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post #1 of 11
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So, here's my current setup:

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227503
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103706
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150462
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341016
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138163


I shopped around for a few weeks about a year and a half ago and bought it for $600 (the non-graphics intensive stuff included, and that's with no monitor/keyboard/mouse/headphones). I felt I had done well, that it was a good system and played BFBC2 with very good settings at very good frames, and I had got it all through a pretty good price.

I had imagined (and planned) that this PC would last me all the way through college (I have 2 semesters left, a senior now, was a sophmore then). And by last, I mean play modern games at good speeds. However, I've looked around and the prevailing consensus seems to be that my 5770 just won't cut it at decent settings on games like BF3. That, combined with the new development that I just got SWTOR beta access, and that my 5770 is awaiting a replacement fan, got me thinking about upgrading my graphics card now.

I was looking at the 6950 or GTX 560 Ti. Through another post on these forums, I learned that my 500w PSU would take the upgrade well. However, they recommended upgrading my CPU when BD comes out, which is in a few months (I wouldn't get BD, just wait for the prices for current good CPUs to drop) because that caliber GPU would be bottlenecked by the CPU. While my frame rates would definitely improve, and it would definitely be able to run games like BF3, it wouldn't be ideal. And also, when I upgraded the CPU, I may have to get a new/better PSU to support the expansion.


tl:dr
I have assumed (to myself) that buying a new, good PC every 2-3 years would be the best course of action. By "best" I mean, cost effective, and able to play modern video games. However, this course of action I am thinking about would be a more slow, rolling upgrade of my PC as time goes on to match current games.

So basically, which do you think is best (cost-effective in the coming decade, able to play modern games)

Sorry this is so long, I added a tl:dr

Thanks for your time!
Edited by kire - 8/5/11 at 5:30pm
post #2 of 11
All links are broken with ...'s

As far as upgrade path. I think picking a decent cpu/board and ram in the beginning is a great idea and will usually lasts a few years. however, on the graphics front, a new card everytime you need it seems to be the way the wall is pushed over on top of us.
Edited by Xinoxide - 8/5/11 at 5:25pm
post #3 of 11
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All links are broken with ...'s
This, for me its just saying bad request..?

If you've got an older rig on 775, I'd say sell it and put the money towards a new rig but I'm not sure what you've got until the links are fixed.
post #4 of 11
I can't see what psu you got...ur links don't work.

But ... a GTX 560 Ti / 6950 will be fine on a 500 watt psu...given its a good psu..it its some generic one then I won't advice to it.

I would look into the 2gb versions...and also get the GTX 560 Ti they are just a strong performer...

Either way if you plan to SLI/CF you would need at least a good 650 watt psu for either one.
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post #5 of 11
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fixed, sorry
post #6 of 11
Your board supports bulldozer, and your PSU will push a NEW mid-range card just fine.

also your mobo link is the psu again. but i assume since you have DDR3 and an AMD cpu you can do a drop in upgrade.
post #7 of 11
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Your board supports bulldozer, and your PSU will push a NEW mid-range card just fine.

also your mobo link is the psu again. but i assume since you have DDR3 and an AMD cpu you can do a drop in upgrade.
fixed that too
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fixed that too
If your board doesn't receive a bios update for bulldozer microcode you may need a new one.

however your system can be brought up to speed without sacrificing it to the mhz gods.
post #9 of 11
isn't his board only support AM3 socket? and not the AM3+ socket? So he can't just drop a BD cpu into the board.

If you were to get the gpu upgrade now....your cpu will be bottleneck of your system so you might not able to use the gpu to the full potential until your cpu/mobo upgrade
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isn't his board only support AM3 socket? and not the AM3+ socket? So he can't just drop a BD cpu into the board.

If you were to get the gpu upgrade now....your cpu will be bottleneck of your system so you might not able to use the gpu to the full potential until your cpu/mobo upgrade

BD is pin compatible. A bios update is all thats needed for the chip to work in his board. however some power saving features will be lost from what ive read.
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