Does it make any sense to upgrade?

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  1. AMDtje

    AMDtje New Member

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    Hi Guru-members,

    I've been a long member but I don't post much ... but now I need some advice.

    Currently I have:

    Asus P5Q pro
    QX9650 @ 3,8 ghz
    4 GB DDR2 800Mhz
    GTX 285 SC
    Windows 7 64-bit
    Corsair TX750
    Antec 300

    What I want to upgrade
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    The videocard. I've been waiting for some time now to upgrade it because I didn't like the GTX 480.
    With the launch of the GTX 580 it does look good to upgrade.
    I play on 1920x1200 with all AA and AF enabled.
    I play old games like Anno 1404, Mass Effect 2 but want to play some DX 11 games like Metro 2033, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and so on

    I have no intention of doing an SLI of CFX. I always stay on one card.
    Might use the GTX 285 as a physx card but maybe that's useless.

    Why do I want to upgrade
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    I love to put everything on the max in games. Not very smart but I just love to upgrade so :) I'm doubting to upgrade because maybe it's time to replace my whole PC. Thinking of buying an Core I7 DDR3 and so on.

    What are your thoughts on this? I have to say my GTX 285 is doing fine for the moment. I know I can wait and wait because something better always will come out.

    Will my QX9650 be a bottleneck for the GTX 580?

    If you need more info, I'll update this first post as you reply.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Matt26LFC

    Matt26LFC Ancient Guru

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    To be honest i think you can just upgrade your Graphics card to a 580 your CPU at that frequency will be enough to feed it.

    Replacing your whole rig however i wouldn't do considering SandyBridge is right around the corner, you can always update your platform early next year when its released. Having already got yourself the 580.
     
  3. Black_ice_Spain

    Black_ice_Spain Ancient Guru

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    keep that PC and wait for sandy bridge :/

    My opinion.
     
  4. Jae-So

    Jae-So Ancient Guru

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    ^ this, upgrade to the 580 (I am when prices hopefully drop), but I'd keep the rest until Sandy Bridge comes out
     

  5. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    upgrade to the 580 directly, your QX9650 will not bottleneck it.

    deltatux
     
  6. Sever

    Sever Ancient Guru

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    upgrade to the 580, change the rest later. have fun now!
     
  7. AMDtje

    AMDtje New Member

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for all the replies.
    I will have a look into the GTX 580.
    I'll keep the rest then until next year.

    Thanks for the help guys.

    I'll let you know how the GTX 580 will handle my rig :)

    Will it be possible to keep the GTX 285 as a physx card on my mobo?
    I know I can't SLI but maybe I can keep the GTX 285.

    If not, I'll sell it.
     
  8. pooley

    pooley Member Guru

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    as far as i'm aware there is some sort of driver hack/mod that will let use use your 285 as a physx card, but for me i would sell the 285 to recover some of the money you'll be shelling out for the 580.
     
  9. ShadowWolf555

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    You can use the 285 for physx with no problems since their both nvidia GPU's, but you'll bottleneck the 580 as your motherboard only supports PCI-E 8x/8x with 2 gpu's.

    Cheers :)
     
  10. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    Like others said upgrade your GPU only QX9650 is fine.

    Sell your GTX285 though.
     

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