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Hi all, I currently have the system listed in my sig, which is a pair of 5850s (just acquired the second) and a Q6600 OC'ed to 3.6 GHz. I've been waiting on upgrading until I found something worthwhile, and the new sandy bridge line has caught my interest.

My question is, though, do you think it would be worthwhile to upgrade yet based on the fact that my computer is used primarily for gaming (I'm one of the many interested in upgrading for Battlefield 3)? My first thought was to switch to a Q9550, but am I correct in assuming that the difference would be negligible, at least for the cost?

Would something like a 2500K get more out of my crossfire setup, or is my Q6600 overclocked enough that it won't bottleneck the 5850s? Or would the leap in tech (and possibility to OC to 4.8-5 GHz) make it "worthwhile"?

For what it's worth, I currently play at 1920x1200 and am a bit of an enthusiast, so it's possible I might get another L2410NM and go for eyefinity sometime down the line, and I have no idea how/if CPUs affect that. Or should I just wait it out for Ivy Bridge next year and do a full overhaul including GPU should I decide to go eyefinity?

Thanks for any thoughts, as I'm basically wondering what I should do with my upcoming tax return: spend it or store it. I also kind of worry that RAM prices will go back up.
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I say hold out upgrading to SB would help your rig out but your pretty balanced right now. I say wait and upgrade everything so it will be balanced once again if you know what I mean. Since you play games at higher res it puts more work on the GPUs anyways and since your running a quad overclocked I think your pretty good to go for the time being. With Ivy Bridge and bulldozer right around the corner going with anything 775 or SB would kinda be a waste when you could save and ge full out when they arrive. Since your gonna go eyefinity in the future might as well wait until you can get everything to run it then.
    
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Hey,

I wouldn't bother upgrading, that will last you another good year until ivy bridge and kepler.

The bottleneck won't be noticeable at your resolution. Only maybe with a second monitor.

However, the VRAM on your cards isn't exactly large enough to support the higher resolution another monitor would bring, with games such as GTA IV, S.T.A.L.K.E.R etc...

If you're an enthusiast like me, wait it out, better things are to come.

See how BF3 handles on your system first, if you deem it to need an extra upgrade, if money is no issue, go i7 2600k + P67 board (obviously), I like the sabertooth TUF series, it looks shweet!

If money is an issue, an i5 2500k and a cheaper P67 board. You can look round OCN for a budget SB build, and there's plenty of discussions on what cheaper boards have best features.

As I said previously though, I would wait. I know how tempting it can be to buy a new system, I already have, before I fully sold my old system (see systems in my profile for details).

If you somehow have a 2gb HD 5850, I stand corrected, and that should be adequate!

Good luck!
    
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a Q2C with 12mb of Cache would be nice in your rig
but seeing your ram and other parts, I'd go with a I5 SB set up
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If you knew you could get 4.2 out of it, I'd say go for it. Problem is you have no guaranty.

At this point, it's smartest to save and move to SB.
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Thanks for the replies so far. I'm leaning towards just waiting it out until I decide whether or not I'm going to do eyefinity, since my 5850 xfire should be enough for BF3. And if it's not, then I suppose I'll upgrade.
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Wait till BF3, the ivy bridge might be release by that time or u can get cheaper SB. Q6600 to SB is a huge upgrade for games that require more cpu power.
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Have you done any benching or watched your gpu usage while gaming to see if there is a bottleneck? I've been tossing around the idea of adding another 5850 to my q6600 now that sapphire 5850 xtreme is only $140.
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Have you done any benching or watched your gpu usage while gaming to see if there is a bottleneck? I've been tossing around the idea of adding another 5850 to my q6600 now that sapphire 5850 xtreme is only $140.
No, I haven't, because I had the same thought as you and picked up the xtreme. I'll have both my cards in a couple days. I was just mainly curious as to how much a cpu upgrade would actually affect gaming besides possible bottlenecking.
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I recently went from a Q6600 @3.6 to a 2500K. In games that dont use that much CPU power there is no difference but in games like BC2, GTA4 and Just Cause 2 it made a huge difference. I have been running a 295GTX the whole time and that was held back by the Q6600 so your GPU setup must be even more held back.

Basically, if the games you r playing r not that CPU intensive it wont matter but for the few that r it will be a big difference.
    
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