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Old 12-29-2010, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red face Upgrade component check:

Upgrading my Mobo, CPU, Ram, GPU and Monitor (>24", >=1200 vert pixels). Budget is ~$800
Already have a big psu

This is a mod to my existing gaming rig (s939 AMD build) and playing directx 10/11 games is my goal (i'm still stuck in Dx9)

The monitor will also be used as a home station for my wife's school laptop (HP dv6t, i7/8gb/HD 5650)

I hope to achieve a rig that will be upgradeable to a faster processor (i.e. X4 to X6) and SLI or Xfire when needed.

I have no aligencies to Intel/AMD/nVidia/ATI so whatever

this is what I have so far

MoBo $70
MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU $99
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX


RAM $76
OCZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR2000LV4GK
Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR2000LV4GK

GPU $229
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Newegg.com - EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Monitor $320
Hannspree by Hanns-G HF-289HJB Black 28" 3ms Full HD Height Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 500 cd/m2 2400:1
Newegg.com - Hannspree by Hanns-G HF-289HJB Black 28" 3ms Full HD Height Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 500 cd/m2 2400:1
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Upgrade component check:

Go with the same monitor but go with this stuff instead.

GPU
Newegg.com - SPARKLE SXX4601024D5UNM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

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This card is better, the same price, and comes with a $15 giftcode: Newegg.com - XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
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Default Re: Upgrade component check:

Thanks for the responses.

Pretty sure both of those cards are slower than the GTX 470, at least according the the list over on the overclock.com forum



In the 250$ CPU/MoBo combo range, wouldnt it be smarter to get a s1156 mobo and an i3 chip so I can upgrade to an i7 in a year for cheap? Preeety sure the graphics card is going to be doing most of the heavy lifting
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115221
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130264
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Well with an i3 you would be heavily crippled graphic wise by your CPU. That graphics card (470) needs a power house processor to support all of it's glory, so I suggest you either go with what we have suggest or you spend most of it on a processor go with something cheaper for graphics until you can afford the 470.

To put it bluntly you would be going *** backward if you bought a mediocre CPU and a 470.
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Yeah, the 470 is better; I didn't even look at what you posted haha.

Get this instead of the 470. After rebates and the promo code it is only $200:

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

And it's better.
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So I gotta have at least a i5 chip if i go intel and have a beast of a gpu?

It didnt used to be like that when i built my last rig, time's are a changin!
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Default Re: Upgrade component check:

I'd switch up the monitor to this Newegg.com - ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector. It's $290 ($260 after a rebate) and a better screen while only sacrificing 2.5 inches which in my opinion is better because the ASUS will give a more crisp and more accurate picture. Also it allows you to put a smidge more into the rest of your build.

and at the end of the day today's games are much more GPU dependent than CPU dependent and the CPU capabilities far outpace what games can take advantage of, so spend more on the GPU but don't discount the CPU.
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Default Re: Upgrade component check:

possible problem!

psu isnt as beefy as i remember, 12V rails are looking like this:
COOLMAX 550W
12V1 = 18A
12V2 = 18A
12V3 = 15A
450W on 12V total
558W all voltages combine

is that enough to power the 5870?

EDIT:
Current build:
CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103675
(upgraded from Athalon x4)
GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102883
(upgraded from GTX 470)
MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130275
(upgraded from G45)
RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277
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