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post #1 of 15
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Okay, here's my predicament. I would like to upgrade my sig rig. I can only afford to buy one part at a time, depending on bills for the month. Seeing that, would it make more sense going the Bulldozer route, buy a good mobo, stick my Phenom II in it, and then get a Bulldozer CPU. OR, get a 1155 mobo, then eventually get a CPU, then etc, etc, etc.

What do you guys think?
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go 1155, bulldozer isnt worth your money at this point, it has such bad price/performance.
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post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post
go 1155, bulldozer isnt worth your money at this point, it has such bad price/performance.
I know that's the case, but is it really that bad? For example, would it even be that much of an upgrade for my 965BE?

Remember, since I can only buy one part at a time, if I go the 1155 route, it would be months before I can use the shiny things I get.
post #4 of 15
What motherboard do you have now? Do you want/need a video card?
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What motherboard do you have now? Do you want/need a video card?
ASUS M3A76-CM mATX board. And yeah, will probably get a 6000 series when the 7000 series comes out, so I will probably pick up a cheapo card to tide me until then (if the board has no onboard video).
post #6 of 15
What range of CPUs would you upgrade to if you do? If you would just be looking at the lower-end Bulldozer or Sandy Bridge chips, I'd say just stick with your 965 and grab a new board and RAM. On the other hand, if you want to go for a high-end setup, a 2500K build would be my choice.

Honestly, unless you really need to upgrade now, I'd say just wait and try to save enough for a more comprehensive upgrade. Making individual purchases isn't really a practical route to take, since you don't have much to build on.
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What range of CPUs would you upgrade to if you do? If you would just be looking at the lower-end Bulldozer or Sandy Bridge chips, I'd say just stick with your 965 and grab a new board and RAM. On the other hand, if you want to go for a high-end setup, a 2500K build would be my choice.

Honestly, unless you really need to upgrade now, I'd say just wait and try to save enough for a more comprehensive upgrade. Making individual purchases isn't really a practical route to take, since you don't have much to build on.
I was thinking a 2500K build and/or the 8120 (I think that's the one around 200$) Bulldozer CPU.

Maybe I should stick it out, but I am getting that itch that needs to be satisfied.
post #8 of 15
I understand. Personally I'd go with Intel, which means you'll need the CPU, motherboard, and RAM, none of which will work with what you have now. I might actually say looking for a good deal on a video card might be the most practical upgrade for now to tide you over until you can afford the former components.
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Honestly, unless you really need to upgrade now, I'd say just wait and try to save enough for a more comprehensive upgrade. Making individual purchases isn't really a practical route to take, since you don't have much to build on.
I'll disagree with this, I had a PII x4 955 BE build, and saw an i5-2500K + GA-z68ma-d2h-b3 mATX mobo go on sale for an insanely good price at Microcenter. Fortunately my RAM was compatible, so I just migrated all my components over.

Couple weeks later a modular OCZ PSU went on sale, which worked great for my mATX case.. and then today I just purchased a 560Ti (OC) Twin Frozr to replace my exceedingly hot GTX 470.

You can upgrade component-by-component and still have a functional machine.

After seeing the BD benchmarks, I immediately decided to go i5. Noticeably better framerates in CPU heavy games like SC2.
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I'll disagree with this, I had a PII x4 955 BE build, and saw an i5-2500K + GA-z68ma-d2h-b3 mATX mobo go on sale for an insanely good price at Microcenter. Fortunately my RAM was compatible, so I just migrated all my components over.

Couple weeks later a modular OCZ PSU went on sale, which worked great for my mATX case.. and then today I just purchased a 560Ti (OC) Twin Frozr to replace my exceedingly hot GTX 470.

You can upgrade component-by-component and still have a functional machine.

After seeing the BD benchmarks, I immediately decided to go i5. Noticeably better framerates in CPU heavy games like SC2.
I agree with this. If he can nail down what he wants in his upgraded build, there's nothing wrong with jumping on deals if he finds them, and purchasing parts individually. But since he doesn't seem to be sure whether to go with Intel or stick with AMD, figuring that out is the first priority. I just don't want him to buy an AM3+ motherboard just because he has a Phenom II, and then end up stuck with AMD and regretting it.
Edited by t-ramp - 10/25/11 at 9:13am
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