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Old 08-02-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Need some expert tips about upgrading!

After seeing my 4890 perform worse and worse during 2010-2011 as is now required something new. A solid container with good air flow that can play BF3 on high settings (not max-max) and no performance drops.

Current setup:
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AMD X4 PII 940 BE@3.56GHz
XFX HD4890 OC'd (Performs very well for being such an old card)
GA-MA790X-UD3P
4GB of DDR2 RAM (Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500CS)
500GB HDD
650W Corsair PSU
Windows 7 64-bit
+ a small chassis

I plan to get myself a XFX HD6970 shortly, with the reason for my current card is not enough. And a new chassis called Cooler Master Sniper: Black Edition.

What do you think I should upgrade? If you say that I shall upgrade my MB - upgrading RAM, HDD and eventually a CPU follows.

All opinions and ideas are welcome, thanks! :-)
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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Well if you wanna game I would reccomend switching out the CPU and mobo to 1155 and an i5 2500k. Your video card is decent, BF3 is gonna be CPU intensive, even BF BC 2 is cpu intensive.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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It's not the CPU that is holding me back, it's the video card. Maybe I'll go for a AMD Bulldozer in the future.

Do you think a 6970 will bottleneck anything in my current system?
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:49 PM   #4
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Im pretty sure your processor is going to bottle neck the 6970.
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Im pretty sure your processor is going to bottle neck the 6970.
The 6970 will not be bottle-necked by his processor.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for clarifying it BassAddict!
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Default Re: Need some expert tips about upgrading!

I agree, there's plenty of pep in the 940 in this case, and as resolutions scale up, the GPU will take over most of the heavy lifting, so a CPU upgrade at this point is a little ways out yet. Good thought though.

The power supply looks to be fine for the 6970, so if that card appeals to you, Wham!, I'm with Bass, should be a nice upgrade.
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