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I recently graduated, therefore I have a good bit of money. I usually do one big upgrade every year towards then end of summer and a small one somewhere in between there. Well, this is a good a time as any for that small upgrade. I was thinking of either getting a Phenom X4 9850 or a new video card. What do you guys think? I'm not really sure what video card to consider because I don't really know what's worth it at the moment and what would be bottlenecked by my other hardware. Thanks.
 

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Maybe it's time for you to migrate to Intel...
The Q6600 is now $215 on newegg
 

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Oh man. I'd say you are a perfect candidate for a new GTX280 next month. You add a Phenom at 3ghz with that, and it will rock!:rockout:
 

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I was thinking of waiting until the new cards are released. Moving to Intel isn't really an option because I don't want to have to buy a new motherboard and CPU right now. At least a Phenom will work with my current board eh?
 

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Yeah, I'd go with the 9850. You aren't going to benefit too much from upgrading your video card with the current options available right now.
 

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I was thinking of getting a 9800 GTX for now and waiting a bit longer on the CPU. What do you think, go ahead and get the 9850 or wait to see if the new hyped cards are really worth it? I don't wanna wait and drop $500 on a new card and it not be worth it, ya know?
 

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The new cards will deffinitely be worth it. With gaming the 8800GTS 640mb still kicks some butt.
 

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Yeah it does lol, the only thing I haven't been able to run on completely max so far is Crysis DX10, but that's not really surprising.
 
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Well if you pick up the 9850 now, by the time the new cards drop, you should have a good OC on the CPU and that will help keep your system performing at the max.
 

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Yeah, very little difference in each. But now that I think about it, a 9850 and another pair of the XMS2's would be well worth it.
 

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Hm, hadn't really thought of RAM. Don't really know if I would be able to use 4 GB though, this Vista isn't really playing out too well.