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Greetings, ive been waiting patiently(sorta) to upgrade my CPU to Bulldozer this month, the realization that it's going to be another couple months still, has me sad.

So now i'm left wondering if I should just go ahead and upgrade to a Phenom II X6 now and just wait to get Bulldozer when they release the second gen.

My main reason being that while I can play most games maxed, the game that I play the most Shogun II, is bottlenecked considerably by my weak CPU. And the reason I say X6 is that I do alot of video encoding and those two extra cores would help alot. I want to stay all AMD, so Intel is out of the question.

What do you guys think?
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I would wait for Bulldozer
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I'm actually waiting...no sense in dropping my A2X4-630@3.5ghz for a PII when BD comes in a few months time...the mobos are being sold right now so I'd suggest waiting and rather max out on the RAM first if you're doing encoding. just my 2 cents
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I would wait to see what bd has to offer, so much speculation about how it will perform, if you can wait then wait or else just get the x6
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Wait for BD even if your not getting BD as Thuban prices will likely drop. Its only a short while, why not? (Where are you guys getting months?)
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Originally Posted by Olepolecat View Post
Greetings, ive been waiting patiently(sorta) to upgrade my CPU to Bulldozer this month, the realization that it's going to be another couple months still, has me sad.

So now i'm left wondering if I should just go ahead and upgrade to a Phenom II X6 now and just wait to get Bulldozer when they release the second gen.

My main reason being that while I can play most games maxed, the game that I play the most Shogun II, is bottlenecked considerably by my weak CPU. And the reason I say X6 is that I do alot of video encoding and those two extra cores would help alot. I want to stay all AMD, so Intel is out of the question.

What do you guys think?
I personally want a ludicrously high clocked quad over a lower clocked 6/8 core, but it depends on how high clocked the 6/8 core procs were.

My logic is based on wanting gaming performance more than faster encoding.

Going from a single to dual core to a quad was great for encoding, obviously going to a 6 or 8 core proc would increase that drastically more assuming the software supports it, but the increase from dual encoding times to quad is good enough for me. But this can all change based on the speed and price of the 6/8 core procs, even the current hexa core procs out are already clocked higher than my quad. I also factored in even with the amazing increase in encoding times I saw from going from a low end dual core to my quad I realize I'm actually using a low end quad, so a mid/high end quad would logically be even better for encoding compared to my current quad's performance.

I think you should wait for BD, or even IvyBridge. BD is so close to release that you'd likely regret not waiting.

It wouldn't surprise me if ID's Rage came out of nowhere and supported 6/8 core procs.
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I mean there is always the option to find a, very cheap, used Thuban for the moment. Should be easy enough with the current pricing of SandyBridge.
     
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Whether you're going to get either of them, i'd wait it off until BD is released. Prices will be lower then. You currently have a low-end quadcore CPU, that's more than enough for the moment. Unless you're a Benchmarker or want to play at extreme settings.
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I've had tri (740BE), quad (965BE) and hex (1090T) Phenom II chips so far. Granted, those have the extra cache the Athlon II does not, although I doubt that's a big issue. Each CPU has been overclocked, the lowest of which was 3.63 Ghz (tri, 3.8 (quad) and 4.0 (hex). In terms of video encoding, around 3.75 Ghz the hex can walk away from the quad @ 3.8. But I don't think it's a worthy upgrade just for that. I know speed is codec dependent (I use h264), but Sandy Bridge currently slaps an overclocked Thuban around at stock speeds.

Given that Bulldozer is aimed to compete with Sandy Bridge, and will at least be a faster processor (top end is quoting some pretty decent core frequencies), I would suggest waiting. Judging by the rumor mill, it will be about a 2 month minimum wait. It's not a life or death situation. I can understand going with AMD instead of Intel; I'm a bit of an underdog supporter myself, but will admit that Intel is producing some surprisingly good things. I'm not sold on Ivy Bridge yet, but Sandy Bridge is good (though I don't quite consider it enough of an upgrade from Thuban to rationalize the cost).

Just keep it in your pants and wait
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by UnexplodedCow View Post
Just keep it in your pants and wait
LOL .... There will always be something new every few months. I would say jump on a cheap 6 core or switch to sandy bridge.
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