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I have a small amount of cash for an upgrade!

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So I'm bored of how things are currently with my setup and I feel like it's upgrade time :P!!!!

So £130 spare, what to do??

I currently have :

Phenom II 3.2ghz - Bulldozer would be a pointless upgrade for me as I feel it's fine how it is.

Asus M5A97 - Just upgraded.

G-Skill 4GB - Ordered 4GB more. Corsair, I know it's a different brand but realistically I'm not going to notice any problems. IMO the whole get the same branded RAM is a marketing hype.

OCZ Agility 3 - Fine as it is although I will no doubt in the future get another to put into RAID 0.

Storage, I would like more but I'm not going to fork out the ridiculous costs.

NZXT M59 case - I would like one as mine's a bit tacky. The one I want in the Corsair 800D but that's WAY out of my price range @ £200!

Graphics card - I currently have a 5770. I would like a better card but I feel no games (apart from Battlefield 3) use my card to it's full capacity. All the games I play are console ports basically and it pisses me off to no end!!!!!!!!!

Screen. I was thinking a nice screen as my Packard Bell one I got on the cheap it starting to show it's age with the colours. Any recommendations? 19+ inch display, 1440x900 or higher only!

Anything else?

Thanks!

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Get the same brand RAM is not always a marketing hype Mr Dan :D

What if the timings and voltages are completely different when you get your Corsair ? You can't tell the BIOS to run 2 modules at 1.5v 9-9-9-24 and two at 1.6v 9-11-9-28, yea you can drop the timings on the faster ones, but dropping the voltage on some or raising it on others might cause a new set of bluescreens for you to play with

If you buy another LCD @ 1080p - that 5770 won't be able to max much out anymore, so new monitor = new GPU too !

If it was me, I would sell the 5770, stick the $$$$ in with your £130 - buy a new GPU, then get a new LCD @ 1080p later

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Get a Nintendo Wii and Zelda: Skyward Sword :)

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So in the end I opted for a new keyboard and mouse. I kinda went overboard but I don't regret it :P.

I bought the Microsoft Sidewinder X4 keyboard and the Microsoft Sidewinder X8. So far, the keyboard is a great! I love the orange backlit keys and the weight of the keys. The X8 Mouse is amazing as far as mice go! 1 Feature that is a complete winner is the rechargeable battery. It has the convenience with the wireless and the magnetic rechargeable wire is a brilliant innovation!!! Paid a total of £90 inc postage :pinch::wacko::D

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Nice choice Mr Dan !

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Just built a AMD Phenom ii x4 960T with 16gigs of ddr3 1280 60gig ssd drive 2tb drive for back up amd hd 6770 video card 100watt power suppl love it my lowest rating is 7.4 my video card lol

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I hope you mean a 1000w power supply :P

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Just built a AMD Phenom ii x4 960T with 16gigs of ddr3 1280 60gig ssd drive 2tb drive for back up amd hd 6770 video card 100watt power suppl love it my lowest rating is 7.4 my video card lol

Very nice, you beat me on some !

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MUHAHAHA! Dave can't beat my 7.4 for the HDD :D

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@taz1963 I guess you're using RAID 0 on 2 SSD's? That's my next step after a new graphics card!

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yes I meant 1000w go ssd I got a Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive of ebay for 85 with shipping have it in ahci mode and use the 2tb drive to store all my files just directed my pictures and music and documents to that drive so if the drive ever crashes I have all my files on the 2tb drive and all I do is reinstall windows then just direct everything to the 2tb drive

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Newegg has a ssd drive on sale for 79.99 then a 20 dollar mail in rebate in is a shell shoker deal only a 60 gig drive but if you turn off hibernation files you have alot of room I turned mine off after installing all my programs and still have 21gigs left

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Just upgraded to the fx-8120 wowit is fast

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The competition is getting a little close for comfort now :P lol

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Guess time for a new video card for me lol

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7.9 with the Unreleased Sapphire 7850 OC Edition :D Suck it biatches xD

My review here : http://www.neowin.ne...-edition-review

wow maxed out score, mind loading up windows 8 CP? I'd be interested to see what that thing's score is on there

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wow maxed out score, mind loading up windows 8 CP? I'd be interested to see what that thing's score is on there

Unfortunately there are no drivers for Windows 8 CP at the moment. I'll post if they appear in the next few days.

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the nd 6870 gets 7.9 on windows 7 my friend has the card and that what he gets

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Unfortunately there are no drivers for Windows 8 CP at the moment. I'll post if they appear in the next few days.

I reckon my CFX 6850s would still kick its ass in FPS :D lol

WEI doesn't run its GPU benchmark in fullscreen so it only tests 1 GPU

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Match it up against the review here :D.

I know I didn't focus on it a lot, but the power consumptions are very small in comparison!

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I read the review the other day and posted a comment !

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Yea I saw :). How did it compare to you setup?

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3DMark11 I get about an extra 1000 points

http://3dmark.com/3dm11/2326663

Heaven 3.0 I get a shed load more, even with it maxed out I get Max FPS @ 91.7fps vs the 7850 @ 41fps on default

With the default stock settings I was way up in the hundreds, I don't have the results at hand atm

DiRT3 maxxed out constant 60fps with vsync on, haven't tried it with vsync off but at a guess I'd say at least close to double the 7850s score on its own

BF3 I can't test very well because BF3 + CFX + AMD Drivers = Fail - I get sometimes better fps running 1 card than CFX with that game so I can't do a CFX bench :(

F1 2011 No idea, I remember CFX causing massive problems with it last time I played, like 2fps seriously and I am not a big fan of F1 either so never tried to fix it

I reckon 2 x 7850s would eat my CFX setup, but this still kicks ass atm vs 1 x 7850 :D

My brother had the 560ti and in fair tests when my CFX worked properly I was way ahead of him in everything, but card for card, the 560ti was about the power of one and a half of my 6850s

Problem I have got though, I popped one of my cards a few weeks ago and managed to get RMA on it, the new one arrived and works fine but will not OC :( so I'm stuck with 775/1000 now, but apart from benchmarking I doubt I`ll notice any real world differences in games

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