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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my PC this year, but not sure in what order I should do it. Sometimes I wonder if I should upgrade to an 1100t and video card, or if I should switch to intel, etc. I'm looking to be able to FRAPs BF3@1280x720 when it comes out, to put in perspective what I'm looking for. I already have a separate hard drive set up for media downloads and recording, which helps a lot for recording less demanding games like CoD4 but BC2, JC2, etc. still runs like a slug.
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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my PC this year, but not sure in what order I should do it. Sometimes I wonder if I should upgrade to an 1100t and video card, or if I should switch to intel, etc. I'm looking to be able to FRAPs BF3@1280x720 when it comes out, to put in perspective what I'm looking for. I already have a separate hard drive set up for media downloads and recording, which helps a lot for recording less demanding games like CoD4 but BC2, JC2, etc. still runs like a slug.
Negative on the 1100t. With the release of Intel's Sandy Bridge platform earlier this year it became irresponsible to recommend AMD over Intel, unless you are running applications that will truly benefit from having the 2 additional cores.

My recommendation is to upgrade to a 2500k from Intel and couple it with a ~$100ish motherboard for the best bang for your buck. In addition, BF3 is claiming to be pretty GPU intensive, and if you want to try and play at max settings, even at your resolution, you may want to look at a 5870, GTX 560 ti.
    
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Negative on the 1100t. With the release of Intel's Sandy Bridge platform earlier this year it became irresponsible to recommend AMD over Intel, unless you are running applications that will truly benefit from having the 2 additional cores.

My recommendation is to upgrade to a 2500k from Intel and couple it with a ~$100ish motherboard for the best bang for your buck. In addition, BF3 is claiming to be pretty GPU intensive, and if you want to try and play at max settings, even at your resolution, you may want to look at a 5870, GTX 560 ti.
Would it be better to get a 6xxx or is the 5870 good enough?

I'll also probably have to get new RAM if I upgrade my mobo right?
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Yes you would have to get new RAM, but that's not as bad as it sounds. You can score 8GB for ~$50 if you find the right deal on newegg or perhaps even a Microcenter.

As for the GPU question, that's not so simple. The biggest upgrade of the 6XXX series was better scaling and tessellation IIRC. Outside of that the 68XX series will not outperform the 5870 again IIRC. I would recommend checking some benchmarks from a site like guru3d to be sure of that. However the 6950/70/90 are very good offerings from AMD, though they are a little expensive. One of the benefits is each of those models offer 2GB of VRAM (the 6950 does have a 1GB variant, head's up!), and 2GB of VRAM helps allow you more AA options and such.

Honestly I picked 2 6950's for a reason. If you can afford them they are IMHO the best price/performance for a high end GPU.
    
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Would it be better to get a 6xxx or is the 5870 good enough?

I'll also probably have to get new RAM if I upgrade my mobo right?
Decent ram isnt going to cost you as much as you would think, just depends on how good and how much of it you want lol!
Edited by HandOfAnubis - 6/16/11 at 11:46am
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Since you say "sometime this year", just see how the bulldozer does.
    
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Just found a new recording software called playclaw that supports use of multiple cores if that changes anything. Also a BC2 Benchmark just for completion's sake:


NumFrames; 2470
Time; 49.38800
MinFPS; 34
MaxFPS; 89
AvgFPS; 50
Min Radeon GPU Tc; 58
Max Radeon GPU Tc; 65
Avg Radeon GPU Tc; 61
Min Radeon GPU U%; 0
Max Radeon GPU U%; 94
Avg Radeon GPU U%; 79
Min CPU Tc; 0
Max CPU Tc; 0
Avg CPU Tc; 0
Min CPU U%; 73
Max CPU U%; 96
Avg CPU U%; 85
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Add another 5770 in Crossfire and eventually a new CPU (not the hexacore - BD or SB) later if your current CPU bottlenecks your GPU's by a larger margin. I doubt that though.
Edited by p4p3r - 6/22/11 at 3:45am
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Just found a new recording software called playclaw that supports use of multiple cores if that changes anything. Also a BC2 Benchmark just for completion's sake:


NumFrames; 2470
Time; 49.38800
MinFPS; 34
MaxFPS; 89
AvgFPS; 50
Min Radeon GPU Tc; 58
Max Radeon GPU Tc; 65
Avg Radeon GPU Tc; 61
Min Radeon GPU U%; 0
Max Radeon GPU U%; 94
Avg Radeon GPU U%; 79
Min CPU Tc; 0
Max CPU Tc; 0
Avg CPU Tc; 0
Min CPU U%; 73
Max CPU U%; 96
Avg CPU U%; 85
Playclaw is pretty decent, they have a free version which is nice. SSGWright on here uses it as well, he has the paid version and likes it alot. Easy setup, has a decent overlay while in games and you can set the capture options to whatever you like so you can control them even in game..
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Playclaw is pretty decent, they have a free version which is nice. SSGWright on here uses it as well, he has the paid version and likes it alot. Easy setup, has a decent overlay while in games and you can set the capture options to whatever you like so you can control them even in game..
Yeah, the overlay is nice and reminds me of fraps, but the best things have to be:
-Doesn't limit your framerate to what your recording
-I didn't notice a difference when recording BC2 (still got about 20-25 frames recording at 30 fps with all core settings), but less CPU intensive games like Crysis 2 are waaaay easier to do. Definitely going to get the paid version.
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