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So, as you can see from my sig machine, I need a bit of an upgrade. I plan to do the bulk of it when I get my taxes back, but I have the ability to solve at least one piece of the puzzle right now.
My choices are all about $140:
SeaSonic X650 PSU
Phenom 2 965
Sapphire Vapor-X 5770

Now I'm kind of ruling out the 5770 because I don't think my crappy Rosewill 500wt PSU will handle Xfire right now.
The PSU is obviously critical, but lacks the "fun" factor...
What would you do?
Go for the security and stability of having a rock solid PSU, or go for the snappy new CPU and see what kind of OC you can get, or maybe try for the sweet gratification of nearly doubling your GPU power?

Note: all these goodies are intended for a 3x22" Eyefinity setup this summer or possibly spring. The money I spend on a component now is money I save toward the other 2 monitors.
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if ur current CPU is not unlockable then i would go for new CPU if you can unlock it then grab the PSU and later the 5770 trust me you want 2 of those for 3 monitors
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CPU might be unlockable, but my mobo doesn't support it. I figured I'd just go with a guaranteed quad, rather than the cheaper upgrade of a new mobo.
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if this is the mobo you have then u gonna want to get a new one anyway for future crossifre since urs support x16x4
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So apparently I was fooled by my inability to read things properly, as well as by my reluctance to shell out $200+ for a mobo...
Is it that Xfire won't work at all, or just that it will be so hamstrung by the 4x slot that I'll see virtually no performance increase?
Dammit anyway, I really don't want to buy a new PSU and CPU and mobo and RAM as well since nothing seems to run DDR2 anymore either...
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Actually, the more I read, the less concerned I am about the 4x lane...supposedly the difference isn't that big of a deal.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...caling/25.html
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Actually, the more I read, the less concerned I am about the 4x lane...supposedly the difference isn't that big of a deal.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...caling/25.html
something doesnt seem right there ...the perfomance should be just around 50-60% of the x16
anyway ur rig isnt all that bad , i would advice waiting couple more month for bulldozer and see if u can snap a good deal on mobo+cpu+memory+psu
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Well, I've looked into alot of other forums, and the general consensus seems to be that most people haven't tried it, and the ones that did seem to get pretty good results. It could be because the idea is that a 4x slot would have drastically reduced bandwidth if based upon the supposition of using PCIe 1.0 slots, but that 2.0 slots have such an enormous pipe that even the 4x running the equivalent of a 1.0 8x pipe isn't as limiting of a factor anymore.
Anyway, I'm gonna try it. If the performance increase isn't good I'll figure something else out.
As far as Bulldozer...I can't see any use for it yet, so I'll just wait for the price drops in a year or 2. A quad with a 5870 equivalent should do me fine for awhile.
Edit: found another interesting comparison...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...x16x16_vs_x4x4
Edited by Nixuz - 1/12/11 at 12:40am
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As far as Bulldozer...I can't see any use for it yet
So exactly what use do you plan by this upgrade, then?
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Well, I didn't mean that Bulldozer was "useless". I just meant that for my purposes, a 3.5+quad Phenom 2 would probably suffice for awhile.
I'm sure that Bulldozer is a great chip, I just don't need it's performance/price at this time.
I'm just looking to run todays games at close to 60fps. This rig is not going to be a benchmark killer, and I'm trying to get my money out the components I bought about 18 months ago. After this upgrade I'll give it a year or so and then do a top down upgrade. I guess this is a stopgap till then.
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