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Old 01-25-10, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

I hate these threads too... but i'm torn..
Tax return is coming soon it looks like its ether a 5870 or a mobo/case/psu.

Right now I'm running a XPS 420(dell was the only place that would give me credit) I can overclock it with setFSB at a solid 3.0GHZ.

The PSU will handle a 5870 and it will fit in the case...

Do I get a new video card.. or get a new mobo/case/psu so I can OC my cpu more?
I play at 1080p btw
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Old 01-25-10, 07:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

Dell's site doesn't say what processors come with that (beyond Core 2 Duo / Extreme), but I don't think you'd be able to put together much of an upgrade if you went mobo/case/psu. I was looking at putting together a Core I5-750+Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5+Corsair CMPSU-650HX+ram, which comes out to around $650, and that's probably not going to be much of an upgrade for me and my E8400+P35+Corsair HX520W. I think you'll get alot more out of the 5870 if the XPS 420 has enough of a power supply for it.
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Old 01-25-10, 07:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

We'll definitely need a list of your specs to make any kind of suggestion.
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Default Re: bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

A q6600 should be enough for a couple of years yet, so I'd go for a 5850 and a new case. A 5870 isn't much faster than the 5850 at the same clocks(only 0-2% faster).
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Old 01-26-10, 11:33 AM   #5
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Default Re: bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

Dell XPS 420 X38 chipset..

Q6600 @ 3.0 GHZ
6 GBs of memory..
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forgot my specs weren't in my sig anymore ;]
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Default Re: bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

Hmm...

Your system is actually pretty well balanced IMO.

I don't think a Q6600 has enough overclocking head room to make it worth buying a new motherboard for it. You might be able to squeeze out another 400Mhz with a good cooler but the temps will be quite hot. The X38 is a pretty good chipset anyways. Its not really old enough to need replacing.

I'd just go with a new video card if I were you. A 5850 would probably be a good fit.
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Default Re: bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

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Hmm...

Your system is actually pretty well balanced IMO.

I don't think a Q6600 has enough overclocking head room to make it worth buying a new motherboard for it. You might be able to squeeze out another 400Mhz with a good cooler but the temps will be quite hot. The X38 is a pretty good chipset anyways. Its not really old enough to need replacing.

I'd just go with a new video card if I were you. A 5850 would probably be a good fit.
+1 makes sense to me
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Default Re: bah new mobo/case/psu or video card?

+1 for a vid card

Besides, since it was bought on credit, it would suck to still have a monthly payment for a something you dont own anymore...
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+1 for a vid card

Besides, since it was bought on credit, it would suck to still have a monthly payment for a something you dont own anymore...
haha very much agreed :]
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