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Isn't BD out some time this month? If it is you should get one of those Or wait until it is released and then get a 955 for cheaper
    
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I wouldn't suggest getting a phenom 2 now, get something as a placeholder that wont cost you too much till BD comes out (like athlon 250 or even sempron - you can very often unlock those), unless you know that you'll be able to sell your 955.

An athlon 250 will match that 9600GT as well, until you get a newer GPU. Unless you play lots of RTS's or GTAIV, the cpu won't influence the performance.

Also as others said, see if you can go more budget-oriented with your motherboard, while still having AM3+, ASRock was mentioned, they have great boards too.

Further, if you decide to go phenom, check your PSU; is it an LC Power unit? Those are no-name and pretty bad.
Anyway, good luck
Edited by Waltibaba - 10/4/11 at 1:46am
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post #13 of 16
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Shame, I can hardly spend more than 200€ :/
Searched every local shop/eshop in my region, the generic Corsair RAMs of 1600Mhz will be +20€, and the Vengeance edition is off the charts for me, about 60-80€ more.
So I'll go for generic Corsair of 1333Mhz 4GB (2x2GB)

As for my N9600GT, it's an overclocked version
Specs | Default | Max
Core Clock | 700Mhz > 910Mhz
Shader Clk | 1680Mhz > 2185Mhz
Memory Clk| 950Mhz > 1235Mhz
512MB GDDR3 256bit
Unified Shader Processors: 64

using MSI Afterburner
If it's gonna bottleneck ,it's not a big concern for now, when the army is over for me, I'll get a new GPU.

@yuksel911
970 extreme 4, I did a little search and it seems that it's not sold in Greece.

@andrews2547
I already got the Phenom 955, bought it a week before as I mentioned in the thread

@Waltibaba
Till Bulldozer's out, I'll be already in the army

But when I return, there's a big possibility that I'll get a job, and get paid around 500-600€ each month, so won't be a big deal to upgrade (Bulldozer, new GPU, new PSU etc)
In general, the 200€ I'm spending now, seem worth the upgrade.
post #14 of 16
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Since the GA-990FXA-UD3 hasn't arrived yet at the shop, I consider buying GA-990XA-UD3. Only difference is the SLI/CrossFire x16 for the 990FXA and x8 for the 990XA. Minor difference imo, about 20 € less for the 990XA.
I need some opinions on this
post #15 of 16
Don't know if this is still up for discussion, but with the recent turn of events, you could go with AM3 and save a little. Maybe look into some ASRock boards, they're usually good value. You should be able to get a good board with SLI/CF capability for round 80 euros (not sure how strong your markup in Greece is, with inflation etc.).

The 990XA still seems a bit much for your needs. Also, you are correct there is no noticeable difference between x8 and x16 PCIe, not even with 6990/gtx590.
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I've already bought the 990XA
The system is already up and running 3 days now.
I am completely satisfied atm, every game I've tried so far runs perfectly @ high/ultra settings.
Everything else runs perfect too, applications etc
I am also impressed by my old GPU, 3 years old and still that old fart runs everything so smooth , it's probably one of my best buys so far
Future upgrades; new PSU (Corsair probably) as I want to overclock the 955 more, push it to 4Ghz at least
-CPU cooler
-and maybe a new GPU. How about the EVGA GTX550 Ti?
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