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Old 07-18-2009, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What should I upgrade first?

So I was planning on upgrading my monitor, graphics card, and motherboard sometime in the near future.. But instead of waiting until I have the money for all three, I've decided to buy each separately.

Just have a couple questions:

1. Well.. My title; What should I upgrade first?

2. Will a 4870 be enough for most games at 1680x1050... or even sometimes 1920x1080? I will be playing GTA IV, Prototype, CoD4, and MW2, along with a few others I may pick up.. Or should I just spend the extra ~$70 and get a 4890?

3. Sorry to ask this.. But newer cards will work on older boards, right (referring to PCI express 2.0)? Here's the motherboard I have: Newegg.com - DFI BloodIron P35-T2RL LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Here's the monitor I want: Newegg.com - Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 (ACM) - LCD Monitors

Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-18-2009, 10:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What psu do you have?

pci-e 2.0 cards are backwards compatible so it will work fine. I ran my gtx260 in an old asus skt 939 board for fun.

It would be nice to go to the 4890 if you could swing it. the 4870 1gb is a nice card though.

As for which you should get first I believe that gpu's will drop more in price than monitors so it may be best to go monitor first.

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Old 07-18-2009, 11:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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650W Antec blue Neopower or something like that.

Thanks. Was just making sure.

Yeah.. I really want the 4890, but the 4870 is just so cheap it's hard not to go with it. Guess I'll just get the monitor and hope the 4890 drops quite a bit.
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