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dopes418
01-04-2010, 04:35 PM
I'm going to upgrade my computer within the next couple of months and I'm wondering what I should upgrade. I have ~$350 right now. My specs are:

Intel C2D E4500 @ 2.20 ghz
ECS 945GCT-M/1333 V3.0
2 GB OCZ ddr2 800 ram
EVGA 7900GS OCed to 585/785 for 3d apps
500w Antec Basiq
200GB IDE HD

I was thinking about buying a new motherboard to OC my processor and maybe a NVIDIA GTX260 or ATI HD5770. Should I upgrade or save up for a new computer?

rotNdude
01-04-2010, 04:48 PM
The 7900GS is a disappointment, so I would think about a new video card. I wouldn't buy a new motherboard just for overclocking, you may be disappointed with the results since overclocking a CPU is never guaranteed.

dopes418
01-04-2010, 06:04 PM
How much of an performance increase would I see if I bought the GTX260 after the new nvidia cards came out? How much if I OC'ed my processor? Also, would it be wiser to buy the 5770 for the DX11 features instead of the GTX260?

YahooElite
01-04-2010, 06:07 PM
with your current setup you would probably be supremely bottlenecked by your CPU, a GTS250 or GTX260 for nVidia should do very well, for the ATI side a 4770 or 4870 should do the trick as long as your PSU has the proper amps to power them.

jamesd9007
01-04-2010, 06:09 PM
with your current setup you would probably be supremely bottlenecked by your CPU, a GTS250 or GTX260 for nVidia should do very well, for the ATI side a 4770 or 4870 should do the trick as long as your PSU has the proper amps to power them.

Or ATI HD5750

dopes418
01-04-2010, 06:23 PM
My current PSU is 500w and has two 12V rails @ 18a. Is that enough?

EDIT - Should I wait for nvidias new cards to come out first then decide?
EDIT 2 - I also forgot to mention that I play in 1366x768 resolution.

YahooElite
01-04-2010, 06:39 PM
36amps should be decent enough i think.

as for the new nvidia cards, they wont be out for like 3 more months or something like that so its really up to you.

dopes418
01-04-2010, 07:38 PM
Alright, I'm stumped between the 5750 and 5770. I'm leaning towards the 5770 more since it's 15 dollars more for the ~10 fps increase.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102864

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102859

jamesd9007
01-04-2010, 07:43 PM
Get 5770. Then maybe later get another for CrossFire.

dopes418
01-05-2010, 04:35 PM
Just found out that my friend is upgrading and is willing to sell me his E8400 and EVGA 780i motherboard for 175 dollars. Is it worth it?

GoDMiN
01-05-2010, 06:42 PM
Yea, its not a bad deal. Maybe get that and a 5770. Imo You'll be happier if you can manage to save a little more and get a 5850. Also If you don't mind waiting there may be a price drop on the ATi5000 cards in a month or two.

sideways
01-05-2010, 07:11 PM
Just found out that my friend is upgrading and is willing to sell me his E8400 and EVGA 780i motherboard for 175 dollars. Is it worth it?

I would definitely take that offer. The cpu alone costs about that much.

Combat Medic
01-05-2010, 07:21 PM
I would definitely take that offer. The cpu alone costs about that much.
You are joking rite? This walks all over it for 50$ more http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315734

GoDMiN
01-05-2010, 07:31 PM
You are joking rite? This walks all over it for 50$ more http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315734

Thats not a bad deal either, Imo you'd be a little better off with that.