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Old 04-23-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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What would be a better upgrade for my computer, a Phenom II X4 (3.2 GHz), or a GTX 285? I plan on getting both but I want to get one first before the other.

My current system runs an 8800 GT and an Athlon 64 X2 (2.6 GHz)
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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What motherboard is this going into?
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:58 PM   #3
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GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128387

I know it's a crossfire board, but I'm not planning on ever running 2 cards since my monitor has a max res of 1680x1050 and I don't believe I'll need 2 cards to run any of my favorite games at max res.
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ohhh
well you got a good board
i would get the CPU first
more info moving is better then more visual horsepower
then get your card
that way your GPU wont lag or stutter much due to not enough info from your CPU
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:16 PM   #5
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Yea, grab the CPU first. You can take advantage of the higher through put and performance of the AM3 chip.
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You really won't need a GTX 285 for that resolution. It would be a wasted purchase. I don't want to offend you. A Core 216 would do you wonders.

Currently the best Core 216 deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130434

A new processor would be a smart investment. You could get the GPU first and see how that treats you. Games still do very well with a dual core. You could upgrade to a quad down the road whenever it becomes a necessity.
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Phenom II X4 (3.2 GHz)
The new 955, right?

Like Rohan said, you don't really need a GTX 285 for 1680x1050, you're not playing at a particularly high res.

Perhaps you could draw a line between the two and go with both a new CPU and a new GPU. The X3 720 BE and a GTX 260/HD 4870 perhaps?
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The new 955, right?

Like Rohan said, you don't really need a GTX 285 for 1680x1050, you're not playing at a particularly high res.

Perhaps you could draw a line between the two and go with both a new CPU and a new GPU. The X3 720 BE and a GTX 260/HD 4870 perhaps?
lots of good advice in this thread from rohan and worshipme...
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lots of good advice in this thread from rohan and worshipme...
Thank you.

With the very low price of a Core 216 and the Phenom prices already low, you can get both right now like worshipme suggested.

Save yourself money and get the 940 and overclock it. It's going to perform the same.

Both black editions.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:59 AM   #10
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So the 285 is overkill... Alright thanks guys, I guess I'll go with the processor first. On a final note, what ATI card can I get that would run most games today at max settings at 1680x1050 (not talking crysis). I think I'll do that so if in the future I get a bigger monitor I can just stick in another card and run crossfire.
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The 4870 would be your best bet. You can go with either the 512MB or the 1GB version. Go with whatever is cheaper.

Here you go.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161268
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Yeah, the GTX 285 is very overkill for your resolustion. Is there any reason why you want to go with ATI over Nvidia? But in any case, this 4830 is roughly equal in power to the 9800/ 8800 line of Nvidia cards. Even though I prefer Nvidia personally, for $75 after MIR, this card cannot beat. And yeah, it's crossfire enabled so it'll work for crossfire on your motherboard later.
Although I do agree with Rohan you should get a 4870 if you can. One single powerful card is going to be better than two less powerful cards.
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I would recommend going with an ATI HD 4870 1GB or 512mb GPU. I've done a lot of research and the 4870 can hang in there with the best of nvidia. Plus the ram is gDDR5 which really doesn't mean too much at the resolution you'll be playing at (same as mine actually) but if you were to ever get a higher resolution monitor, you'd definitely appreciate having that faster ram and a larger quanitity (1GB).

Also, I don't have a problem with a core 216 GTX 260 if you would want to go that route. Personally I don't know too much about the 285 so i'm keeping my mouth shut about it. I'll be looking in to those new AMD Phenoms... Does anyone think the prices on them will drop in the next week or so? Don't know if it'd be worth it to pay about 40-50$ more for .2 GHz over the 940.
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He would want to go ATI since his board is Crossfire compatible. A single 4870 would be a great card for gaming. Stick with the 1GB just in case you upgrade down the road. Plus, another 1GB would be sweet in Crossfire.

What power supply do you have?
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I'm running a 600w power supply right now, but I'm going to upgrade it because I really don't trust it (my old one fried so I just picked up a generic one at J&R) so if you guys can recommend a power supply that can also handle the crossfire setup I would greatly appreciate it.
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Well im pretty sure a 600W PSU will work. If you eventually plan on going dual 4870s, then i might be leaning towards a 650 or a 700 but I think a 600 would even work.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%20750

That will do you well and it's one of the best power supplies on the market.
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That will do you well and it's one of the best power supplies on the market.
Yup, no doubt. That will ensure you enough power for a while to come.
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ATI recommends at least a 600W power supply to run the HD 4870 in Crossfire.

You can get a really nice 700W unit like the OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W for $89.99 ($69.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) w/ Free Shipping.
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