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Kwould

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#1 10 years ago

Hi all! It has been quite a while since I have logged onto FF and I have not been paying attention to the PC market lately. I could use an upgrade about now and would like some opinions on various parts. First of all I will tell you what I already have: Case: Thermaltake Armor PSU: OCZ ModXStream 900W MB: EVGA 590 SLI CPU: Athlon64 X2 6000+ and Thermaltake V1 cooler Mem: OCZ DDR2-800 4GBs VC: EVGA 8800GTS SC 320MB HDD: 2 x WD VRaptor 300s / WD 640 GB / 2 x WD 160 GB (not in use) Displays: Samsung T220HD 22" WS / Samsung 920WM 19" WS (not in use) I cannot simply upgrade the CPU thanks to the worthlessness of EVGA; they refuse to release a new BIOS for that particular board. So if I want a new CPU I am gonna have to buy a new MB too. My thought was to move the MB, CPU and cooler, memory, video card and a couple of those HDDs that I am not using into my old case (and buy another PSU) for my kids to use. So I believe that my priority purchases would be (a) new CPU and cooler, motherboard, memory, and video card (and probably a new optical drive too - my existing optical drives are both IDE). My budget is somewhere between 800 and 1000 USD. I realize that this will probably spawn a wide range of opinions, but any thoughts?




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#2 10 years ago
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#3 10 years ago

I was thinking along those same lines. Although if I were to go with a 790FX board, I'd probably rather have one with a 750 SB chipset. I read last night that they were an overall better performer than the 600. How about a C2Q 9550 and a midrange P45 board? Would I get similar performance out of those (versus a Phenom II 940 and a 790FX)?




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#4 10 years ago

I would say to get a Phenom II instead. It will be cheaper and the Phenom II is generally a little faster than a 9550 in games.




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#5 10 years ago

Gotcha. What about the CPU cooler you recommended? Is there a particular reason?




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#6 10 years ago

Best performance for the money of any heatsink. performs the same as a TRUE which is twice the money (and it includes a fan)




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#7 10 years ago

Alrighty then. From now on, I will try to keep up to speed with the tech market like I used to. Thanks for the advice kow_ciller. Little green dot for you! :)




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#8 10 years ago
kow_ciller;4781835I would say to get a Phenom II instead. It will be cheaper and the Phenom II is generally a little faster than a 9550 in games.

Plus the 940 will overclock pretty damn good.

I'd probably rather have one with a 750 SB chipset. I read last night that they were an overall better performer than the 600.

Yeah, get a SB750 board. SB600 boards are decent, but the 750 is a much better board for Phenoms and overclocking.




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#9 10 years ago

Yeah, that was one of the main points that I read - the vast improvement in overclocking the SB750 enjoyed versus the SB600.