Slight system upgrade done, looking for ideas on next upgrade...

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eire1274
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Some of you may remember my last upgrade if you are returning regulars, but many won't, so I'll give you some specs:

MSI K9MM-V VIA K8M800 based AM2 + AGP micro-ATX
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ (Brisbane 3.1Ghz) clocked at 3.6Ghz (normally)
2x2Gb GSkill DDR2 PC6400
Sapphire Ati Radeon HD 1600Pro 256Mb AGP (upgraded below)
2 x Seagate Barracuda 250Gb in RAID 0
Lots of other stuff, but that's the core...

Now, as was expected, despite the AeroCool BTX case I use, I started to get video problems due to heat bleed-off from the CPU cooler reducing the GPU's ability to regulate it's own heat. Not enough air was going out the back 120mm fan (which was the AeroCool original, slow and quiet) and the heat build-up in the upper part of the case (in BTX the slots are above the CPU position) was definitely becoming a problem for that tired old single-slot video card with it's worn cooler. Plus, yeah, I know, I was still using a card 4 generations behind... and it was slow.

So, I nabbed an HIS Ati HD 4670 1Gb AGP with the IceQ two-slot rear venting cooler, and one of the Rosewill speed-adjustable fans.

First note, with the cooler on the HIS card, I have not needed to turn the rear fan up past it's lowest setting yet, even during an unrealistic 100% load SiSoft Sandra session. It moves far more air than the old fan did at low, and is nice and quiet (though it does have a bit of that rumble you expect when you turn it up to full).

Secondly, the video card itself, with Overdrive turned off, happily takes max settings on Dead Space, Assassin's Creed, WoW, and of course all of the older games I play. Yes, I know, there is stuff hitting the market now that will make this card look like a slug, but remember I was still preserving this old AGP rig.

So, going over the next few months, I'm intending to step into a new motherboard, go quad-core, and get a new PCIe vid card. Any deals coming up, new tech, etc.? At the current time, I'm looking at a Phenom II X4 BE and the HP 5770, but I know the X6 is due out soon, and GPUs change daily. What's your suggestion? And remember price is a major factor.

Nick McDermott

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shorten up please. what is your current spec sheet and what do you mainly do with the computer?

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Current spec list is above. If you don't care to read, don't bother with my posts, I've written 6000+ just about as long.

This is a general rig, work, internet, email, games, etc. No set purpose. Just time to look at next generation equipment.

Nice to meet a newbie, BTW. Welcome.

Nick McDermott

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Boy, the forums have died since the upgrade!  Used to be I'd have a dozen comments on new tech on the horizon by now.

Well, hopefully other regulars will come back soon.

Nick McDermott

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If you are not doing any rendering or cad, the Phenom will do just fine. The 890 FX mother boards are slated for release this April. AMD will doing a refresh of the 5000 series GPU soon as well. Not sure what will happen, but I am hoping for lower wattage @ when running at full load. Are you getting a new psu?

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I've got an OCZ 550W modular that's getting long in the tooth.  Given modern card power requirements, I will probably get something 100-200W more powerful.

As far as the X6 core and it's appeal, well, I'm the king of multitasking.  The idea of having, say, a video transcode going on a few cores and still having the system resources to work.

Nick McDermott