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Old November 5, 2009, 07:45 PM
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Default 8800gt to 5850 or keep 8800gt and upgrade to i5 from e6600?

I really want to upgrade to an Intel i5 750 based system with an ati 5850 video card
and 4gb of ram but I really cannot justify starting over from scratch with a new system build. So really I'm looking for some input, would it be best to just swap out my 8800gt for a 5850, keeping the rest of my system untouched, or would it be better to keep my existing 8800gt and put that into a intel i5 based system and upgrade the video card later?

The biggest thing I want is bang for the buck, and if I upgraded the video to a 5850 would my core 2 duo @ 3ghz completely bottleneck the video card?

existing system specs:

Lian Li PC-7 Plus II Case
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3Ghz
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Zotac 8800 GT AMP! 512Mb
Patriot 4GB PC2-6400 Ram

ram + mb + cpu = $400ish
radeon 5850 = $300ish
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Old November 5, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Of course go for the GPU.

Try to get your E6600 higher, let say somewhere @3.4ghz-3.6ghz.

and it seems like your gaming at 1680x1050.

I would love to see some inside pics of your build :P
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Old November 5, 2009, 07:51 PM
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I'm afraid so. You may want to do some research, but as good as the E6600 was, it's old technology nowadays.

From NCIX: NCIX.com - Buy NCIX P55 Bundle Deal Core i5 750 2.66GHZ Kingston 4GB DDR3-1800 C8 Gigabyte P55-UD4P SLI Motherboard - 750-UD4P-4GB-KINGSTON In Canada. Good combo.

Choosing the Asus P7P55D and some 4Gb DDr3 on sale you could save even more.
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Old November 5, 2009, 07:53 PM
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Your C2D at 3 GHz won't bottleneck the 5850 to much. I'd go for the GPU upgrade, you'll see a lot higher fps boost then you would if you upgraded to i5. If you want to eliminate a CPU bottleneck for a lot cheaper you could purchase a Q9550 or another C2Q and drop it into your existing setup.

Here's some numbers with the E8400 @ 3.0 and 3.7 with a 5850

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Old November 5, 2009, 08:18 PM
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GPU first then maybe a new cpu later the unless your some sort of encoding freak you wont need a new cpu for a while.
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Old November 5, 2009, 10:15 PM
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+1 on GPU upgrade. Just oc that E6600 and it'll be no probs, you'll get a nice fps +++.
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Old November 5, 2009, 10:29 PM
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I'm afraid so. You may want to do some research, but as good as the E6600 was, it's old technology nowadays.

From NCIX: NCIX.com - Buy NCIX P55 Bundle Deal Core i5 750 2.66GHZ Kingston 4GB DDR3-1800 C8 Gigabyte P55-UD4P SLI Motherboard - 750-UD4P-4GB-KINGSTON In Canada. Good combo.

Choosing the Asus P7P55D and some 4Gb DDr3 on sale you could save even more.
Choosing the P55-UD4P/i5 combo from newegg.ca, G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1600, then entering the promo code "MKTBDAY" (10% off for there aniversary). Came to ~$465 after tax/shipping. Right now w/ the 10% off anything over $250, you can get some nice deals.

Odds are you'll notice the change more when upgrading the GPU then you will CPU/MB/Ram, especially if you only really use it for gaming. Like they mentioned above, if you get the GPU, just OC the CPU a little more and bottlenecking shouldn't be too much of an issue I believe.
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Old November 6, 2009, 04:23 AM
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have to go with charlie on this one i think you'll see a much better over all improvement from a cpu MB upgrade the card you have will play most games a pretty good fps
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Old November 6, 2009, 04:55 AM
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Gaming wise, I'd go for a 5850 over the CPU upgrade (If you can find one). I'm still sticking with my Q6600 @ 3.0 after 2 years and it still cuts the mustard.
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I vote to go with a new Platform, with a memory controller and PCI-e controller on board the new i5 chip will help streamline everything better.

Then down the road get a better GPU.

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