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November 8, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Hello, currently i have had this build for a long time. Do you guys think its time for an upgrade? i was thinking an i5-7850 if i do an upgrade. I prefer it to be less than $315 total.

DDR2 motherboard- forgot name (in class)
Intel Core 2 Quad 6400
4gb DDR2 667 Mhz
Radeon 4870 512mb
Coolermaster Hyper 212
Antec 650watts
1tb 7200 3.5
400gb 7200 2.5

I game alot and plan on getting AC3 soon.

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November 9, 2012 12:19:36 AM

ultra619 said:
Hello, currently i have had this build for a long time. Do you guys think its time for an upgrade? i was thinking an i5-7850 if i do an upgrade. I prefer it to be less than $315 total.

DDR2 motherboard- forgot name (in class)
Intel Core 2 Quad 6400
4gb DDR2 667 Mhz
Radeon 4870 512mb
Coolermaster Hyper 212
Antec 650watts
1tb 7200 3.5
400gb 7200 2.5

I game alot and plan on getting AC3 soon.


Upgrade DEFINITELY needed. Also consider getting the 7870 GHz edition. Its very little more for tons more performance:

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

+1 on the 3570k, best gaming processor out there.
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November 9, 2012 12:29:47 AM

I'm guessing you meant you're getting an i5 CPU and a 7850 GPU, 'cause there's no i5-7850 CPU.

Anyway, you'll need to get a new motherboard as well and that'll go over $315 with the CPU+GPU.
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November 9, 2012 12:37:26 AM

excella1221 said:
I'm guessing you meant you're getting an i5 CPU and a 7850 GPU, 'cause there's no i5-7850 CPU.

Anyway, you'll need to get a new motherboard as well and that'll go over $315 with the CPU+GPU.


Completely forgot about the socket change. Im guessing that with a new DDR3 motherboard (ASRock Extreme4) will also come better 1600 RAM?
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November 9, 2012 3:02:15 AM

I wouldn't necessarily say you would need an upgrade. If you can play the games you want on the settings you want, then keep it. If not, then it is time for an upgrade.
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November 9, 2012 3:12:39 AM

i would get a graphics card for now, your cpu is still powerful enough. also upgrade your ram. i would say wait for haswell.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

this is an approximation of how your cpu stacks up against others for gaming. i wouldnt upgrade quite yet
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November 9, 2012 3:15:34 AM

a core upgrade [mobo, i5, ram, heat sink] costs about $400
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November 9, 2012 3:10:50 PM

Both my monitors are 1600x900 and i play games only on one of them. AC3 is probably the most graphically demanding game i will play so far so i dont need an amazing video card. Most of my games i ever played were maxed out on 1600x900 30+ fps on my current video card. I was thinking of crossfiring two radeon 4870's but could not find a motherboard with 2 video card slots for LGA 775.
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November 9, 2012 3:40:41 PM

ultra619 said:
Both my monitors are 1600x900 and i play games only on one of them. AC3 is probably the most graphically demanding game i will play so far so i dont need an amazing video card. Most of my games i ever played were maxed out on 1600x900 30+ fps on my current video card. I was thinking of crossfiring two radeon 4870's but could not find a motherboard with 2 video card slots for LGA 775.


If you want it, a nice Phenom X4 965 with a decent mobo and RAM willbe slightly over $200. Enough left for a decent GPU. Though for good performance you want a $250 card, not $150. The extra cost is much worth it.
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November 10, 2012 4:12:35 AM

phenom ii x4 965 isnt an upgrade, rather its just a switch between intel to amd and wouldnt help much. like i said the best bet is a gpu upgrade, and forget xfire, just get a single more powerful gpu like a 7870. also upgrade your ram to 8gb. you can get a pretty descent graphics card for your budget [after ram itll be around $250]
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December 1, 2012 8:16:30 PM

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