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January 27, 2012 11:17:26 AM

OK, I hope this is the best place for this, if not, apologies mods.

Also, apologies for the long post, I could really do with some assistance/reassurance before I make purchases.

My current set-up:

Gigabypte GA-890-GPA-UD3H mobo
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 2.8 GHz (stock cooling, runs about 46-50c when I play something like Wow)
8Gb Crucial Balistix RAM
XFX Radeon HD 5670 1GB
3 x 1tb SAMSUNG HD103SJ (1 of them currently not in use)
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Currently running a 19" and a 17" (17" is running off the on-board vga) displays.

CPU-Z stat thingy -


So, I'm going round in circles at the momement. It's my birthday on 1st so i've got approx £300 to spend, and I don't get money like that often at all!

Things i want:

- 24" LCD,

I miss having a large display, and am willing to lose the dual display for this (don't have the room space for 2 and not fussed anyway if i get to play on the larger screen). This screen seems to be the best I can find for the money.

- A new Graphics card,

XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5:

or poss

GTX 560ti's:

- A new CPU cooler,

I think mine could run alot cooler, it's not an airflow issue as my 5670 runs at about 55-60c under load, i'd quite like to OC my Phenom too, i'm not doing it with the stock cooling though..

I'll prob also grab an extra 80mm fan too as I've got a spot in my case for one.


So yea, I want to future-proof my PC a bit while I can, and I'm interested in overclocking to get the most out of it (not extreme, just for a nice performance boost). I think what I've found are good, and the bonus is that I could actually go and get it on the 1st rather than wait for delivery, yes i'm impatient and it'll be my birthday! Also, on the graphics side of things, is waiting a month for the next gen of cards going to make a massive amount of difference for what I do, I'm not expecting to play every game i ge ton ultra, but it's gotta look good!

I have doubts though, and won't be able to do anything like this in the near future, are these buys good, could there be better within my budget?

With regards to usage I only play games/watch films etc, no image/video editing, I currently play wow (too much), am looking into getting something new though, like BF3/MW3/SWTORDiblo3 when it comes out, you get the picture.

Any help in helping me decide would be very much appreciated!

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January 27, 2012 11:46:51 AM

The best avaiable performance/cost ratio I can think for you is to buy a new graphics card. Easy that way!
Simple put: get the better card you can with your money with the monitor included