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I am currently running my sig rig, the specifications are found below.


I have been looking at several parts to purchase, and seeing as christmas is right around the corner, which of the two should I upgrade?

My GPU which is currently a Radeon HD6870.

My HDD to an SSD which was what I was looking at for upgrade initially.

My CPU which is an AMD Phenom II X4 965BE @ 4.0GHz at the moment.
post #2 of 11
1) i would go for an SSD, once you have one and see how amazing they are you will be glad you did
2) maybe GPU to a 7850 or 7870 or if you have the cash 79xx card
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Question about solid states, now. I'm planning on buying a low-capacity, high speed SSD, and I am going to use my current hard drive to store all the data. Would the SSD require a copy of windows? I assume that it also requires partitioning, as well.
post #4 of 11

Make motherboard your FIRST and, if necessary, ONLY priority and get something with proper 125W TDP support.

post #5 of 11
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The motherboard /does/ have proper 125TDP support on an AM3+ Socket. I don't see what you're talking about, please correct me if I am wrong.

PS: The overclock displayed on my sig is not active, I run the processor on it's native 3.4GHz frequency.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

Make motherboard your FIRST and, if necessary, ONLY priority and get something with proper 125W TDP support.

Whoops, you seem to be right. Since I first got the motherboard, I have ceased overclocking, which should help with the whole wattage situation, but what exactly are the risks with running a 125W processor on a motherboard with no proper support? Is it just risky, or not reccomended, or dangerous?
post #7 of 11
Your upgrade path is going to be determined on what you main focus is for you PC. If your more interested in gaming, a GPU would be your best option. An SSD would help with system startup/shutdown, map loads in games, application startup time, etc. A new processor would help as well, but as XD already stated, your motherboard does not fully support 125w TDP processors, so if you were to upgrade to a newer processor it would be best to get a new motherboard as well.

It all depends on what you use your PC for most. If you are a gamer, what games do you play?
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mattb2e View Post

Your upgrade path is going to be determined on what you main focus is for you PC. If your more interested in gaming, a GPU would be your best option. An SSD would help with system startup/shutdown, map loads in games, application startup time, etc. A new processor would help as well, but as XD already stated, your motherboard does not fully support 125w TDP processors, so if you were to upgrade to a newer processor it would be best to get a new motherboard as well.
It all depends on what you use your PC for most. If you are a gamer, what games do you play?

I do not play especially demanding games, so gaming wise, my computer is already sufficient for what I play. It is my overall computing experience that I would like to improve, and the durability of the computer and its hardware that I want to ensure. SSDs are far quicker and more durable than HDDs, so I think it is the path I should take.

Addressing the 125W TDP issue, my motherboard had a BIOS update recently that expanded support for Phenom II 96x processors, it detects and utilizes the processor just fine, and I have not had any problems with it thus far.
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I do not play especially demanding games, so gaming wise, my computer is already sufficient for what I play. It is my overall computing experience that I would like to improve, and the durability of the computer and its hardware that I want to ensure. SSDs are far quicker and more durable than HDDs, so I think it is the path I should take.
Addressing the 125W TDP issue, my motherboard had a BIOS update recently that expanded support for Phenom II 96x processors, it detects and utilizes the processor just fine, and I have not had any problems with it thus far.

With this said, a GPU upgrade would be pointless, unless you plan on playing some more demanding games in the future as they come out.

An SSD is nice, but only if your frequently used programs/games are installed to it. Keep this in mind when you look at some. I have a 128gb ssd with my web browser a few apps and BF3 installed to it, and I have 70gb's of free space. Everything else is on my hard disks. For most people a 128gb SSD is plenty, but with the prices coming down, I would try to find the highest capacity you can for the money you have.

Your motherboard may support your processor, but that would be at stock clocks. If you were to overclock, or upgrade to a higher TDP processor, you would need a new motherboard. I would trust XD on this matter, he knows more than most on this forum in regards to AMD systems, and motherboard failures due to design choices made by the manufacturer.
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SSD, with your resolution you don't need a better GPU. An SSD will blow your mind tongue.gif
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