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As the title says, I'm planning on upgrading my computer as my bro needs one built and wants the parts I no longer want.

These are the options I am thinking about getting to replace the equipment in my sig rig.

- Mobo: Asus Crosshair IV Extreme I can get it for $290 after taxes locally

AND

- CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 - 1100T BE
Should I wait for the Bulldozer? If it is even compatible with the Asus Crossfire IV Extreme Board?

OR

- GPU: XFX Radeon 6970
Won't be crossfiring right away.

So my question is out of the three which would be the "best" route to go for a noticeable performance boost? I'm also thinking of immediately adding a full watercooling setup (full board, cpu, & gpu blocks) if I go with the mobo.

If I get the mobo the CPU will be purchased almost right away. My bro isn't too rushed for the new computer but I can't make him wait forever.
Edited by ajmidd12 - 4/7/11 at 7:58pm
post #2 of 13
My advice would be to wait for BD, and grab an SSD in the meanwhile.

Upgrading your GPU wouldn't be a bad choice, either, but you'll notice a much larger improvement in day-to-day work with an SSD than a new GPU.
Edited by thisischuck01 - 4/7/11 at 8:08pm
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My advice would be to wait for BD, and grab an SSD in the meanwhile.

Upgrading your GPU wouldn't be a bad choice, either, but you'll notice a much larger improvement in day-to-day work with an SSD than a new GPU (as I doubt you're gaming at all times).
That's also a thought, I was more-so leaning to the CPU/Mobo combo (or just mobo for now till BD) for folding purposes, as when I'm not gaming (2 nights week) the CPU/GPU's are folding.

I like the XFX GPU though. Would an SSD make such a difference over upgrading my mobo and or CPU?
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The GPU would be a good upgrade, but the SSD would be more noticeable in the feel of your system.
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Tell him to wait until June when you buy a Bulldozer, instead.
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Tell him to wait until June when you buy a Bulldozer, instead.
Yeah I am considering that but will the Asus Crossfire IV Extreme be compatible with the Bulldozer? I don't want to have to buy another Mobo.
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Originally Posted by ajmidd12 View Post
Yeah I am considering that but will the Asus Crossfire IV Extreme be compatible with the Bulldozer? I don't want to have to buy another Mobo.
Asus says it will be:
Quote:
Current owners of an AM3-based board will make their AMD 8-Series motherboards compatible with the latest AM3+ CPUs with a simple BIOS update from the official ASUS website... Current ASUS 890FX and 890GX series motherboards can be upgraded to enjoy the extra performance offered by future AM3+ CPUs. ASUS will also be releasing the AMD 8-Series Chipset motherboards based on 880G and 870 as well as the 760G Chipset on the AM3+ socket for increased selection so users can enjoy AM3 and AM3+ CPUs.
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From what I've heard, AMD has no comment.
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I second (or is it third) the above comments.

Get an SSD. Best upgrade per $ by far. Failing that, the GPU.

When BD comes then even if you don't get one (and mobo) the 1100T should have a significant price drop.
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post #9 of 13
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Thanks for the suggestion gents. I think (for now anyways) I will be getting an OCZ 120GB SSD as my primary. Will probably have to take one weekend to reformat my entire comp though I hate doing that it is so tedious.

I'm still set on the BD / Crosshair combo IF it is compatible, if not the 1100T BE will do just fine.

Maybe if I get a decent refund from the government I'll pickup the GPU anyways.
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Will probably have to take one weekend to reformat my entire comp though I hate doing that it is so tedious.
Should build a fileserver.
Between installing Windows from disk and all my other crap over the network it takes about 20 minutes.
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