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What Would you upgrade if you had my rig

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by p_o_s_pc, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. p_o_s_pc

    p_o_s_pc F@H&WCG addict

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    Take a look at the specs for "midnight" and tell me what you would upgrade for ~$200us from newegg. NOTHING used please .
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    btw is the specs confuse you just say so and i will clear it up for you
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    Probably the graphics card, but I would say get a decent monitor before you do that...
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    thanks. I know i need a new monitor i was thinking about that myself but i want a good GPU first so when i upgrade i can still max things out... So what graphics card would you recommend?(ATI or nvidia doesn't matter)
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    i would get an Asus M4A79 Deluxe (DDR2 as u have AM2 CPU). Altough as Caboose said, a videocard is not a bad idea. If u get a videocard i suggest a 5770 or a 4890.
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    may i ask your reasoning behind getting a different board? Not that i am against it by any means
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    Are you gaming or working on this pc? I'd personally go for a decent ssd
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    As a gamer, i would definitely upgrade the video card. Can make a hell of a difference.(i came from a 8600 GTS to a 4870, huge difference)

    Also as said, i would get a better monitor.

    Everything else looks pretty decent, maybe think about getting a quad core to.
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    i'm thinking pickup a quad or tri now then later 2 5770's. I think that would be a kick ass upgrade.but i know for sure i won't see a big difference going from my highly clocked 8800GT like CD did going from the 8600GTS to the 4870
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    Monitor would be first. There is no point in upgrading the graphic card if you are gaming on a 17" monitor!
    After you change the monitor you can go for a better VGA or maybe a quad CPU.
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    Now that I have my 22" LCD, I can't settle for anything smaller, so my first choice would probably be a new LCD. However, if you are decently happy with your current monitor, I would buy this:
    Athlon II X4 620
    GTS 250

    (Yes, I know, this is slightly above your budget, but not much)
    The plan is the new CPU would be better for WCG, and the 250 would be for games/F@H (to replace the 3870, keep the 8800GT)
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    Is anyone considering the fact that the 3870 is probably maxing out that 5000+ as it is? anything beefier will be bottleknecked to hell and back, id go for a new motherboard / processor (maybe a phenom?) and then upgrade the GPU down the line some where.
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    Don't upgrade your graphics unless you go GTX260 or above. Paired with your current monitor you should be gaming for a little while longer. But with that said, you will then see bottlenecking @ 1280x1024. All depends on how much you game.

    Here's my suggested....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103711
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103726

    Although if you upgrade your cpu, you won't have enough to upgrade your LCD display. There really isn't that many LCD's in the sub $125 region that are better than your current CRT.

    EDIT:

    Could always try your luck and unlock one of these when you get it:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103698

    Not feeling to swift about that though. The price difference between the said above tri-core and this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103688

    May be able to get you a better monitor.

    This is the only one I see that's worthwhile in the sub $145(ship included) group on newegg.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824160046

    I totally agree with you kyle. A PhenToo + an nforce 750a would work out good.
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    personally, I'd upgrade the CPU. I'm partial to the Phenom II 940 but I hear there's good sucess in unlocking the 720 with the TA790GX 128M


    For those suggesting a MB upgrade, he doesn"t need it only a 790FX board is "better" and he'd only need that if he plans to go Quadfire anytime soon.

    Just make sure you have a heatsiink on the MOSFETs and the TA790GX will handle anything you throw at it
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    monitor or a new graphics card.
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    I'm not using the 3870 for gaming i am using a 8800GT@630/1915/1000(C/S/M) the 3870 is just there for folding and to run hulu on the 2nd monitor while i game :laugh:
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    an 8800 is a decent card albeit an older generation. that HDD though whoa!! If you want faster boot and game load times on a budget I would recommend a WD 640GB Black HDD.

    After that a 22 or 24" cheapy TN lcd. For games you can always turn down settings to boost fps. A grfx card dont do much for the desktop, but the monitor is always being used all the time.

    Hope that helps.
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    Nothing. Save the cash. If you're asking us to choose your upgrade for you, then you're just letting thoughts of spending grow on your mind. You are the one who uses the computer; thus you are the one who knows best how to upgrade it (if indeed you truly do intend to do so).
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    I would upgrade the CPU and then the GPU. The fact you have a 790GX board that would take any new Athlon II or Phenom II should be incentive to upgrade that older 5000 now!
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    could be. with a bios upgrade it will take any am3 cpu. for cheap get atlon x3 or x4 or if u can afford better a phenom ii 720
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    i got offered a x3 720 just waiting for a reply on price. I am consiering a 620 x4 or a 425 X3 and maybe get lucky and unlock the 4th core
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    The x3 720 is a great chip, I put one in my friends system, first AMD chip I got to really play with in quite awhile, I was pretty pleased.

    I would as well say CPU, then go for graphics and monitor depending on which is more important to you.
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    I am strongly considering a quad or tri just for more crunching power
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