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post #1 of 16
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Hi to everyone,
I'm sorry if its not the right place to post this new thread.
I'm stuck and confused now. So here it goes.

You can already see my PC specifications below and I'm thinking on getting a AMD 6950 + new XFX 650W power supply but I'm worried if I wont see good changes in my games. I've actually read many things and learned by my self like for example bottlenecking and more. People also told me this will show big changes even I run it on my current setup but of course if it shows big changes now it will even show bigger changes on for example new processor like the i5 and above. So what I had also in mind is what if I go for a Sandy Bridge processor i7 + New 4GB RAM + Motherboard? And the rest old parts. I can still use it without a graphic card to right if I wanted since I saw a video on Youtube that the integrated graphics on the processor is powerful and it can run Starcraft 2 assuming that game is quite heavy. But I don't want to expect from it so much. Please give your suggestions. I'll appreciate it and sorry since I can't extend my budget much since I'm a student. I'm really desperate on knowing what to get.

So is it..

Option A
Current setup
AMD 6950
XFX 650 PSU

Option B
Sandy Bridge ready motherboard
i7 Sandy Bridge
4GB RAM

Both same price I estimated it.
Edited by armen16 - 1/26/11 at 10:44am
post #2 of 16
You wont see changes in your games if you upgrade your processor. That Q6600 is fine. Your problem is the 8600GT.

...and by 2GB 400MHz, I assume you mean the actual speed of your DDR2-800. If so, still fine. All you need to change is the 8600GT.
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post #3 of 16
Are you going to be mostly gaming on this PC? If yes a new GPU will yield the larger noticeable improvement.
New Mobo, ram and CPU will make a difference too but those 3 pretty much need to be bought together in your case.
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post #4 of 16
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@GoTMaXPoWeR
Thank you for the heads up.

I'll wait for more suggestions to make up my mind.

More on gaming
post #5 of 16
How much is your budget?

We can help you out to with the best components..
    
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post #6 of 16
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@Tovich
Thank you.

I currently live in the Philippines for my studies and by the end of February I can have a total amount of 20,000Pesos which is equal to 451.35$. Converted it using www.coinmill.com
post #7 of 16
Ok here is the deal,

You currently have a really good processor, today most of the games take more advantage from your GPU like Maxxa says, so upgrade just your GPU to a GTX 460 or change your motherboard in order to install faster memory like DDR3 1600 also get new features like USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 , CPU, GPU and RAM so if that is the case i would buy a HD 6870 for GPU with this card you will able to play most of the games on high setting for a while..

So for the new mobo get:

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$ 100

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
$ 150
New Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
$50

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
$170

so you will be short for $20 + shipping to the Phillipines but with this configuration you will change drastically your game experience...
    
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post #8 of 16
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@Tovich
Wow! Thank you so much!
I don't need to ship it here. There is a place where they sell all those here and I have seen those products many many times. Thanks again. +REP. I'll be saving this on a notepad.
post #9 of 16
yes i didn't recommend the HD 6970 because you are actually playing on a 19" LCD monitor so honestly doesn't make too much sense if you don't upgrade your monitor as well.
    
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Core i7 920 @ 4.2 GHZ ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer ASUS GTX 580 SLI Corsair XMS3 12 GB 
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post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tovich View Post
Ok here is the deal,

You currently have a really good processor, today most of the games take more advantage from your GPU like Maxxa says, so upgrade just your GPU to a GTX 460 or change your motherboard in order to install faster memory like DDR3 1600 also get new features like USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 , CPU, GPU and RAM so if that is the case i would buy a HD 6870 for GPU with this card you will able to play most of the games on high setting for a while..

So for the new mobo get:

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$ 100

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
$ 150
New Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
$50

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
$170

so you will be short for $20 + shipping to the Phillipines but with this configuration you will change drastically your game experience...
This. Also, the 6850 is a good choice because a 19" monitor can't utilize a 6950.
    
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