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Ok so I have been a long time gamer but havn't really bought a gaming pc for many years because the systems seemed to work fine...but now the PC has really rolled ahead after 5 years so i built my own...anyway I think I have everything hooked up right...but I need some advice on overclocking.

I have the AMD Catalyst Control but it seems to be very unstable...I tried watching a video about overclocking but my bios is way different then what they had. So is there another software I should get? or is bios the way to go? Should I overclock my Motherboard, CPU, and GPU? What would improve my performance the most? Would adding a second 6970 in Crossfire be worth it? here are my specs:

Phenom II 1100T x6 Black Edition, Radeon HD 6970 2GB, AMD MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard, 8gb Corsair DDR3 1333mhz, 160GB Revodrive Solid State PCI HD, 2TB WD 7500rpm HD, Lite-On DVD-R 24x, Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

So I just bought the Witcher 2 and I want to get the most performance that i can from it. Running on Ultra with Uber-Sampling and everything on in 1080p i only get about 18-25fps...with uber off i get 30-35 and turn off SSAO and i get another 40-45. not that this is bad performance but I would like to know if I can go higher or maybe i need dual GPU for ubersampling.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 1100T x6 Black AMD MSI 890FXA-GD65 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 8gb Corsair DDR3 1333mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB Revodrive Solid State PCI, 2TB WD 7500rpm Lite-On DVD-R 24x Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit LG 22" 1080p LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MK700 Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply CoolerMaster HAF 932 Logitech microgear optical 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 1100T x6 Black AMD MSI 890FXA-GD65 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 8gb Corsair DDR3 1333mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB Revodrive Solid State PCI, 2TB WD 7500rpm Lite-On DVD-R 24x Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit LG 22" 1080p LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MK700 Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply CoolerMaster HAF 932 Logitech microgear optical 
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post #2 of 6
Better RAM will allow you to go a bit higher. 1333 @ CL9 (is this correct?) is not too ideal when your setup includes an SSD. Use RAM that will take full advantage of it; 1600Mhz kits can be found at low price. Most generic 1333 CL9 kits will barely or not OC.
post #3 of 6
Use your bios, there are plenty of overclocking stickies.
Pre OCN build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Super Writemaster DVDr Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster Antec Basiq power 550 + 
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Bitfenix Raider 
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phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Super Writemaster DVDr Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster Antec Basiq power 550 + 
Case
Bitfenix Raider 
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post #4 of 6
IMHO, the two things tat will most likely give you the biggest performance increase would be overclocking that 1100t (its a black edition after all) and if youre gaming at 1080p on a relitivly large monitor, you could consider a second GPU. This is even more of a good idea considering the scaling of the 6000 series. In most instances, you can pull off over a 60% increase in performance by going xfire.
Id definantly OC the 1100t though. Ive heard they OC very well, and the extra headroom should prove quite benificial in gaming.
One other thing to keep in mind: AMD is said to be releasing the Southern Islands family of GPU's this holiday season. Something to keep in mind. You may want to stick with what you have for now, and upgrade to a 7000 card when released. The new 28nm process should prove to be very advantagous over the current run of cards. Thats just my two cents though.
Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.032ghz ROG Crosshair IV Formula XFX Radeon HD5870 1GB 4GB Kingston Hyper X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair F60 SSD & 500GB WD Caviar Black Samsung 22x DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 3x LG Flatron 20" In Eyefinity 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Silverstone Strider Pro 750w modular Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 1300dpi 
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Razer Vespula 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.032ghz ROG Crosshair IV Formula XFX Radeon HD5870 1GB 4GB Kingston Hyper X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair F60 SSD & 500GB WD Caviar Black Samsung 22x DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 3x LG Flatron 20" In Eyefinity 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Silverstone Strider Pro 750w modular Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 1300dpi 
Mouse Pad
Razer Vespula 
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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
thank you for your helps peoples, im learning all sorts of stuff. Think i will wait out for a better GPU later on instead of crossfire which will only be a 50%perf boost for $300, honestly my 6970 is really pretty fine...I am contracting someone to manufacture me some custom high speed ram with 0 latency.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 1100T x6 Black AMD MSI 890FXA-GD65 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 8gb Corsair DDR3 1333mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB Revodrive Solid State PCI, 2TB WD 7500rpm Lite-On DVD-R 24x Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit LG 22" 1080p LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MK700 Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply CoolerMaster HAF 932 Logitech microgear optical 
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My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 1100T x6 Black AMD MSI 890FXA-GD65 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 8gb Corsair DDR3 1333mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB Revodrive Solid State PCI, 2TB WD 7500rpm Lite-On DVD-R 24x Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit LG 22" 1080p LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech MK700 Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply CoolerMaster HAF 932 Logitech microgear optical 
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post #6 of 6
You got it man, thats what we are here for.
Main Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.032ghz ROG Crosshair IV Formula XFX Radeon HD5870 1GB 4GB Kingston Hyper X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair F60 SSD & 500GB WD Caviar Black Samsung 22x DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 3x LG Flatron 20" In Eyefinity 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Silverstone Strider Pro 750w modular Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 1300dpi 
Mouse Pad
Razer Vespula 
  hide details  
Reply
Main Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.032ghz ROG Crosshair IV Formula XFX Radeon HD5870 1GB 4GB Kingston Hyper X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair F60 SSD & 500GB WD Caviar Black Samsung 22x DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 3x LG Flatron 20" In Eyefinity 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Silverstone Strider Pro 750w modular Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 1300dpi 
Mouse Pad
Razer Vespula 
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