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I currently have $300 to spend towards upgrades for my system. What should I upgrade? I was thinking about getting a new PSU, new mobo, and possibly a 955, since the game I play the most, BC2, is very CPU intensive, a CPU upgrade would be better for me than a gfx card upgrade.
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Buy a new Asus or gigabyte mobo that has an unlock ability and see if you can turn you 555 into a quad core. Then, sell you psu and buy yourself a decent non modular 500w+ psu. Finally, sell you 5670 and upgrade to a 6000 series gpu. I would say between 6770 and 6870 or a nvidia GPU in the GTX 4/560 area.
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post #3 of 8
the board has acc
but i wouldnt try unlocking with it

get a 870 board with 4+1 or better power phase and try unlocking it

a better psu, im suprised it hasnt blown up with the 5670 yet

how is your ram configured?
3x2g = its in single channel mode
2x2g+2x1g? = dual channel mode (if its a c2 your at 1333 no matter what speeds they are)
either way there are 8g 2x4g 1600 kits for around $75 on newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2%20x%204GB%29
post #4 of 8
This board uses a really weak 2+1 phase... I don't recommend any unlocking of any sort on it, nor running any other 125W TDP processor such as the 955.
Get a better motherboard with a QUALITY 4+1 phase with decent cooling, or better.
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Get a new PSU first and foremost then go from there.
I have This PSU and can honestly say I love it.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
This board uses a really weak 2+1 phase... I don't recommend any unlocking of any sort on it, nor running any other 125W TDP processor such as the 955.
Get a better motherboard with a QUALITY 4+1 phase with decent cooling, or better.
Is the Asus M4A78T-E good? The site says it has an 8+1 phase. One thing I like about that motherboard is that the PCIE slot is in the same place as my Biostar one, so I won't have to break a PCI slot cover off, and leave one empty.

I also plan on getting a Corsair CX430, and a Phenom II 955. I know about the Bulldozers, and their probably going to be out of my budget anyways, so I'm going to get a 955 and OC it.
Edited by andydam - 6/9/11 at 11:02pm
post #7 of 8
thats a good very board

if your 555 unlocks to x4 and is stable, there is no diff between the 955, (minus core temp sensors)

im no psu pro, but get atleast a 600w, for pleanty of room for future upgrades
post #8 of 8
I would find someone to buy your stuff first. Take that $300 make it $600. Then upgrade the more money you have better parts your gonna be able to get and you will not be disappointed. To many time I have seen people do and upgrade and say dam I should of gotten that. lol Just food for thought! I would get a new Mb, Cpu, power supply and maybe better memory depends on what your running now. Gl with your upgrade
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