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post #1 of 14
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I have 200 dollars dedicated to upgrading my computer.
Specs are below and I have narrowed down my options to what I would like to do.

As for how I am with my computer, I can run most games at 1080p except for Grand Theft Auto 4.... Hate that games requirements.... and do everything else fairly well. I mostly just play computer games, I also am training to work in IT so I run some virtual machines to work with various OS's, some encoding, I also Use this computer to store all of my (600+GB) of media files. What I would like to know is what would I most see the benefit from:

Phenom 1055T (Motherboard does support it)

Or a newer graphics card.

Those are the options that I do the most
Willing to save another 50 or so to get what I want.

Please help me choose the part that will be most beneficial to me.
post #2 of 14
GTA4 has terrible coding. It is a memory black hole and really requires at least a triple core to run at fast fps.

Try unlocking your PhenomII into a triple or quad core if possible. Otherwise, the 6-core CPU would be an improvement. However, you can get a PhenomII 955 for around $120 as well when they're on sale...and then you can save that $80 towards a better GPU.
post #3 of 14
Get the 1055 over a new graphics card. Your 5770 is no slouch by any means, but a dual-core? They're just now approaching the end of their useful lifespans, as games, as well as other apps, move into the tri- and quad-thread world.
post #4 of 14
How safe is your storage of the 600GB media file? Buy a backup drive if you do not have one.
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See what you think is slow to you, then figure your next upgrade based on that. I would try unlocking your cpu first.
    
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^this^
your 5770 is more than well enough. the x2 may unlock. dont know if you overclocked it.
i am soooooooo jealous over this http://www.speedtest.net/result/916090315.png
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I can't stabilize my unlock with 3rd or 4th cores unlocked..... just noobage or bad luck.
As for storage I have a WD Blue 640, and a Green 1.5 that I use, I just try to mirror the data.

So it is Between a 1055t OR a 965 I would be more tempted to get the 955 but it is sold out at frys.
I am leaning on the x6 currently...
Edited by Maximillian-E - 3/12/11 at 10:12pm
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Maximillian-E View Post
I can't stabilize my unlock with 3rd or 4th cores unlocked..... just noobage or bad luck.
As for storage I have a WD Blue 640, and a Green 1.5 that I use, I just try to mirror the data.

So it is Between a 1055t OR a 965 I would be more tempted to get the 955 but it is sold out at frys.
I am leaning on the x6 currently...
Try newegg, tigerdirect, or Microcenter.

Also, people sell used PII x4s here on the forums the time - getting used is a great cheaper alternative to buying new.
post #9 of 14
Buy 1 x 120GB SSD(or 1 x 60GB SSD and save some money).
Your computer will be faster.
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post #10 of 14
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As much as I would like to get an SSD but I don't really want to spend that much on storage, bearing in mind of the preformance benefits, I think I will go Hexacore, then I will save up another 100 or so to get a 64GB SSD for the OS/Core programs.
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