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I don't think so. I ran better than my buddy in benches and games (FPS wise). With my single 5770-1090t, than his GTX470-X4. It does make a difference.
I highly doubt that... what were you benching? CPU benchmarks?
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Get the AMD Set-up. Buy an AM3+ mobo like this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131733

And once Bulldozer arrives, sell the 1090T and buy Bulldozer.

Profit!
   
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post #23 of 30
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I don't think so. I ran better than my buddy in benches and games (FPS wise). With my single 5770-1090t, than his GTX470-X4. It does make a difference.
What was the speed of his X4 ? and what model was it ?
post #24 of 30
If you are going AMD, you should probably wait for new AMD Bulldozer CPU coming out in a month.

Otherwise, i5/560 Ti. In CPU intensive games like SC2 and Civ V, the i5 will help out. I am biased against the 570 since two died on me.
post #25 of 30
+1 to the i5 2500k & GTX 560 Ti.

AM3 is approaching EOL while LGA 1155 is brand new. Its much easier in the future to upgrade a single GPU than Mobo + CPU. Plus, Sandy Bridge is a beast and overclocks like none other and more than likely will last you at least another 1-2 years. GTX 560 Ti is enough for the majority of games to be played at optimal settings in 1080p with very good FPS.
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I like that you mentioned this, you'll end up being ecstatic with any of the hardware mentioned in this thread.

I also researched and talked here about the best price > performance ratio card when I was upgrading a while ago.
I am not trying to be offensive, sorry if I came out this way. But from what I have experienced the 6 core did help quite a bit. Plus I have had great overclocking potential with mine.
post #27 of 30
Most everything of import in this decision has already been said here ... So, I'm just going to add that, when you get right down to it, the 'better' choice is going to depend on what specific game you play on the rig, and what settings you play it at.

Also, it seems like, if video rendering is important to you, the 2600 would be worthy of your consideration as well, seeing as how it does the hyperthreading and all. Also I'm pretty sure that, despite the extra 2 cores on the AMD chip, with both at max OC's, the 2500 is actually going to be the faster of the two for the purposes of rendering as well.

Personally I'd be inclined to go with the Sandy/560ti combo if I were in your shoes. That way if you ever decided to go SLI, you'll be in fine shape ...

IOW, whilst I think that the 1090t is totally adequate for one 560, it's a little bit on the slow side for SLI 560's. Not that it'd be a big BN or anything, but there's a number of CPU-dependent games where it would be noticeably slower than an i5/i7.

Lastly, the 570 is really not that much faster than the 560 anyways
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post #28 of 30
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That's very true. I can live with having a few settings on "high" instead of "Very high" when gaming. I'm only gonna be playing at 1080p and not anything higher than that, and also I'm not going to be playing games with extreme requirements that often. I don't play that many mainstream games. I will be playing games like Portal 2 (my computer will definitely max that out) and Phantasy Star Online 2 when that comes out. Either way, the i5 build I mentioned will be good enough for what I need. I'd wait for bulldozer if it had a solid release date.
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post #29 of 30
Get the better CPU because it will last you longer and it's cheaper/easier to upgrade to a new GPU than to upgrade to a new CPU.

If a game won't run properly on a GTX 560, the same will happen on the GTX 570. There's like a 15% difference between the 2. Imagine 15% on a game that runs at 20 or 25FPS. No matter what GPU you have it will still run like crap.
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If your gaming then CPU isnt a big deal at all, If your happy with the overall speed your computer is outputting then just upgrade the GPU as long as your power supply is capable.
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