Worth a upgrade?

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Hello People, im thinking about a upgrade, was wondering if i would see a major diffrence in this upgrade from my current rig in my sig.

At the moment my rig is ok, but prob struggle on some new games,

I use my pc mainly for Generall windows use, some games, watching HD movies, and some encoding. And is the spec i have choosen any good?

Any info would be great

Cheers


XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £308.99
(£268.69) £308.99
(£268.69)
Samsung PB22-J 128GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive (MMCRE28G5MXP-0VB) £234.99
(£204.34) £234.99
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Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail + Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Game £208.99
(£181.73) £208.99
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EVGA X58 SLI Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £205.99
(£179.12) £205.99
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Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-14400C9 (1866MHz) Tri-Channel (TR3X6G1866C9DF) £154.99
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Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283 CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/LGA775)
 
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To be honest, in all of the applications except encoding the i7 rig won't make much difference at all, all you really need is a graphics card upgrade and possibly overclock your CPU a bit more to get stellar performance in games.

I believe an SSD would be a good idea if you can afford it as it will speed up your day-to-day computing.

As for which graphics card, a 5870 like you picked is a good idea (could always drop down to a 5850 for a bit less performance and alot less money). However, I would wait for the ASUS cards to hit retail as the "voltage tweak" which overclocks the cards while under warranty looks fantasic.

If you need a good cooler for overclocking your CPU further, this one is great value and this one is the top-end option.
 
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+1 with andi about getting an SSD to boost general windows performance - consider getting a small OCZ Vertex or similar around 30/32GB (possibly 60/64 if you have the money and several key programs) to work just as an O/S drive.
 
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Thanks for the Info, im trying to stay away from Asus products, i got my 3820x2 gone for a RMA so this might be resolved if they replace the card with a new one. The RMA with asus is a pain in the time taken to get a replacement, I know there products are good but need a good warranty as well, so if they sent me a 4890 there would be no point upgrading. I have tried to clock the cpu over 3.2 ghz but it wont do any higher.
 
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