thing. Not for gaming. But, I'm second guessing the SSD because its not really needed. I just wanted to have my games load off the SSD instead of the HDD lol

I'll probably go for the X4 980...

EDIT: Jumped for the 980. Thanks for the suggestions.
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November 2, 2011 8:06:08 PM

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