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Hello all, I've decided to get back into pc gaming, however I have a few questions. Right now I have an Athlon X4 620 on a ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO with OCZ 4 gigs DDR3 1066. To save money, I was thinking of keeping the processor but upgrading to an ATX motherboard, preferable Asus. Specifically, I have my eye on the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO (Yes, I'm a fan of Asus motherboards) for the easier to work with size and more OC options. For memory, I'm not sure what would be good for overclocking, however I'm pretty sure something a bit faster would be better. And last, for the video card I'm interested in the HD 4890. I will sell my mobo to a friend who asked me to build him a cheap rig anyway.

As for prices, I don't want to spend much more than 100 for the motherboard, no extra money for the cpu (besides better than stock cooling) and not much over 200 for the gpu.

A few things I should say to finish:
ATM I am not interested in crossfire, USB 3.0, SATA 6gb/s, Direct X 11
post #2 of 9
Your current system specs look pretty good already. I'd just buy yourself the GPU. The 4890 is a nice card, also, look into the 5770 as you sacrifice a bit of power(maybe not with overclocking and later drivers) for dx11. If you decide not to get a new mobo, you could put that extra 100 dollars to your gpu and get yourself a 5850.

Also, is your cpu overclocked?
Edited by Smykster - 3/9/10 at 11:36am
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Your current system specs look pretty good already. I'd just buy yourself the GPU. The 4890 is a nice card, also, look into the 5770 as you sacrifice a bit of power(maybe not with overclocking and later drivers) for dx11. If you decide not to get a new mobo, you could put that extra 100 dollars to your gpu and get yourself a 5850.

Also, is your cpu overclocked?
No, it's still using the stock cooler. Can't say that I really want to keep the 785g, it's a bit cramped for video and sound cards plus I was under the impression that mATX boards suck for OCing
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No, it's still using the stock cooler. Can't say that I really want to keep the 785g, it's a bit cramped for video and sound cards plus I was under the impression that mATX boards suck for OCing
You won't know until you try. My fathers rig is using a 785g mATX with an athlon x2 regor, OCed without voltage changesfrom 2.8ghz to 3.5ghz.
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You won't know until you try. My fathers rig is using a 785g mATX with an athlon x2 regor, OCed without voltage changesfrom 2.8ghz to 3.5ghz.
True true.. maybe I'm just biased towards a full size mobo. Either way I will have to get a mobo for my friend, I figured I'd get rid of mine and get an easier one to work with. I looked into the 5770's, but I feel that would be a downgrade compared to a 4890. I figure when DX 11 is the norm is when I'll upgrade to a DX 11 card
post #6 of 9
a wise choice my friend. i'm not upgrading until DX11 is every game, so i HAVE to do it lol. for now, maybe a GST250 will suit your needs? and maybe this board? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-398-_-Product ? since you like the evo's =]
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a wise choice my friend. i'm not upgrading until DX11 is every game, so i HAVE to do it lol. for now, maybe a GST250 will suit your needs? and maybe this board? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-398-_-Product ? since you like the evo's =]
Well I wanted something to run games at 1080p (sorry for the omission) and I am a big ATI fanboy, besides everything from nvidia is overpriced right now anyway That motherboard looks nice, but I don't see much of a difference other than the integrated video so I'm not sure which one would be the better choice
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a wise choice my friend. i'm not upgrading until DX11 is every game, so i HAVE to do it lol. for now, maybe a GST250 will suit your needs? and maybe this board? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-398-_-Product ? since you like the evo's =]
The M4A79XTD EVO would be better IMO
    
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I know you say that you aren't interested in the USB3 and SATA3 stuff, but how about the new 890GX chipset, surely it would make more sense to go for that now? And of course you have got it their if you want to upgrade in the future.
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