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post #21 of 54

The HD 7750 does not even require a PCI-E power connector.  Its TDP estimated at just 50W and power consumption likely close to that.

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go be exact it barely needs 400wattsPSU wink.gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Get yourself one of the new Core i3 Sandy Bridge CPUs and a reasonable Z68 motherboard.
You won't regret it! thumb.gif

That would be a sidegrade at best.
post #24 of 54
The 7750 is a good choice too it has about the same performance in games as the 5770 but the 7750s drivers have a lot of time to mature and it runs cooler/draws less power. If your mobo has a pci 3.0 slot and IB cpu, when it comes out, then it will probably be better no proof out though.
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That would be a sidegrade at best.

What? The i3 in some cases outperforms the hexacore Phenom IIs, especially in single-threaded applications.

Its not a huge, life-changing upgrade from an Athlon 640, but it should be noticeable.
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The 7750 is a good choice too it has about the same performance in games as the 5770 but the 7750s drivers have a lot of time to mature and it runs cooler/draws less power. If your mobo has a pci 3.0 slot and IB cpu, when it comes out, then it will probably be better no proof out though.
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Get yourself one of the new Core i3 Sandy Bridge CPUs and a reasonable Z68 motherboard.
You won't regret it! thumb.gif

That would be a sidegrade at best.

Wut? The i3 performs better than a Phenom II in some cases.

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i most case you can say buddy redface.gif
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Thread Starter 
Wow! Thanks a lot to Tarun and Hobo for all their homework. It is very much appreciated! I checked out most of the parts and they seem pretty legit. I will go through all of it and post what would be a great pick and see what yall think. Keep on debating, this is really helpful and teaching me a lot! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Also I live in SLC, UT so I don't have a Micro Center close by...
Edited by NeverB4Seen - 2/24/12 at 8:30am
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So I did the research and I have

UltraHoboLord's machine:
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MOBO: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 - $64.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 Processor 545 AM3 - $75.99
GPU: MSI Cyclone 6850 1GB - $164.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $23.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1066 - $19.99
Total: $349.95 - $15.00 MIR = $334.95

And Tarun's machine:
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MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ - $59.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T - $124.99
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD6770 - $102.99
RAM: 8GB 1600Mhz RAM - $35.99
Total: $323.96 - $10.00 MIR = $313.96
(Let me know of any changes you two)

Mind you this is without shipping costs and I don't have a Micro Center near me so it must have internet orders. Both contestants are using: "www.newegg.com" and "www.superbiiz.com"

Anyone else want to throw their machine in for debate? $300 - $350 budget upgrade build...

*Note: I may not buy until the end of next week so we have more time to talk, although if you are projecting "limited time" sales and such make sure they'll last past next Friday... Again thanks a lot guys for the advise! I really really appreciate the help.
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