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March 9, 2012 2:47:40 AM

Hello all,

I'm thinking about upgrading some computer parts (RAM). I'm pretty new to building computers so I would love some advice / suggestions about what I should upgrade and if it's worth upgrading or not.

Currently the computer I have is mainly for playing games, occasionally I'll run fraps while playing games.

My build is :


Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Graphic Card : x2 GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

CPU : AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

Power supply : COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

I have Window 7 installed on to SSD while other things on HDD.

Thanks.

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March 9, 2012 7:50:24 AM

The only upgrade is the memory , buy another 4 GB or 8GB RAM. Your PC is verry good.
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March 9, 2012 8:34:59 AM

Hi,
here's my suggestion: Most people say that CM is not that good in PSUs as it is in cabinets and everything. So, instead of CM I suggest you go with this : http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite.... It is cheaper than ur current choice.
I'd recommend you to save money and then go for something like an HD 7870.
Rest of your system looks good.

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March 9, 2012 1:52:39 PM

sosofm said:
The only upgrade is the memory , buy another 4 GB or 8GB RAM. Your PC is verry good.


Thank you, do you have suggestions on what kind of RAM i should get and will be compatible with my motherboard


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March 9, 2012 2:40:15 PM

according to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You will want either 1333 if you are running stock settings, but it should OC to 1600 and 1866 with no problems. I would try to match whatever ram you currently have installed, or else replace all of the ram at once.

I would stick with corsair or g.skill 1600 in a 2x4GB configuration for a total of 8GB. Timings do matter a little more on the AMD side than Intel, but it is still not worth going out of your way to buy premium ram with super low timings. Also, I would replace your ram and only run 2 sticks, unless you need the extra space for some reason like doing HD video editing.

Everything else in your rig looks up to snuff by today's standard, and the only other major upgrade would be to switch over to Ivy Bridge when it comes out... but my bet is that your rig plays pretty smooth at most settings as-is.

The next upgrades to look for, as you have a decent base system, would be to RAID your HDD to get a little more performance, and then investing in high quality fans and heatsinks to keep everything cold and quiet. Other than that there should be no major reason to do any big upgrades for the next year or 2.
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March 9, 2012 2:40:42 PM

Buy the same like you have in your PC.
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March 9, 2012 3:23:20 PM

CaedenV said:
according to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You will want either 1333 if you are running stock settings, but it should OC to 1600 and 1866 with no problems. I would try to match whatever ram you currently have installed, or else replace all of the ram at once.

I would stick with corsair or g.skill 1600 in a 2x4GB configuration for a total of 8GB. Timings do matter a little more on the AMD side than Intel, but it is still not worth going out of your way to buy premium ram with super low timings. Also, I would replace your ram and only run 2 sticks, unless you need the extra space for some reason like doing HD video editing.

Everything else in your rig looks up to snuff by today's standard, and the only other major upgrade would be to switch over to Ivy Bridge when it comes out... but my bet is that your rig plays pretty smooth at most settings as-is.

The next upgrades to look for, as you have a decent base system, would be to RAID your HDD to get a little more performance, and then investing in high quality fans and heatsinks to keep everything cold and quiet. Other than that there should be no major reason to do any big upgrades for the next year or 2.


What about this? : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TO5C0/ref=ox_sc_a... is this compatible with my motherboard and the RAM i'm currently using? If not, can you please provide a couple of links on what I should get.

Occasionally, I'll do some video editing. Is it better to run 2 sticks ( 2x4GB ) instead of 4 sticks with a combination of 2x4GB and 2x2GB


Thank you.
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March 9, 2012 4:00:46 PM

Agree - get at least an 8GB kit. I have the 16GB (4X4GB) version of this series and it's treated me well:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 1090T is a pretty good option, but I might recommend upgrading the the 990FX series of motherboards to give you upgrade capability down the road. The 890FX will support the first gen Bulldozers (FX-8120/8150) but you would need a 990FX in order to upgrade to a Piledriver down the road.

I personally am a fan of ASUS over Gigabyte but that is just a personal preference, they're both good brands.
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