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my system :
Motherboard - Asus p5e
Cpu - Intel core2duo E8400 ( thermal take big typhoon 2 heatsink fan cooler ) ( stock - 3ghz i could oc to 3.4 with the aisuite software no problems )
Ram - OCZ gold 1066mhz 2x2gb ram.
GPU -Nvidia 9800gtx
Power supply - 800w gigabyte

my budget is about 500-750$
my upgrade plan is -
get water cooling.. with less maintenance so was thinking of getting a h70. ( i want to oc to 4ghz can i dot hat comfortably with the h70 ? ) will change the fans on it though for high performance ones. [about 110$]
New gpu - as you can see my gpu is pretty old so was planin on getting a gtx 580. i dont want to get 2x 460s because i will have to change my motherboard too for that and that would obviously add to cost since my motherboard only supports crossfire. [about 520$]
New case - need one lol. was thinking of the cooler master cm690 II advanced.

Maybe i should get some more ram. ? I have a corsair 3fan ram cooler.

How much of a performance upgrade will this setup give me. ? care to suggest any other upgrades ? or some changes in the upgrade?

what do you think will give me a better performance in my games.. ? a new processor and mobo and ram or gtx 580 (over clocked) and my cpu over clocked to 4ghz.. let me know it'll help me decide.. and i'm using a hdtv as my screen so the refresh rate is 60hz i guess that means i dont get over 60fps.. though im not totally sure bout that.. cause i get 60ps almost constant on street fighter IV and need for speed hot pursuit.


Please reply guys.. thanks..
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by pwadia View Post
my system :
Motherboard - Asus p5e
Cpu - Intel core2duo E8400 ( thermal take big typhoon 2 heatsink fan cooler ) ( stock - 3ghz i could oc to 3.4 with the aisuite software no problems )
You could go 4.0GHz and beyond via BIOS, and proper cooling.

As for your setup,

I would recommend a new GPU; something like a GTX460 or 5770-5830
I would recommend watercooling; however the h50 is cheaper and does the same job. (The h70 may drop the temp a few *C, not worth the money though)
I would recommend a new PSU; Corsair, or other Seasonic/Seasonic rebranded PSU.
I would also consider getting a Q9950, if it fits your budget. You'll by yourself a few years by upgrading to a quad core, not necessarily needed now though.

CPU Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115041
H50 Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-010-_-Product
PSU Link(s): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151088
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012
GPU Link(s): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125317
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130564
Edited by ZFedora - 12/7/10 at 1:49pm
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post #3 of 23
I personally think you have enough RAM. 4 GB is more than enough if all you are doing is playing games. If you are mostly a gamer, I would go with the new GPU. If not, I would honestly go with a new CPU.

Just wondering, what is your monitor resolution?
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post #4 of 23
You'll see a good chunk of a performance increase with the 580, but the rest of your system is unbalanced to go along with it. I don't know how that 1066 memory will stand up to 4GHz, nor is it guaranteed that you'll hit that high (do it with BIOS, not software. You'll see some bottlenecking as well. Unless you're really feeling the burn from the 9800, which is a fine card, I'd recommend upgrading the core components. Down the line, a card like the 580 will make much more sense.
post #5 of 23
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wow that was fast..

@ZFedora - i'll check the psu out what max watt though.. ? 800w good enough or maybe 1000w.. ?
I'am also considering Gainward's custom GTX 570 'Goes Like Hell' Edition.. seems promising..heres a link -
http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-g...n/10433-9.html

@mcnabbmc- i use my pc for mainly gaming and video edting.. and watching hd movies lol..

Thanks
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Since you video edit, which utilizes multiple cores, I would pick up a quad core CPU. For the sake of simplicity, I would get this CPU so you don't have to upgrade your motherboard.
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I personally think you have enough RAM. 4 GB is more than enough if all you are doing is playing games. If you are mostly a gamer, I would go with the new GPU. If not, I would honestly go with a new CPU.

Just wondering, what is your monitor resolution?
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post #8 of 23
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@ EfemaN - was thinking of upgrading the gpu, and get water cooling.. and later when i can save up enough get sandy bridge..

now i'm kinda thinking of gettin a h70 a case and a gtx 570/580 cause i might sli later.. and if i can use the h70 on the new processor too.. i'm preety sure i should be able to minght have to change the thermal paste but i think it should be usable on sandy bridge too.. let me know if this is possible..

and for now if i get a 580/570 or maybe even the 6970 can i use my 9800gtx for phsyx ?
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post #10 of 23
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@ mcnabbmc - sorry forgot to mention my res right now is 1804x1004.. its what fits my screen perfectly.. for games i usually game at 720P..
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