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So I start grad school this august and do a bit of light gaming - fps games are really my thing, but I have purchased fable3 and witcher2 as well. Will a 4890 at 990/1175 (or 1075, I can't recall and I am not at my computer right now) hold me over for the next 3 years or so? I recently picked up an asus vg236he 120hz 3d monitor and would probably prefer (if I should upgrade) to go the nvidia route for the 3d features (I am aware I would need to purchase a 3d kit). Do you all think that I should upgrade to like a 460/470 or holdout another 3 years and just do a complete system overhaul at that point?
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post #2 of 11
Assuming that the parts last 3 more years, I would say hold off. In grad school you want have time for heavy gaming anyways. But if you did get a 460/470 now, then that would for sure let you last another 3 years.
post #3 of 11
A 4890 is about the level of a GTX275, right?

You should pair your system with a GTX560 Ti for a nice system bump that's on par with your platform and not too expensive. Don't buy 400 series at this point.

Your current rig is not going to make it 3 years in gaming on your new monitor, I'll tell you that for a fact. When the new CPU storm is over and the 2500/2600K (hopefully) drop price, do a full platform upgrade.
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post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
I would have thought a 560 would be a bit too much for a 955BE?

Could always sell my 4890, but not sure the price on those anymore.
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post #5 of 11
about 100$ depending on the condition of the 4890. im trying to sell mine locally
    
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post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Whatcha upgrading to?
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrekt View Post
I would have thought a 560 would be a bit too much for a 955BE?
Nope.
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post #8 of 11
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Cool - well I'll probably keep my eyes out for a price drop and pick one up in the next few months. Now just to make sure my PSU still has two 6 pin connectors free. I believe my 4890 uses a 6 and a 2...
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrekt View Post
Whatcha upgrading to?
im going to a Asus 580 CUII and after i get a new PSU im gonna OC my CPU as much as i can, well try for 3.5+ and then get some more ram and i should be good for a another year or more before i need a new CPU or mobo. i need to sell my 4890 or find some cash cause i think i wanna get a 650W+ psu cause i dont think ill ever SLI/Crossfire. depending i might get a 750W+ it all depends on how much cash i can scrape up lol


EDIT: you wanna go crossfire 4890
    
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post #10 of 11
Get yourself a 560 Ti / 6950 / 570.
That 4890 is really going to start showing it's age in 1yr + if you're primarily playing FPSs
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