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Worth investing in a new model?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Liamalxd, 24 Apr 2010.

  1. Liamalxd

    Gangster

    Joined: 16 Dec 2009

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    i currently have my own little pride and joy of a computer. built it up over the years, it consists of:

    CPU : AMD ATHLON X2 6400+ CPU @ 3.3GHZ 1MB CACHE ON BOTH CORES (2MB TOTAL)
    MEMORY: 4 X 1GB 800MHZ DDR2 RAM @ 840MHZ
    GPU: 2 X 9600GT NVIDIA CARDS IN SLI
    HDD: 500GB SATA HDD AND 2 X 250GB IDE STORAGE DRIVES.
    It also is all flash with lights and crap :)

    I must admit it gives amazing performance on games even almost hitting high settings fine with 4x AA on crysis etc. It also plays MW2 with no difficulty on max settings.

    My question is should i save my money and use this for the next few years or invest in upgrading to a DDR3/I7/SSD/5970 system?
    (from a gameplay standpoint ofcourse)

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. cmndr_andi

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    If it works reliably and you are happy with the performance, then there really isn't any need to buy more stuff.

    What resolution do you play at?
     
  3. Liamalxd

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    1440 x 900 :) 16:10.
     
  4. mrfun1981

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    If you are happy with the performance at the moment, I would save your £'s for a while longer until it starts having problems playing the games you want to play.
     
  5. Liamalxd

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    Thats what i was going for, its best to ask other people's opinions though.

    The I7 980X is so tempting ... but alas its expensive. lol
     
  6. cmndr_andi

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    Good stuff.

    If you are happy with current performance then then for the same upgrade budget you will get better performing kit 6/9/12 months down the line, as is always the way.
     
  7. Liamalxd

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    yeah :)

    The only thing that bugs me about my rig is whenever im folding or doing cpu heavy tasks, it takes soooo long to complete them, but that can't be helped without spending £800 on an I7 lol.
     
  8. cmndr_andi

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    What is you current motherboard?
     
  9. Liamalxd

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    Asus M2N4-SLI.

    It's an awesome board, lots and lots of overclocking ability with it.
    Also it is a socket 940 :)
     
  10. Ksanti

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    Well, I remember a certain 5870 card going for £280 on release, and 5850's supposedly going for sub £200...

    That's probably not going tro happen though any more for a while, although it could happen with Fermi because Nvidia will need to make money somehow. However nobody could really justify Nvidia cards at the moment anyway tbh, so I say save your money for the moment.

    I'd say hold out until a 5890 is released until properly thinking about it, the 5870 is just about starting to get pushed properly, but the 5970 is still a bit excessive imo.

    You could get an X3 720/X4 955 890GX system though, if your games are running fine, that will run well for a good while, and then if you want more performance down the road the motherboard will still be compatible with the upcoming X6 cpu's, and will have Sata 6.0Gbps and USB 3.0 support.
     
  11. Liamalxd

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    thanks :)

    i think i'm going to hold out till like 50% of gadgets and devices start using USB 3.0 and games start to become less playable on my system.

    Then i can truly justify getting an X58 system :)
     
  12. Ksanti

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    *cough* or 890GX :D

    I dunno why I'm being a bit of an AMD fanboy when I'm using an i7...
    I guess it's just habit lol
     
  13. Liamalxd

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    hehe to be honest i'm the same (except i don't have an i7 :()

    i've always bought AMD over intel, even when building computers for others.
    just the whole I7 thing makes me want an intel cpu, but on the inside i still love AMD haha :)
     
  14. CAT-THE-FIFTH

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    The longer you can wait the better IMHO. Both Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Bulldozer are coming out next year.
     
  15. Fallen god

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    Well if your system does what you want, and you have no problems with it then it best to just hold on to your cash.
     
  16. Cycrow

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    well if you happy with the performance.

    but want to spend some money on the pc.

    u could look at getting other things, like better peripherals, monitors, etc
    stuff that will last a few builds, then when ur system finally starts to slow, u can update it.

    i never seem to be happy with mine, even thou its pretty quick, i always find new things to buy for it :p
     
  17. Liamalxd

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    fair enough :)

    thanks for the advice :)