PC Upgrade

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Davis
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Current Rig bought in 2008:

NZXT Tempest
Corsair 750watt
Ati 4850 512mb
Core 2 Duo e8400 3.0ghz
Asus p45-e motherboard
4gb DDR2 1066mhz
WD Caviar Blue 640gb HDD
Samsung 2253LW 1680 x 1050

I am wondering what the best way to upgrade would be...I'm using this PC for gaming which is why I am pondering an upgrade. Games I would like to see maxed out with 60fps+ are Assassins Creed Series, BC2, Battlefield 3 (especially), Splinter Cell Conviction, Crysis Series, and future games that are coming out through 2012.

Option 1: Buy a video card. My preference is to buy one between $180-250 although I can stretch it to $300 if it's worth it. I bought the 4850 in 2008 for $180 and its just now starting to dwindle with new games. I've been looking at the 570 in hopes of it falling in price a little bit. Is it worth to buy a 570 or equivalent card and put it with my current setup??

Total Cost: $180-300.

Advantage: Cheap, performance boost, can upgrade other parts later for cheaper because they've gotten older. Disadvantage: Possible bottleneck, not future proof for a while, and I am personally doubting it will run Crysis games or BF3 very well.

Option 2: New core parts. X58 motherboard, gtx 570, intel 2600k 3.4ghz, 4gb ddr3.

Total Cost: $850-950 as of July 10th 2011. I'm looking for $800 total and can wait till August.

Advantage: Big performance boost, no bottleneck worries, future proofing (as much as computers can be these days).
Disadvantage: Cost

So, what I am wondering is if you guys think it would be worth upgrading just the video card to get what Im looking for or to get new "core" parts this summer. I can't believe how many sockets are being produced now...775 was around for a while from what I could tell and now there's three new ones. I hear 1155 is the newest and best out....and then apparently there's an ivy bridge coming out. I haven't been paying attention to the tech world as much as I used to so if anyone knows when price drops usually occur or if a new technology is coming out soon, let me know and it might be worth to wait longer.

Things I'm trying to figure out are DDR4 Ram (twice as fast as DDR3?), PCI-e 3.0 slots, new ivy bridge/bulldozer,LGA 2011 etc. I don't want to buy a new rig and then something twice as fast or has huge improvements comes out immediately after (happened to me years ago with agp to pci)...and now unfortunately it seems impossible to upgrade cpu these days w/o buying new motherboard because of different sockets all the time.

Current: PSU: Corsair 750TX 750 watt CPU: Intel E8400 3.0ghz GPU: ATi 4850 512mb MOBO: Asus P45 P5Q-E MEMORY: 4GB Mushkin DDR2 1066 HDD: WD 64000AAKS 640GB CASE: NZXT Tempest MONITOR: Samsung 22" 225LW 1680 x 1050

tyrael75
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521&cm_re=ati_hd_6870-_-14-150-521-_-Product Good bang for your buck. will even have money to get 4gb more of your ddr2 if you have room :P .

Davis
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I've thought about the 6800 series and the 5800 series....but for $200 I feel like that card there will be good for a short stop gap upgrade....I looked at benchmarks and the 570 added about 30fps compared to the 6870....and that $200 I would rather spend towards a card that I know has a good chance of running BF3/Crysis and future games on high for a longer period of time...I don't know ...it's tempting....adding another 4gb of ram I don't think would help me a bunch but I'm not an expert. I'm hoping for the 570 to drop to 299 at least...or ATi's equivalent card but i need to research their benchmarks

Guss
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Hi

Sorry i cant help too much on specs, but i do like yr choice of game, sweet, lmao.
I do know that my current build is similiar to yours and is also starting to show its age, currently playing Bad company 2. occasional Crysis 2.
Thinking that BF3 may be a tad more demanding in graphics and process hungry needs, i decided to build new, you might want to check out my post n see where im going with it.
by no means a top spec machine but i hope i got things right, as I collect some of then components in just a couple of days lol

very best of luck with your filal descision

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heavy_metal
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Well it looks like if the leaked specs for BF3 are right the recommended proc is a quad core, which would probably mean the full system, but I believe you have the wrong chipset as you need a lga 1155 board for the i7 2600k, I would wait it out just a bit to see if prices come down though on the GTX 570. If you want to spend less you could get the video card in August or something, then buy the proc if you end up needing it for BF3. I have a i7 920, and it was night and day over my AMD 6000+ 3.0ghz dual core, so I can say that the proc would be a nice upgrade if you can afford it, it helped a lot in Crysis, but I have never played Crysis 2 though I could see the quad being nice for that also. And yes I agree with the last person to post in the fact that BF3 will be sweet.

Davis
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Well, I can get an EVGA SuperClocked 570 right now for $344.99 with free shipping and no tax. I'm thinking about doing that now and playing the games I have maxed out and then when BF3 comes out, I will need to get a new motherboard, cpu, and ram (hopefully 2600k will fall in price).

My concern is only whether I could not max out the games I have now (BC2, AC Series,etc.) because of my e8400 but some people are telling me it will be fine....the other concern is that 570 wont play bf3 on high but apparently the demo was played with a single 580 and the 570 is close to that card.

tyrael75
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Well i have a 6870 my self its good..Also there is yet a single game i cant max out and get great fps. Its pretty close to the 5870 prob 5-10% diference..its good for the money..the Sc 570 is cool to..but more ram is allways better...on windows 7 of course :)

tyrael75
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Well i have a 6870 my self its good..Also there is yet a single game i cant max out and get great fps. Its pretty close to the 5870 prob 5-10% diference..its good for the money..the Sc 570 is cool to..but more ram is allways better...on windows 7 of course :)

tyrael75
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Well i have a 6870 my self its good..Also there is yet a single game i cant max out and get great fps. Its pretty close to the 5870 prob 5-10% diference..its good for the money..the Sc 570 is cool to..but more ram is allways better...on windows 7 of course :)

tyrael75
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Well i have a 6870 my self its good..Also there is yet a single game i cant max out and get great fps. Its pretty close to the 5870 prob 5-10% diference..its good for the money..the Sc 570 is cool to..but more ram is allways better...on windows 7 of course :)

tyrael75
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Well i have a 6870 my self its good..Also there is yet a single game i cant max out and get great fps. Its pretty close to the 5870 prob 5-10% diference..its good for the money..the Sc 570 is cool to..but more ram is allways better...on windows 7 of course :)

tyrael75
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oops not sure whut happend there :s

Guss
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LOL @tyrael75,
at least we all got the point, it happens,
@Davis
I would be tempted to go for the core parts as you know, sweet as BF3 will be, and does look awsome, you dont want to start out with choppy/laggy gamepley, that would really suck big time,
final decision.
down to you,
good luck.