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Build Advice Gamer Upgrade including selling old kit?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BradShort, 1 Jul 2010.

  1. BradShort

    BradShort Familyman - Fraggin when allowed :P

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    Hi guys, always get excited when it's time to upgrade; sure you do too. Upgrading is not as essential as its used to be for gamers as nelw games don't seem to test the system as much.

    Annnnnnyway. I currently have a pretty good, quiet system and i find myself in a position with around £400 to spend on an upgrade. Futureproofing is the idea, as my current rig just about manages to run BFBC2 on high settings on my 1680x1050 22" Samsung (which i plan to keep).

    So the question is, if you had £400 to spend on the upgrade, and you could sell some of the other kit to subsidise, what would you do! I have a few ideas and i'm not a fanboy so all suggestions are welcome. I'll list my current kit below.

    Antec 900 Case
    ATI 4870 512 - with Thermal Rad Passive + two Akasa silent fans
    Q6600 @ 3Ghz
    Gigabyte GA-P35-s3g motherboard
    4GB PC6400 Ram
    3 x 500GB std HDD
    Logitech g15 v1 Keyboard - Keep
    Logitech G500 mouse - Keep
    600W Modular PSU

    Its pretty quiet already as the rig is in the lounge and I run Windows 7 x64 (keep)

    Thanks in advance fellow geeks :):thumb:
     
  2. DaveMon

    DaveMon The end is nigh! Repent!

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    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD?
    ATI 5850/5870?

    You could (just) get: motherboard, i5-750 CPU and DDR3 ram.....

    What about a new monitor?
     
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  3. rollo

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    5870 + hard disk mensioned and your set for 2-3 years at least at that Rez
     
  4. BradShort

    BradShort Familyman - Fraggin when allowed :P

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    Cheers for the early responses. Q6600 ok then? My thought was to sell the Q6600 and MB, get an i5 / i7 and 5850. Hadn't thought about the HDD tbh, out of the look on performance with them
     
  5. Modsbywoz

    Modsbywoz Multimodder

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    i agree with above, the Q6600 will be plenty for gaming for a few years yet. 5850 or 5870 + a decent HDD. You'll be sweet for a few years yet.
     
  6. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    What cooler are you using on the Q6600, as you may be able to squeeze a few more 10's of MHz out of it :)
     
  7. DaveMon

    DaveMon The end is nigh! Repent!

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    What about keeping your current mobo and RAM and upgrading the CPU to one of the socket 775 Q9xxx 45nm CPUs?

    Would run cooler and potentially oc better.
     
  8. BradShort

    BradShort Familyman - Fraggin when allowed :P

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    hmm food for thought, bear in mind i can sell some of my kit at the mo, so Q6600 £70, HD 4870 £100 perhaps (without looking) . . .

    Anyone want to put a spec together for me?
     
  9. mars-bar-man

    mars-bar-man Side bewb.

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    I would say keep the Q6600, the difference between that and tha Q9xxx would be minimal I reckon. How about the Corsair H50? OC that CPU's nuts off. Chcuk in a 5870, and any money left over? Spend it on what ever you want..

    Like beer.
     
  10. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    I sold my 4870 on here only a couple of months ago for £70, so £100 is very unlikely.
     
  11. isaac12345

    isaac12345 What's a Dremel?

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    Simply buy a 5870, a gelid tranquillo or the corsair H50 and overclock the CPU to get some more juice out of it. You could also buy a 1920X1200 native resolution monitor for the 5870.
     
  12. [PUNK] crompers

    [PUNK] crompers Dremedial

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    /\ this is what i'd do with the money and i have slightly better graphics, the Q6600 isnt slowing you down too much at the mo.

    maybe an extra 2gb ram too?
     
  13. Modsbywoz

    Modsbywoz Multimodder

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    Modsbywoz Multimodder

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    [​IMG]

    That's just a quick search through aria. That would be my route
     
  15. [PUNK] crompers

    [PUNK] crompers Dremedial

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    can i just ask your reasoning there warren? this system isnt going to be much faster than what he has, if at all.

    improve the graphics and the cooling maybe the monitor, the Q66 will carry you through a coupla years.
     
  16. Cerberus90

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    +1.


    Supposedly the 4870 is just as good as the 5770, so I wouldn't consider that much of an upgrade.

    My Q6600 still running strong at 3.2GHz and doesn't seem to be limiting me in any way.


    IMO, a 5850 should give you a good boost in graphics performance.



    Apart from that, it looks a pretty solid rig, and should last well IMO
     
  17. [PUNK] crompers

    [PUNK] crompers Dremedial

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    you get dx11 ofc but meh.

    the i5 750 is faster clock for clock than the q6600 but i dont think the advantages justify the upgrade, the performance increase is minimal especially in games

    spend the money on gfx, cooling and oc a little more
     
  18. chimeradog

    chimeradog What's a Dremel?

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    your q6600 will last you through 2years at least as quad cores wont be eliminated so fast....
    you should be considering upgrading ur gfx,cooling to oc more on ur q6600 and maybe 2gb more ram for you...
     
  19. mars-bar-man

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    Love the way everyone is repeating on post #5...

    Just OC teh nuts of that Q6600!! I doubt many real world apps are really putting it under that much stress. Chimeradog, another 2Gb? With current prices of RAM, and the fact I'm yet to see any consumer based program that I, or other people have used, really need more than 4Gb, it seems silly to just throw money at it if it's not going to benefit from it amazingly.
     
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    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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