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I have a xfx 4890, an i7 920.....i'm trying to get a good solid upgrade, do you think this will be a good upgrade? I would definitely want some opinions.

CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115224

GPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150531



If you guys have any other suggestions post them, because I need to make sure I get a solid upgrade by september.

Thanks,
Snow
Edited by snow cakes - 6/1/11 at 2:16pm
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The GPU is a good upgrade, but the CPU isn't.

That CPU is basically the exact same as your 920 and you won't really notice any difference between the two.
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so would there be a solid choice for a CPU upgrade at this point? or do you think i could hold off on the CPU at this point.
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so would there be a solid choice for a CPU upgrade at this point? or do you think i could hold off on the CPU at this point.
Seeing as you've got a 920 with tri channel memory, going sandybridge wouldn't be much of an upgrade and neither would a hexacore 970 (unless you can really use 6 cores and 12 threads)

So I think you have three choices.

1) Wait for bulldozer in 3 months time and see if it pwns your 920/sandybridge, if not skip it.

2) Wait for intels X79 chipset (with quad channel memory!) early next year

3) Wait for sandybridge e-series 6 core cpus next year (which will be compatible with current SB 1155 motherboards)

I reckon number 2 will give you the best upgrade as your cpu is still a powerhouse. But its months away.

In the meantime as hobicat said, the GPU upgrade looks like the best option
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I definitely agree with the above posters. Get the new GPU and if you want to improve your CPU, overclock it
Edited by Waffleboy - 6/1/11 at 6:59pm
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post #6 of 12
Forget the 960 as said above and spring for the MSI Hawk 6970.
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post #7 of 12
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thanks this is really helping me out...this is out of the ballpark, but do you think battlefield 3 will be able to be maxed out on my PC if I just get the GPU upgrade to the 6970?
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If you're gaming at 1080p with a quad-core rig, I think if you can overclock to ~3-3.5ghz, you'll probably be able to max the game out. If BF3 is anything like BFBC2 (frostbite 2.0 from frostbite 1.5) you will be pushing your CPU to the limit. Not that BFBC2 is soft on the GPU, but it definitely needs CPU horsepower. I played it with my old Q9300 overclocked to 3.2ghz, and the game was fine and I enjoyed it, but I noticed that whatever qualms I had with it went away immediately when I added SB.

If you're looking to upgrade, I wouldn't hesitate to go SB since there are some fantastic deals to be had right now. ECS had a deal with their facebook page that you could get a brand new high-end P67 mobo for ~$100, and you can often find 2500Ks for the $200 range. That's a winning combo to me, and the price is right, and you'll likely only lose ~$100 when you go to resell it in a few years time. And it's just a hair over the price you were going to drop on the CPU anyway.
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what about this..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115079
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