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Old 11-06-2009, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am trying to determine what upgrade would be the best bang for my buck. I built my gaming pc about 4 years ago. I am looking to upgrade my CPU, GPU, and Ram. I am just not sure what would be best to upgrade first.

Current Specs:
AMD 3800+ (I think its 2.4 GHz dual core)
EVGA 7900GT (256 mb)
OCZ 2GB (4 X 512)
MSI K9N Neo-F AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Desired Upgrades:
EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB, AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Processors - Desktops

OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Newegg.com - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P8004GK - Desktop Memory

I am basically building this PC to play the up coming starcraft II, and Diablo III.
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I'd upgrade the graphics first. That way you'll have the most expensive out of the way, and you'll have the cheaper bottleneck to upgrade next, so less time to save money.
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I'd upgrade the graphics first. That way you'll have the most expensive out of the way, and you'll have the cheaper bottleneck to upgrade next, so less time to save money.
+1 to that.
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Newegg.com - HIS H489FP1G Radeon HD 4890 Turbo+ 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

do this first
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Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I'd get that right now. It is slower than the HD 4890, but that's with premature drivers. I expect better performance out of that card with good drivers, in addition it's got DX 11 support!
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instead of the phenom i would go with a i7... but thats just my thought.
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Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I'd get that right now. It is slower than the HD 4890, but that's with premature drivers. I expect better performance out of that card with good drivers, in addition it's got DX 11 support!
yes, go with the 5770. and i dont think that your mobo is compatible with the phenom II's.
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