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January 10, 2012 12:41:17 PM


AMD Athlon 64x2 4000+
2x1gb DDR2-800
2x2gb DDR2-800
nVidia GeForce 8400 GS
450w PSU
Win XP Pro

I need help!
I've had this rig for a long time and it's in need of an update.
Money is always an option so I was thinking to upgrade small things that I can use in a newer machine some where down the road.
I went ahead and bought 4gb (2x2) of ram only to find out that 32bit OS can only use 3 gigs worth *shrug*.
So now I figured lets take a look at video cards.
It's making my head spin. The main point I have found is that I will need to upgrade my PSU. What PSU should I get? I don't even know what to look at.
There are some pretty good sub $150 cards. I was looking at the Radeon HD6790 or the GeForce 550Ti.
After all this my MotherBoard/CPU is holding me back so I was looking at the ASUS M5A99x EVO with the FX-8120 bulldozer with 8gb DDR#-1866

I haven't even thought about storage at this point or a burner and I will have to buy Windows 7.

Where does it end?

Thanks for your help.


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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 12:55:31 PM

A big upgrade without spending big money can be the next : do BIOS update and buy this quad core and this 6850 is more performant than 6790.
And when you have enough money buy a new motherboard and memory ,because with that motherboard you can use the 925 quad core , or if you will have enough budget you can buy another powerfull cpu.
a c 185 U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 2:21:52 PM

You can upgrade the Motherboard and the Processor first an then upgrade to 7xxx.
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 2:43:10 PM

Don't bother upgrading it, save for a new one.

A video card upgrade would likely require a psu upgrade. (you didn't mention what your psu make and model is)

A video card upgrade won't do you any good because your cpu is too slow.

A cpu upgrade isn't going to do much without a gpu upgrade.

A cpu upgrade will require a new motherboard and new ram.
January 11, 2012 1:57:20 PM

Thanks for the reply's

I was figuring on having to upgrade the PSU because of its age so that's why I didn't post it.

I am trying to give myself an upgrade path so that I can use the components in the next machine.

I figured the newer video card will be far superior to the one I have now with the understanding that it'll be hampered by my cpu. How much better? Beats me. It may not be enough of a boost and so saving for a new machine will be the only option. I hope not though.

I will be upgrading the motherboard/CPU but not for at least 6 months. I am looking at another ASUS board with a bulldozer CPU. I can throw a few hundred dollars at it every 6 months or so and by Christmas I'll have a newer machine.

With that being said I would need a PSU that'll fit my current ASUS M2n-SLI and the future motherboard/CPU as well as a new video card.


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a c 185 U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 3:18:18 PM

You can find good deals on seasonic 620W, cost you about $70 and even will support up to 7970 even.

A FX-8120+M599x+DDR31600 motherboard costs about $400, but should go down to at least $350 in my opinion after 6 month.

Now, The graphic card, probably 7770. Not much price increase than the current 6770, $130

Total will be $550
a c 185 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 4:15:11 PM

OK, good, they will bottleneck too, but if you will upgrade the processor you should be fine.
January 14, 2012 2:39:39 AM

How much of an improvement do you think I will see with just upgrading the video?

a c 185 U Graphics card
January 14, 2012 4:58:16 AM

EDIT: (Oh, it's just 6790 :p ) You can also buy all of them together so that you really see a performance boost. Because you can also buy 7770/7790 at those times. Anyway it's OK to buy now, with some bottlenecks. But since you're upgrading to a FX-8120, M5A99X and a dual channel DDR3-1866, you should be fine. It's not that much of bottlenecks anyway :) . Go ahead have a good day :) .
January 19, 2012 4:02:57 AM

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