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Currect CPU

Processor - Intel Q9550 OC @ 3.4GHz
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
Video - Sapphire 4890 1GB
Monitor - Samsung 22" LCD 1650x1050
RAM - Mushkin 4GB DD2 800
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Power - Corsair HX520
Audio - Asus Xonar Essence ST
Mouse - Logitech G700
Controller - Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter and Controller
Headphone - Sennheiser HD 650
Case - Antec 900
CD/DVD Drive

Need another pair of eyes on this. What would OC do?
Appreciate your help and support.
Looking forward to your recommendations.
This holiday release schedule looks to be one of the best.
And I want to be ready. Hyped!
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Do you want to stay with Intel, because personally, I would wait for Bulldozer to be released.

If you're upgrading now the best thing is to go SB (2500k), 8GB DDR3, 6950/70 or 570, SSD, a 1080p or higher monitor.
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If your trying to keep your budget to a minimum I would just get a new video card like a 6970, or 570 and an ssd. Your processor and board and memory are still more than capable.

If you are going all out and plan to buy a whole new rig, I would get a 2500k or 2600k. Also, if you wanted you could probably find 1366 or 1156 gear for dirt cheap right now. Everyone is dumping there old gear to go sandy bridge and I have seen some i7-860's go for dirt cheap. 920's too for that matter. That previous gen chips are still more than capable. I would go with what will provide you the greatest upgrade with the least amount of money.

IMO there is absolutely no point in waiting for bulldozer.
Edited by AliceInChains - 8/7/11 at 6:56am
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post #4 of 4
i suggest keep ur current rig and
1) oc that cpu to 4ghz.

2) get a new gfx card like hd6950 or gtx 560ti(gtx 570 isn't worth the money)
and do sli or crossfire down the line.

3) get a ssd at least 40gb for ur operating system.

4) get a new psu at least 750 watt for accomodating future sli/crossfire option.

do all these and u r set for another 2 years.

and imo no need to change monitor also..the lesser the resolution the more ur gfx cards will last u....
Edited by ghost_z - 8/7/11 at 7:01am
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