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Here is my current machine specs below. I am having lag issues in BC2, Black Ops, etc. And I have two 24" monitors, I turn one off to help and run a lower resolution in low to play the games. Seems making the card run cooler hasn't helped much. So I maybe at the limits of my 9800GX2. What is the recommendations to upgrade to maybe a 6950 or 6970? Will my motherboard support them in crossfire mode and will my processor be a bottleneck of any type? Thanks ahead of time! I am wondering if I should just do a full upgrade instead of just the video cards if it's really needing it. I also preordered BF3 so my machine will need to be able to handle that game.

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Memory G.Skill 4GB – 2 x 2GB DDR2 SDRAM PC2-8000 Dual Channel
Hard Drive Qty. 3 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500gb 7200RPM SATA Internal HD in Raid 5 and 128GB SSD Vortex
Video Card BFG Tech Geforce 9800 GX2 1GB (512mb per GPU) 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
Monitor Dell 2405FPW Ultrasharp
Monitor #2 Asus 24"
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Power Supply Corsair 750w Certified PFC Comp.
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Originally Posted by nizmoz View Post
Here is my current machine specs below. I am having lag issues in BC2, Black Ops, etc. And I have two 24" monitors, I turn one off to help and run a lower resolution in low to play the games. Seems making the card run cooler hasn't helped much. So I maybe at the limits of my 9800GX2. What is the recommendations to upgrade to maybe a 6950 or 6970? Will my motherboard support them in crossfire mode and will my processor be a bottleneck of any type? Thanks ahead of time! I am wondering if I should just do a full upgrade instead of just the video cards if it's really needing it. I also preordered BF3 so my machine will need to be able to handle that game.

Manufacturer Built
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50ghz, w/2048kb L2 Cache
Memory G.Skill 4GB – 2 x 2GB DDR2 SDRAM PC2-8000 Dual Channel
Hard Drive Qty. 3 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500gb 7200RPM SATA Internal HD in Raid 5 and 128GB SSD Vortex
Video Card BFG Tech Geforce 9800 GX2 1GB (512mb per GPU) 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
Monitor Dell 2405FPW Ultrasharp
Monitor #2 Asus 24"
Sound Card Audio Chipset Realtek ALC889A Audio Channels 8 Channels
Speakers Dell Surround Sound
Headphones Logitech
Keyboard Logitech Lighted Non-Gaming Keyboard
Mouse Logitech MX 510 Gaming Mouse
Surface Desk
Operating System Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 – LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
Case Cooler Master RC-690 II Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
Power Supply Corsair 750w Certified PFC Comp.
I would recommend getting a 6950 and unlocking it to a 6970. If you don't want to overclock then get a 6970.

Also, your motherboard should support crossfire seeing as it has 2 x16 pcie slots.
post #3 of 11
Is that Q8300 at stock speed? Overclocking it will surely help. Games should run better when you clock it to around 3.2Ghz. Also the HD6950 is a nice card, and your board can run them in crossfire.
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A 6850 or 6870 will fit your system better. As for the person who mentioned getting a 6970 if you don't want to overclock...what if they want to overclock with a 6970? I know mine does alright in that regard (1000 Mhz core, 1500 Mhz RAM, stock voltage)
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Is that Q8300 at stock speed? Overclocking it will surely help. Games should run better when you clock it to around 3.2Ghz. Also the HD6950 is a nice card, and your board can run them in crossfire.
I have tried to OC the damn thing, but any setting I change in that area of the board, it reboots, shows it's OC, then it reboots again and resets itself! I have had no luck with this board getting it to accept any OC or keeping it. Seems by google search others have the same issue with this board.
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I would recommend You to get better CPU :/ Even with my GTX260 which I'm using for PhysX I getting nice FPS in game You've noticed here. Single GTX260 is faster by few FPS in games, so as You can see it's all depends on CPU.
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That means, new motherboard, memory, and cpu. :/ I had a feeling it would come to that.
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Imo a 6950 could be bottlenecked by the cpu
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Not always. Just try to find a Q9550 or something of that nature. That'll smoke your Q8300 outright at stock speeds.

Aside from all this, the 9800GX2 is old. Not gonna lie there. It's a GTX 285 equivalent with half the ram. Not that great. Least not by today's standards.

Personally, I think the 6950 will yield the most impressive results for the lowest price.
     
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Is that Q8300 at stock speed? Overclocking it will surely help. Games should run better when you clock it to around 3.2Ghz. Also the HD6950 is a nice card, and your board can run them in crossfire.
Xfire with that chip would be extreme bottleneck.....
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