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To Upgrade or To Rebuild, that is the question


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#1 LordSoren

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:46 PM

As a minor nerd, I tend to build a high end system with lots of upgrade potential every few years. My current computer is starting to reach the end of its lifecycle and I am looking at upgrading or rebuilding some or most of the components in the computer and was wondering what should be my order of priorities should be:

Motherboard: P5W-DH Deluxe
Processor: Intel Pentium D 945 (I know I skimped on the processor when building this computer)
GPU: ATI 1950 512MB (I think I toasted its companion ATI 1950XTX 512MB Crossfire Edition and have removed it)
Ram: 8GB (4x2GB PC2-6400 Kingston) - Recently upgraded
OS: Windows XP 32-bit SP3 (I know, I am not utilizing all my ram)
Powersupply: 750W Toughpower
HDD: Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 320-GB Hard Drive (I don't need more storage, I have a NAS with 4TB on it)
Cooling: Thermatake BigWater 760IS on processor, stock cooling on GPU

Also, I have friend with 1-2 Gigabyte HD5850 OC 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E2.0 Video Cards for sale. Would PCI-E2.0 be compatable with my existing mobo and if so can these gpus be set up in a crossfire setup?

EDIT: Sorry, submitted post before putting all the details in.

Edited by LordSoren, 23 June 2011 - 09:53 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:15 AM

Yes your motherboard supports Crossfire.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:20 AM

Perhaps I was unclear and my apologies for that. When I built this computer you were required to have an ATI GPU and an ATI Crossfire GPU in order to get the full benefit of the Crossfire technology. What I am now concerned about is if the existing motherboard will support PCIe-2.0 and if I can use 2 of the cards listed in a crossfire configuration for even more powerful graphics processing. The specs on Asus's website says that it has:
2 x PCI-E x 16 / 2 x PCI-E x 1/ 3 x PCI
Is PCI-E x 16 compliant to PCI-E 2.0 and additionally can the Gigabyte HD5850 be used in a crossfire set up or do you need a "Gigabyte HD5850 Crossfire Edition" to utilize this capability?

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:33 AM

Just to clear it up here, they will work but your processor is a Pentium D and when you crossfire it and start gaming, there might be some bottleneck with the processor.

Edited by killerx525, 24 June 2011 - 09:33 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:49 PM

I would focus on the motherboard but, that would also be expensive since you would need to replace the CPU, motherboard, and RAM. Given the age of your CPU, this would offer a substantial increase in speed and pave the way for not having a bottleneck with a modern GPU. To keep all upgrade paths open, I would go for an AMD 990FX, or 970, based system. This will allow you to use current AM3 CPU's, but also allow for AM3+ CPU's when they are released soon. You will probably need to rebuy Windows, but I think you know this all along.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:52 PM

A rebuild is the way to go, you can reuse some parts.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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