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And I figured I would get overclock's perspective. Would I be better off buying another ATI Radeon HD 4870 and crossfiring it with my current one, or buying a newer model to replace the 4870 altogether? My concern is that buying another 4870 (which it may be hard to find one instead of a 2 pack) will not increase performance as much using one monitor as a replacement newer model would, and it would require a lot of power. I have my specs listed in my profile but seeing as how I'm the one asking for advice...

MB : M4A79 Deluxe
CPU: Phenom II X4 3.0 Ghz
RAM: 8GB DDR2 800 Mhz
GPU: HD 4870 1GB DDR5
PSU: PCP&C 750W Silencer
Case: Antec 1200

If I left out anything crucial let me know and I'll edit

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I would replace the video card if you have the money, as there is DX11 involved, and BF3 should be a pretty taxing game.
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Overclock that cpu...

Give us a budget and we can suggest a good gpu replacement.
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id replace with a 6870 they run right about $200.
    
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I'd get a 6870, and overclock your CPU. BF3 could really make use of 4 GHz
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I'd get a 6870, and overclock your CPU. BF3 could really make use of 4 GHz
Would overclocking my CPU require me to replace the stock AMD heatsink? It idles at about 39C and gets up to 54-55ish playing bad company 2.
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Last time I made a BF3 post, it got locked...

Anyway, I agree with most here. Get a single HD6870 (if you can afford it, then a single HD6950 would be great price/performance). Yeah, if you could get that CPU to 4 Ghz., that'd also be great If you don't know how to OC, you can always ask in here or look for guides. I bet there's a lot of guides here on OCN

EDIT: And yes. Replace your stock heat sink with e.g. a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (awesome price/performance ratio!), if on an budget. If you can afford it, you'd might want to try some higher end solution like Corsair H80, Noctua NH-D14 or Antec Kühler 920. If you're in the midle of those then I'd suggest a Corsair H60 or Antec Kühler 620
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 7/27/11 at 12:23pm
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