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Well I might work with my dad this summer (key word: MIGHT) so i might get some spare cash. I was thinking of a summer upgrade, assuming i might spend around 300 dollars. I was thinking about something along these lines:

Asus 780G Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131273

Sapphire 3850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102715

A-DATA 2GB Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211272

The A-Data Ram will be bought to put into old my backup computer that will be made from the things i am replacing. My current XMS2 ram will be put in this new mobo instead. Also i will be getting my supplies from Canadacomputers.com, so im limited to those products only. Im using newegg since to show you guys only because most of you use that i assume.

Anyways, you guys think its a good upgrade? If not, what would be better? I dont want to switch to Intel, since i want to keep my current cpu.

Thanks, Shibbz.
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Why the mATX format? those boards often have limited capabilities and overclocking features.
    
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For $300, I would get a new PSU, a New Mobo, and a new Graphics card. Save the "backup rig" for later. I'll see what I can cook up.

OK, here's what I could do for a little over $300:

500W Thermaltake PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&sku=T925-1177
XFX 8600GT XXX: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&sku=P450-8672
MSI K9A2: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&sku=M452-6002

That adds up to around $325 with shipping. The K9A2 would be upgradeable to an AM2+ CPU later, the PSU supports higher end components, and the 8600GT, while not top of the line by any means, would be a good upgrade from the x1650.
Edited by pow3rtr1p - 6/3/08 at 6:22pm
    
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Right, if u r buying a hd3850 then go for a better ATX mobo with 790x or 790fx or at least a 770 chipset based board.
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Thanks! Yea i guess i can save the backup rig for later. Would the 8600 be better than the 3850? Or is it because im limited with my budget?
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post #6 of 15
Should give a thought on 3850 or 8800GS.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/E...800_GS/20.html
Edited by linskingdom - 6/4/08 at 4:39am
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Originally Posted by shibbiness View Post
Thanks! Yea i guess i can save the backup rig for later. Would the 8600 be better than the 3850? Or is it because im limited with my budget?
more so due to budget limitations.

if you don't do much in the way of overclocking, mATX is fine.. I'd personally say save the pennies where you can and get the best GPU that you can afford (read: try to go for the 3850 if at all possible )
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post #8 of 15
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With that mobo and the PSU i can get the 3850. Luckily those 3 things are available at Candacomputers, heres the links.

3850:
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php...id=999.243.272

TT PSU:
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php...437&cid=PS.808

MSI-K9A2:
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php...198&cid=MB.350

Total:$313 , no shipping (retail store)

Also the 3850 256MB is like 15 bucks cheaper, but the 512 is the way to go right?
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Yeah, definitely go for the 512

P.S: K9A2's are nice boards.. friend of mine put together a real snappy system around one.. nice choice
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Cool that you got a 3850 to fit in the budget. Should be a nice rig, after that upgrade.
    
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