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Which upgrade would be more beneficial in the next coming weeks? Reps to all, only opinions.

i7 "sandybridge" + new mobo + new ram? (sandybridge will be dual channel correct? so I can reuse ram)

or

GTX 570 + new psu and with probably another GTX570 down the road.

I'm a gamer, but also use the computer for school, I'm a pre-pharmacy major so I love to have processing power to install any biological 3d programs but I also game so GPU is important....

Any opinion appreciated.
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you will see the biggest initial improvement with the 570 and a new PSU. your current system is very quick... and now that i look at it, why do you need a new PSU? the 750TX wil easily handle your system and one GTX570. i might upgrade from the TX later on if you go 570 SLI, but for now, the biggest difference willl be just plugging in the 570

SB might be better in the long run, but a 965 wont be an issue for your system for atleast another year. the SB upgrade wont give you as much of a noticeable difference as the 570 will.
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i'd go gtx570 right now, it'll be a huge upgrade from your 4890

and realistically, your x4 965 is still good until bulldozer/ivy bridge at least
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Just get the 570 for now.

Wait on the PSU.
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Which upgrade would be more beneficial in the next coming weeks? Reps to all, only opinions.

i7 "sandybridge" + new mobo + new ram? (sandybridge will be dual channel correct? so I can reuse ram)

or

GTX 570 + new psu and with probably another GTX570 down the road.

I'm a gamer, but also use the computer for school, I'm a pre-pharmacy major so I love to have processing power to install any biological 3d programs but I also game so GPU is important....

Any opinion appreciated.
First of all, please do not post offer rep in your posts to those who help, it is against the terms of service. You can still give out rep to those who contribute and you feel are helpful but you just can't put it in writing i learned the same way so no biggie

It all depends. Do any of your applicates use hyperthreading? Gaming does not, and all though intel is faster clock per clock, and the new sandy bridge processors clocking pretty high, they are not any 24/7 clocks as 4.9ghz requires like 1.6vcore.

Are you lacking FPS in games right now? Do you want dx 11? If so then i'd probably go with the 570. If i was really in your situation, i would hold onto the phenom II quad, clock it to 4.0, and add one 570 now.

That is my oppinion though, and everyone else will have their own oppinions as well.
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570, and a 1TB WD Black will make your computer very fast
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I'd say go with the 570, honestly. That x4 will last you a long time (just like my E8400 will last me a long time).
    
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post #8 of 26
I'd also choose the 570 over a CPU. Looks like that would be more of an upgrade atm. You CPU is fine .
post #9 of 26
I would also go gpu + psu

Sandybridge will drive down the prices of existing components, plus your quad will game fine for quite awhile
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Originally Posted by XxAlbertoxX View Post
Which upgrade would be more beneficial in the next coming weeks? Reps to all, only opinions.

i7 "sandybridge" + new mobo + new ram? (sandybridge will be dual channel correct? so I can reuse ram)

or

GTX 570 + new psu and with probably another GTX570 down the road.

I'm a gamer, but also use the computer for school, I'm a pre-pharmacy major so I love to have processing power to install any biological 3d programs but I also game so GPU is important....

Any opinion appreciated.
I would go with the GTX 570. Your Phenom is pretty fast, and if you game the GTX 570 will be a nice boost. Another bonus: CUDA!!! Check to see if the 3D programs you are using support CUDA acceleration.
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