Upgrade Advice

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by wicsteel, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. wicsteel

    wicsteel New Member

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    Just looking for a little advise on an upgrade... I currently have an older mobo/cpu (Intel 975XBX/Core 2 6700) I have a GTX280 card and was looking at the newer cards... maybe a 570 or 580. My question is would the benefit of either of these card make a difference on my current setup or am I limited on mobo/cpu being as old as dirt?

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  2. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    What speed are you running the CPU?
     
  3. Tat3

    Tat3 Ancient Guru

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    Welcome to forums!

    Looks like you will need to replace cpu... Some q9450 etc (used) would be good deal with new gpu.

    Does it matter ? It's dual core.

    EDIT:

    Mobo does not support quad core cpu's...
    http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/d975xbx/

    So new cpu + mobo (if you go with Phenom2, you could use old RAM).
     
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  4. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    A C2D can cope with many games if its running fast enough.
    I wouldnt recommend a dual core but in a tight situation, he may be happy with the result until he can afford a new mobo/CPU/ram.
    I was going to present his options depending on the speed.
     

  5. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    Try overclocking it, if not, you might benefit from getting a new mobo+CPU next month when Sandy Bridge comes out.

    deltatux
     
  6. dirthurts

    dirthurts Master Guru

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    I would probably upgrade the video card if you have decent clocks on your cpu. Even though he may be cpu limited, he'll still see a larger boost in performance with a better video card.
     
  7. wicsteel

    wicsteel New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Im currently on 3.3ghz OC with the CPU.
     
  8. stenelaus

    stenelaus Master Guru

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    Besides that, i'm sure you're going to try and OC that new card of yours, so i will recommend a PSU upgrade also, because 530W will be pretty unstable for your graphics card, because, it's an NVidia...
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/Modular+700-950W/Corsair+HX+Series+750W+Modular+ATX2.2+SLI%2FCrossfire+Compliant+Power+Supply+?productId=36021
    ^ This is just an example of what you should be getting if you're going to upgrade your CPU and GFX card, more power=better performance.
    You could also search for a cheaper model of that PSU...
     
  9. Tat3

    Tat3 Ancient Guru

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    HX750 for a budged PC ? VX550 would be enough for any single GPU, or the TX650 if budget allows it...
     
  10. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    I take it that you would like to stick with your CPU as long as possible?
    You will get a nice performance upgrade in many things.
    Games like GTA IV, Dirt 2, Dragon Age, X3:TC and quite a few more will suffer somewhat.
    A higher CPU clock will help but overclocking the gfx wont be as lucrative as you will hope/wont help at all until you get a decent quad core.
     

  11. dirthurts

    dirthurts Master Guru

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    It's all about clockspeed!
    Few few games actually use more than 2 core to any real extent...
     
  12. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    If we could clock 2 cores to 6GHz+, you'd have a point.
     
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