How would You upgrade my PC?

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marijanovic
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Hi,

I was wondering how you would upgrade my PC if you were in my place.

My current PC configuration is as follows:
CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 550BE unlocked to a tripple core B50 x3 3,1 GHz
COOLER: Arctic Cooling Freezer 64pro PWM + Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal compound
RAM: 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz (2x1GB Buffalo + 2x1GB Crucial)
MBO: AsRock A770DE+ AM2+(bios 1.70)
GPU: Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB + Arctic Cooling Accelero L2pro
Soundcard: Asus Xonar DG 5.1
PSU: Corsair CX400 400W
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1000GB 7200rpm 32MB S-ATA II & Seagate SV35 7200.2 160GB 7200rpm 8MB P-ATA
CASE: Chieftec Giga DF-01B
FAN: 2x Cooler Master Silent fan SI2 + 2x Sharkoon System fan 120mm 1000rpm
DVD: LiteOn (Phillips-BenQ) DVD-RW DH20A4P
OS: Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW 1680x1050
Keyboard: Logitech Media 600 USB
Mouse: SpeedLink Kudos
Mousepad: Cooler Master Storm Tactics DC CS-M FPS
UPS: C-Lion (CentraLion) Blazer Vista 800VA 480W
W-LAN: Gigabyte GN-WB01GS USB
Speakers: Logitech S-220 2.1
Headset: Creative Fatal1ty
Webcam: Logitech C210 720p HD

I don't have money for a complete PC upgrade, please use as less money as possible for a decent performance upgrade,a budget upgrade so to speak.

Thank you. :)

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Noone care to reply?

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I think the reason no one has replied is because you already have a pretty balanced system and there's no "cheapest" upgrade for it.

If I had to say anything that you'd visibly see a performance increase, would likely be gaming. But then you'd be buying a AMD 6850/6870 to bring it up to the 4850's today equivalent which is 140-190USD...so it's not exactly a cheap upgrade. Your only other option would to possibly upgrade the CPU to perhaps an x6 processor and update the motherboard to one that supports ddr3...again, this would be well over 200 USD. Or you could upgrade to a Phenom II x4 which would be about 100-150USD new, or you could find one recertfied or used for cheaper.

The absolutely cheapest thing you could probably do to it that would make it feel faster would be to buy a SSD for about 50-150 USD and run the operating system off of, would likely make it feel alot snappier.

At the end of the day, your computer is a generation behind so matter what you're going to have to put some money into it to get a boost some where...its really up to you where you want to put the cash.

Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz 4GB DDR2 800Mhz 500GB ATI HD 4850 512mb 22" LCD

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I was thinking about investing in a new graphic card. Something like a HD 7770 or 6870 (when the prices drop a little). The CPU and other components can last a little bit longer I think.
The prices are pretty large here (a Radeon HD 6850 costs about 200-230$), I'll wait for them to drop (when the HD 7850 & 7870 are released and become available I hope).

In your oppinion, how long would my current configuration last for moderate gaming (a little bit more than casual) and how long would it last with the gpu upgrade?

Allen86
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Well, it would last you a couple years depending oh what type of games you play. If its a CPU intensive game then naturally a graphics card upgrade would only help so much...on all other games though easily a couple years. Your CPU then would be your bottleneck in most games though.

I doubt you'll see the prices drop on the 6870's any time soon. The 7870 is going to be priced around 300USD and the 7850 around 250. So the 6870 will likely stay the same being the 7850 is more or less a revised 6950 2GB version. Prices on GPU's arent dropping like they used to, they just keep getting more and more expensive...the only time they drop is when they become completely obsolete. I saw some recertified 5850/5870's not long ago selling for 130/160 or so each...graphics cards havent came a long way since then so the price is still up there. I think it'll be another year or two until you see the 6870 drop much in price honestly...the 7xxx series aren't going to make them drop..nor is the next nvidia series. Nvidia will outperform AMD because of time frame difference and release and will just stack their products ontop of AMD's at a higher price, they don't really drive competition, they'd just prefer to make as much as possible...then they'll just drop down some lower revisions ontop of AMD's and set them at the same price, at which point its a coin toss which one to go with. SO yeah, that's that :P

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My first thought to get a little more bounce out of the system was to slap a SSD in the box. A SATA III will make things a lot more snappy and you'll see your start-up time and program load times drop significantly. Depending on what you do with your rig, it might help your gaming load times, or if you are moving around files.
You've got a x64 system, and RAM is cheap as dirt these days. You might want to bump that up to 8GB. For about $150 you could pick up an 8GB 2X4GB kit or a 4X2GB kit. But it really depends on what you use your PC.

One of the things to watch out for in upgrading to a monster Vid Card is how much juice it might want to draw out of that 400W PSU. Nothing worse than getting your mouth watered up for the brand new card from Newegg, and finding out that it sucks all the power out of your system ::grin::

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He should be fine with something like a 6850, I can't recommend investing into more DDR2 at this point though as it's 2-3 times the cost of ddr3 because its so old...but that's my personal opinion.

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Sorry for reviveing such an old thread, but my HD 4850 died an I need a new video card.

The questions is short; a AMD HD 7770 or a Nvidia GTX 560 SE?

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Bought a MSI Radeon HD 7770 OC 1GB. Awaiting it's arrival.