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Old July 4, 2010, 08:36 PM
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I know that I am new, but I figured my fellow Canadians would help me out!

My current computer is as follows:

CPU: Intel E6750 C2D 2.66Ghz OC'd to 3.0
RAM: 4GB 2x2 Mushkin Redline
Video: XFX ATI 5770
MOBO: eVGA 750iFTW
PS: Coolermaster 550watt (like 4-5 years old)
Case: Antec 900
HDD: Various Seagate and WD 320's 500's

Want to replace with:

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.ca - ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX


CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

Ok so I will be using this computer almost exclusively for gaming. I will be re-using my case, hdd's and video card. Down the road I will get a SSD and possibly go crossfire. I will also be overclocking the CPU hoping for the big 4.0 . I choose 2X4GB RAM for expandability down the road. My current budget is right around $1000.00 CAN shipped, which is almost where I am at. I would just like to know from you guys, if one: am I going in the right direction and two: is there going to be that much of a difference for me after I upgrade. Thank you to anyone that puts any of there time into looking at this for me!
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Old July 4, 2010, 08:54 PM
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An i5 Will probably provide better performance in gaming. and the Hyper 212+ pairs with it really well.
The Hyper 212+ performs great, (if I recall correctly better than the h50 in some cases), for very cheap.
Also, you don't need 8gb, 4gb is enough.
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Old July 4, 2010, 09:31 PM
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With a $1000 budget, you might as well build a whole new computer instead. If you do plan on rebuilding, do something like the following:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H
Corsair 750HX/650HX
ATI 5850

You will feel a difference in performance for sure. However since your rig is primarily used for gaming, I suggest that you OC your E6750 some more and get a better cooler such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Then grab yourself a ATI 5850 and just call it a day. You might want to upgrade the PSU though. Remember, games benefit the most from a GPU upgrade.
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Old July 4, 2010, 09:35 PM
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hmmm thinking, you have made me do.
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Old July 4, 2010, 09:38 PM
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With a $1000 budget, you might as well build a whole new computer instead. If you do plan on rebuilding, do something like the following:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H
Corsair 750HX/650HX
ATI 5850

You will feel a difference in performance for sure. However since your rig is primarily used for gaming, I suggest that you OC your E6750 some more and get a better cooler such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Then grab yourself a ATI 5850 and just call it a day. You might want to upgrade the PSU though. Remember, games benefit the most from a GPU upgrade.
Hmmm no way that plus RAM is going to be in the $1000 range though.... at least I don't think it would be. Also isn't 6 core pretty much useless in gaming? Secondly I had my cpu at 3.4 for like 3 years and its starting to get mad at me.

Ok I take back the whole can't do it for under $1000.00, it's like $985.00 no taxes no shipping with 4GB of RAM.

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start by dropping a 5850/5870 and the psu in there and see then.
while the 750HX is a nice unit, a bit overkill
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Old July 5, 2010, 04:11 AM
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as others have said.. drop getting the PSU until you want to go crossfire. The 550W will be fine for your upgrade. An old 550W would still be punching 500W with the old capacitors.
Instead of the 965, i'd probably go with the newer 6 core 1055T.. or personally I would go the intel i5 750 route.
As for the ram, I haven't seen many people go the way of 4x2.. most go 2x2 and it's more than sufficient for gaming. You should also look for DDR3 1600Mhz, instead of 1333.
If you like the g.skill ripjaws, these would be good: NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM Ripjaws 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7-24 240PIN Dual Channel i5 Memory Kit - F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM In Canada.
There are lots of good motherboards if you decide to go the i5 750 route - Gigabyte are probably the most popular due to having USB3 and SATA3 on even their lowest end boards.
The UD3/UD5 is a solid board, however it is hard to find a sub$200 mobo with dual x16 slots like the board you have chose for the AMD. This isn't a huge thing - but something to consider. Dual x8/x8 is probably the most you'd need.. but I don't know if it would limit your GPU bandwidth in crossfire at that the dual x8 speed.
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Old July 5, 2010, 05:26 AM
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I like the idea of the new psu, though agree that it could wait 'til you go xfire. If you're going with AMD, then getting a x6 is simply allowing for better performance for any upcoming games, as more are being configured to take advantage of multi core systems. The 1090 would be my choice. Good luck and enjoy!
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Old July 5, 2010, 09:51 AM
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First It would be helpful to know if you are on a 32 or 64bit OS. That will help decide the RAM route you are going.
The G.Skill RipJaws are good for what they are, reliable and very few if any compatibility issues.

You could shave a little of your costs and Opt instead for this GB board which will give you the same functionality at a lower price point.

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard - GA-890GPA-UD3H In Canada.

Drop the Idea of using that H50 , go for a Zalman Flex with a pair of Coolermaster R4 Fans for it. That will probably give you a lot more thermal headroom than the H50. Don't get me wrong, it works in certain situations but it is far from ideal for everything.

The processor is good, tried and true. Wouldn't change that unless you really do want to dabble in 6 Core tech.

And yes, even though its overkill in a non-Xfire system the PSU is solid and a better bet than a 4 year old CM one.
Even still you could get the HX650 or SIlverstone Strider Plus 600 to save a little more coin and invest it in a new HDD or Case or something vs going to such a High wattage model.

My thoughts at least.

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