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I got some money to spend and im trying to decide if i should get either a

phenom ii 955

a 2nd GTS 450 for sli

or a GTX 550ti

This is all for my sig rig, i currently have a phenom 555 at 4.4ghz and a single gts 450. I do some gaming, like witcher 2, ac3, oblivion, etc., some video encoding, and alot of watching hd video. I also love to overclock. I was thinking the cpu cus i like to overclock and some of the games im playing can actually utilize 4 cores. I was thinking about the 2nd gts 450 cus after doing alot of research 2 450's in sli overclocked will generally do better than like a gtx 460 and i was thinking about the 550 cus i have a 10% off for a 550 or 560 from EVGA but the 560 is out of budget. I know bulldozer will be coming out soon, but i plan on selling off my sig rig and building a new one built around the bulldozer by then so im not gonna wait.

So just thought id try and get some opinions on what to do.
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post #2 of 12
Can't you unlock the two extra cores on that chip?
     
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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
no i couldnt get it done with my mobo, windows would never load
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post #4 of 12
Buy new cpu,sell old one,add cash,buy 2nd card.
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post #5 of 12
CPU. And save for a better GPU. Or just a better GPU, your dual is okay for now
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post #6 of 12
^ agreed ^
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post #7 of 12
I would get a new GPU. But this is from a gaming standpoint.
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post #8 of 12
New cpu is my vote right now Superj1977 is right-you could sell and buy your new one, still have cash left to put toward a gpu.
    
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post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
if i go for a new gpu, should i go for a second gts 450 or a 550ti
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post #10 of 12
Buy a Phenom II x4 955 first...

all I have to say is...

such a deal, YOU BUY NOW!!!
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