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October 19, 2012 9:48:57 PM

Hello,

I am looking to redo my PC its primary use is gaming and HTPC and am a little confused about what path to take with the situation.

With the way things are now I have a few options. I can either stick with my mobo AM3 and upgrade my CPU to a AMD 980 dump 8Gb 1333 or I could go the AM3+ route with a 6200 and 8Gb of 1866 but this would require a new Mobo. Naturally I could go the 2500k route but that will be the most expensive way to go although I know it would yield the best results I would like to keep this on the cheap. So would the newer 6200 with the 1866 ram be faster than A 980 with 1333 ram? I have just recently bought an HIS 7770 ghz edition video card and will be eventually running it in cross fire but that will be at the end of the build. I buy overclock-able parts but rarely overclock them because they seam to withstand the test of time. Also would my 520w PSU (3.5 years old) be ok with any of these build/upgrade ideas?

It will be driving a 1080p 40 TV

Games to play:

D3
Skyrim
Assassins creed
The Witcher

Current Specs listed

System Specs
Budget:400+ USD
VGA:ATI 4870 Soon to be HIS 7770
Monitor:ASUS 27 HDTV 40
MB:ASUS M4A78T-E
CPU:AMD PII 955 BE
Memory:4Gb 1333 (10666) 6-6-6-20
PSU:Corsair 520 HX
HD:128 SSD 1Tb 5400 (Green) 640Gb 7200 (Blue)
OS:Win 7 64
Sound: On board
Cooling:antec 900 case cheap coolermaster cpu cooler
CPU Pps:Gaming // HTPC


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October 19, 2012 11:10:02 PM

IMO, keeping your current build and focusing $$ on the video card would be the best for now. Proc and RAM are enough for those games.
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October 19, 2012 11:33:41 PM

Thx for the reply
I allready bought a his 7770 ghz edition from new egg so iam kinda stuck with that.
so would you just go with the 7770 in CF and just leave the rest?
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October 19, 2012 11:35:02 PM

Keep your current set up and just upgrade your GPU. The Phenom II X4's still have plenty of kick left in them and they will be able to play any game for the next year or so :) 

With your current PSU, you could run almost any Single-GPU video card on the market. With that said, I would highly recommend upgrading your HD7770 to a GTX660 or a Radeon HD7870, they will bring MUCH higher performance than what you currently have!
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October 19, 2012 11:39:35 PM

its that cheap now i would stick in 8gb of 1600mhz ram in.
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October 19, 2012 11:41:18 PM

1600Mhz RAM wouldn't give you as big of a performance boost than a GPU upgrade. RAM has little performance benefits for day-to-day use (includes gaming) past 1333/1600Mhz.

The GTX660 or Radeon HD7870 costs around $200.
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October 20, 2012 12:46:23 AM

Ok by the sounds of it just sticking with the mobo and cpu i all ready have is the route to go. Since I allready bought the 7770 i am kinda stuck :(  so I guess i will try to work with it.
hear is my saved new egg wish list with the 7770 CF set up
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
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October 20, 2012 12:58:54 AM

Your current PSU would suffice for a HD7770 Crossfire set up, no need to upgrade :) 
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October 20, 2012 1:44:17 AM

really that's great only reason i was upgrading was on the AMD site it said 600w for CF but if i can get away with the hx520 then that is even better. So with the 7770 CF and 8Gb 1600 skyrim will look and play good on a 40 1080p hdtv?
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October 20, 2012 8:12:42 AM

Yes, definitely :) 

Ans just to let you know, AMD recommends 600w for a HD7770 Crossfire set up, however, the HD7770 uses less than 100w of power at full load. With that said, your current rig, as it stands now, will only use around ~200-250w (~100w CPU, ~90w GPU, ~40w other components). That leaves you with ~250-300w of headroom; MORE than enough for an HD7770 Crossfire! :) 
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October 20, 2012 9:16:45 AM

mocchan said:
Yes, definitely :) 

Ans just to let you know, AMD recommends 600w for a HD7770 Crossfire set up, however, the HD7770 uses less than 100w of power at full load. With that said, your current rig, as it stands now, will only use around ~200-250w (~100w CPU, ~90w GPU, ~40w other components). That leaves you with ~250-300w of headroom; MORE than enough for an HD7770 Crossfire! :) 

Wait, isn't the 955 a 125W chip like the 965?
On that note, if you want to boost your CPU's performance just get a good cooler and overclock that bad boy. The FX6200 is nothing compared to the PII 955 and 965 even at stock speeds.
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October 20, 2012 11:29:41 AM

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Wait, isn't the 955 a 125W chip like the 965?
On that note, if you want to boost your CPU's performance just get a good cooler and overclock that bad boy. The FX6200 is nothing compared to the PII 955 and 965 even at stock speeds.

Yes, it is a 125 chip. However, keep in mind that the TDP ratings are just a "worst case scenario" in a way. Most chips don't even pull their stated TDP's. My Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.8Ghz (1.4v) only pulled 114w from the socket (according to HWMonitor), another example would be my current i7 2700k which only pulls 79w at stock settings :) 
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October 20, 2012 1:30:38 PM

Ok thanks guys I really appreciate the help. I am going to just go with the 1600 8Gb ram
7770 in CF and save a boat load over the AM3+ rebuild. On a side note I have been reading toms HW for a few years now but never posted any thing as my first experience with a post it has been better than any other forum I have ever been on Thanks again :) 
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October 20, 2012 10:12:20 PM

Glad to be of assistance! And you're very welcome :D 
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