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Hmmm, thinking of upgrading my rig with my next paycheck. Would have around $200 approx. then what I can get for selling the old hardware.

Thinking of either this for a processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103526

Motherboard: (Might get off of ebay for cheap)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136009

Video card:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161029

If I go with the mother board would it be effective just to get another little x1300 for XFire till DX10 or won't I see any improvements?
And would my proc ATM be limiting any of my games?

PS thought I'd put this on AMD since they're either AMD, Owned my AMD (ATI) , or uses chips owned by AMD (ATI chipset)
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id go dual core
    
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Ok, first and foremost, you'll need two cards from the same 'family' to run Crossfire. Thus, only the following combinations will work:
  • X1950PRO + X1950PRO (first high end card that does not require a Crossfire Edition card)
  • X1950 Crossfire Edition + X1950XTX (any X1900 card will work also)
  • X1900 Crossfire Edition + any X1900
  • X1800 Crossfire Edition + any X1800
  • Two X1600 family cards
  • Two X1300 family cards

Thus, X1900GT + X1300 would not work.

Also, regarding the CPU, take a look at an Opteron 165 for $159.99. Dual Core, and with some luck on the stepping, you might hit 3.0 GHz. Check around which steppings are good, and if any vendors has those steppings right now.
    
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I'd be looking into gaming mostly, however when more games get dual-core optimized then I would go opty, but is it better then the FX-55?
Edit for Chozart: Knew that much, but if I got that card I wouldn't have enough for the board, so no XFire .
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I'd get the Opteron. I don't think the FX55 will a whole lot higher than 3.0GHz either, and with the Opty you have the advantage of dual core (right now not many games, but several, including the patched Oblivion, do support dual core, and expect more in the future).

Ok, sorry. Just a little confused about your post. You listed an X1900GT and then stated that you wanted a X1300 for Crossfire.... made me think you wanted to combine them both

Single X1900GT beats Crossfire X1300's easily. Get the X1900GT.
    
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post #6 of 14
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So that's the way for the cpu, but I want to get my games running smooth first, so wouldn't a better gpu be the first step? Or a new motherboard (since right now its limiting my OC as much as anything)
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Originally Posted by biatchi
id go dual core
already linked chozart lol pwned
    
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how pwned? because we recommend the same CPU?

The FX55 will not give you a lot of advantage over the 3700+ San Diego you currently have. I'd start out with the video card, since that will give you the best bang for your buck and the best improvement to your rig. Second would be the motherboard, and finally the CPU, for which a dual core is the best pick.

If you in the future don't plan to go Crossfire with high-end cards, I would look for a Lanparty Ultra D for $104.99. One of the best overclocking boards there is. If you do plan Crossfire in the future, then the DFI board you linked is a good pick.
    
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post #9 of 14
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For over all performance would it be wise to get the x1900 gpu or the XFire motherboard and put in another x1300. Good overall with better board for OCin and another card, or would it be better just to stick with the sucky board and have the x1900?
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post #10 of 14
For gaming: get the X1900GT in your current board, and then later upgrade the board for something like the DFI Lanparty Ultra D. Two X1300's in a excellent board will not deliver the same gaming performance.

CPU performance will of course be better in the high-end board, since you can overclock more.

Again, I recommend the X1900GT in your current rig for vastly improved gaming performance. Your motherboard will still annoy you abit, but if you do it the other way around, the X1300'x will keep annoying you.
    
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