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post #11 of 30
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May I ask, why crossfire 6850s?
They are within my budget and I also like the dual fan ones that xfx has. I read they run cooler than my gtx 465. It's summer where I live and my card idles 65c and it's not oc'ed. I also never used ati cards.
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can't you just unlocked the 4th core?

And just wait for bd i think your motherboard should support it with a bios update
I tried but it's not stable. I could only get the 3rd core unlocked.
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Single card solutions are generally prefered if possible to avoid potential driver or scaling issues. newegg.ca puts 2x6870 at $400. You should have gone with a 6970 at $335 or modded/OC'd a 6950 for $240. Then save that extra cash, along with keeping your CPU a bit longer, and wait for BD to launch. Even if you wanted a PIIx4 then the prices would have dropped so you could have picked up one of the higher clocked newer ones for cheap.
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Just get an AMD Phenom II X4 955.

They cost $130 over here, that's nothing compared to the $230 for a 2500K.

From a dual core Phenom to a quad core Phenom, there is a massive difference in gaming overall. You can't even play GTA4 on a dual core, as in, there is not a single dual core CPU out that will play it smoothly enough at all times. (Even the new i3 2300 struggles).
Wrong
http://www.behardware.com/articles/8...dual-core.html

i3 2100 performs very close to i5 750 and PII 975 in GTA4 (only 1fps difference), and it is better than PII X4 955

ALso, the first generation i3 performs on par with Athlon II X4. So, even the older i3 can compete with a budget quad core in GTA 4
Edited by ThePath - 5/31/11 at 12:49am
post #15 of 30
Bulldozer will come shortly with x 4, 6 and x 8. Your IV will support them all. Why not go with x 8? The x 8 will be appr. $300 but X 6 will be mid $200's maybe low. Just sayin.....
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post #16 of 30
Rather just wait for Bulldozer friend. Get the GPU upgrade. Go and get yourself a HD6970, save the rest of the money you have, and get Bulldozer when it comes out. Then when you have the cash in 6 months thereafter or even a year, Crossfire.
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It was just a thought I keep forgetting about bulldozer. Is there an exact release date yet?
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post #18 of 30
Not as far as I know, but it should be soon. There are Gigabyte AM3+ motherboards available, link in another thread, and I noticed that all the online resellers here in South Africa have shortened their list of AM3 motherboards by at least two thirds. So I don't know if I'm right in saying it won't take that long anymore. But think about it. If you were fine up 'till now, you'll still be fine with your machine for at least another three months. Get yourself a nice HD6970, or a GTX580/GTX570, depending on what you want to spend, and save up the rest for a good Bulldozer setup. If you want to buy NOW, get Sandy Bridge. That's just my opinion.
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AMD says its in August +/- and no need for more then 4 cores for gaming.
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I tried but it's not stable. I could only get the 3rd core unlocked.
Whats your CPU/NB clock at

and when you tried unlocking, did try adding voltage to the CPU/NB, it often helps

EDIT: oh its a x2 unlocked to x3
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