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June 4, 2012 4:39:01 AM

Hi I was looking on craigslist for a decent computer to build on and I found one that has really good base components for relatively cheap. All I would need to upgrade is the memory and the gpu. The processor on it is the phenom II x4 970 black, what i was wondering was is this cpu still relevant? And will it stay relevant for a while? The mother board is a Asus m4a89gtd pro, so its a little bit dated too. If i got this computer I was planning on getting a GTX 570 1.2gb gpu, and hook it up with 16gb of 1333 ddr3 ram. (MOBO supports up to 16gb and it has Windows 7 Ultimate installed.) Also has a 750W psu. So what do you guys think? I kinda tight on money and i figured this would be good since i cant buy a NEW pc but i wanted an opinion from somebody who is a bit more experienced than myself.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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June 4, 2012 5:01:29 AM

I have a Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.8Ghz (basically same CPU). I'm quite happy with how it performs still, and I don't plan on upgrading for a year to two years. I think you should be fine as well.
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June 4, 2012 5:13:07 AM

all depends on what they are asking for it.

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June 4, 2012 5:14:34 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
all depends on what they are asking for it.


Oh yes, this too...

Must be able to get it at a very reasonable price, otherwise building yourself a new i3 rig would be better imo :lol: 
June 4, 2012 5:22:02 AM

Asking price is $380. Thanks for the info though, really helps with my decision.
June 4, 2012 5:25:13 AM

What brand is the PSU?

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June 4, 2012 5:26:14 AM
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Running a 965 here and it is sitting beside it's replacement a I5-2500. To tell you the truth the Phenom still runs everything I toss at it just a little slower than the I5. I don't see your 970 being obsolete for 2+ years, or unless software suddenly decides to make a massive jump in the next year in terms of hardware requirements.
June 4, 2012 5:32:48 AM

JDW the processor is the AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition. And the reason why this rig is so cheap is because it doesnt come with a graphics card, just the integrated graphics.
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June 4, 2012 6:20:53 AM

Buy it, upgrade the power supply, and put in a new gpu!
June 4, 2012 6:27:34 AM

why should i upgrade the psu? 750W should be plenty.
June 4, 2012 6:29:12 AM

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