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Old 12-06-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Processor vs Graphic Card

I wanted to get a Phenom II 940 for my system since its only $150 on newegg but the HD 5770 is only $15 more...

Since i basically only play games on my comp would getting the HD 5770 be a better choice for my build? (specs in sig)
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:10 PM   #2
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Haha I was confused for a second, thought you wanted either a processor or a GPU. I was like you need both lol. Personally I would go for the Processor, it's quad core. Plus your GPU is a 4850, not top of the line, but it's pretty good. I would get a processor and a GPU like next year.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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the Proc, and as i personally know, the 940 kicks ass, i have one, and with my 4850, it maxs ANY game and even plays crysis on high settings with no AA at 1080p or my 22in Westinghouse

check out my youtube channel an u can see how well it plays crysis.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:15 PM   #4
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You need both and CPU for the win BUT the GPU takes ALOT of stress from the CPU
remember, you are not just using the CPU to play games. I ve played Crisys on high settings using an Atholn X4 620 with a 4890X2
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You need both and CPU for the win BUT the GPU takes ALOT of stress from the CPU
remember, you are not just using the CPU to play games. I ve played Crisys on high settings using an Atholn X4 620 with a 4890X2
crossfire 4890 i hope you mean.

and he knows you need both...

he is stating which he should upgrade...

his 4850, or his proc.


i say the proc because a quad is much more powerful, and the 4850 is already a great card.
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Why not get say an athlon x4 620 and a second 4850 (look on ebay for a used one, theyre going really cheap right now)? That would give you better performance than a 5770, and you'd get a CPU upgrade (though itll cost a bit more, but not much)

EDIT: here ya go: http://cgi.ebay.com/Barely-used-sapp...item439bdd2b2d
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-706-_-Product

$200-- thats not much more than either option you posted.

Trust me, crossfired 4850's give you amazing performance. I have the 4850 x2 in the gaming/HTPC and I can max most everything at 1920 x 1080 and if you were to get the 5770, it would be bottlenecked by your current cpu.
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Yeahi forgot to mention i had a limit in cash my bad.

But ah i totally forgot about crossfire. And the 620 can overclock to 3.9ghz which should be more than enough speed to overcome the lack of an L3 cache. thanks foothead for mentioning that combo +1
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If cash is tight, you could buy the athlon II x3 425... 3 cores is still amazing performance, and you'd save yourself another $20. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...15073&CatId=22

EDIT: If you have a heatsink already, here's the OEM version for $62 : http://cgi.ebay.com/ATHLON-II-X3-425...ht_2645wt_1165

Also, look into the Phenom II x2 550, If your mobo is capable of unlocking the extra cores, that'd get you a black edition quad core phenom II at 3.1 GHz for $100
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If cash is tight, you could buy the athlon II x3 425... 3 cores is still amazing performance, and you'd save yourself another $20. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...15073&CatId=22

EDIT: If you have a heatsink already, here's the OEM version for $62 : http://cgi.ebay.com/ATHLON-II-X3-425...ht_2645wt_1165

Also, look into the Phenom II x2 550, If your mobo is capable of unlocking the extra cores, that'd get you a black edition quad core phenom II at 3.1 GHz for $100
My motherboard is newer than the biostars and ASRocks that can enable the 4th core so it uses a different method when enabling ACC. so i cant enable a 4th core

I was thinking that the Phenom II 710 might have better performance because of its 6mb cache, considering my motherboard can handle the higher reference clock, i could probably get atleast 3.5ghz stable.. idk three cores seems alittle weird to me

But the propus can hit 3.6-3.8ghz when overclocked but it doesnt have the 6mb L3 and it might not even hit 3.6 on my setup but if it did, it would surpass the 710 because of the extra thread.

idk im gonna try to find a benchmark to see the 620 propus' performance at 3.6ghz
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I'd get a 720, not a 710 personally, so you get the unlocked cpu multiplier.

EDIT: IDK if you'd be ok buying a used cpu, but this seems like a good deal. http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-Phenom-X4-98...#ht_500wt_1182
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