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Hey guys this is my very first post so bare with me.

I'm currently running:
MB-M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
Video Cards- 2 5770 cross fired
CPU-AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition OCed to 3840.
DRAM-4x4 gskill ripjaw12g
PSU-Corsair 850
CASE- Antec 1200

add on-v6GT cpu fan.

it runs at around 40c. When i play some games, it gets up to around 48-50c. I've been playing more games than usual lately so I've been leaning more towards better video cards. Any help would be appreciated.
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DRAM-4x4 gskill ripjaw12g

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Those 5770's are pretty good cards IMO. Especially xfired, so I mean if you aren't having any trouble running the games you want at a satisfying setting then don't bother. I would personally wait for SB-E / Ivy Bridge or BullDozer..

BUT.. If your wanting to spend some cash now, are you wanting to keep your Xfire setup? Or just a single GPU?
Single - GTX 580/590 for nVidia / 6950/6970 2GB for AMD
SLI or Xfire - GTX 470's, 560 Ti's, or if you want a lot of bang SLI 580s/590s
For Xfire maybe 2 of the 6950's or 6970's, or just keep your cards and wait for new series.

Maybe a better CPU? (Maybe more OC head-room?
i5 2500k is an amazing CPU or a i7 2600k, will be a indefinite upgrade from your current CPU and you get a lot of OC headroom even on stock cooling. 215$ for an i5, and 314$ for a i7.

If you upgrade to one of these CPU's, grab a new mobo. z68 boards are really nice, but you can pick up a p67 and it'll do you just fine. Only difference between the 2 is if you want SATA3 and whatnot for better performance on your SSDs from what I hear.

But lastly, if your completely satisfied, grab a SSD or something, it'll make for a nice, speedy, and awesome boot time and read/write experience
 
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I feel like sometimes the video cards are running good, and the next day they lag. which is why i was leaning more towards upgrading the cards. i would love to go intel but like you said id then have to upgrade the MOBO. I'm running 4x4 gskill ripjaw 10666 which i believe is compatible with the i7. The z68 is around $180 plus the i7 $308, not to mention after upgrading those ill still be back to where i was about the video cards.
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True, but it could also be a CPU bottleneck from the cards or vise versa. (But I doubt it, although I'm not 100% on that.)

But aside from that, are you wanting to keep your Xfire setup? Or go with a single GPU?
 
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Originally Posted by GabrielH87 View Post
I feel like sometimes the video cards are running good, and the next day they lag. which is why i was leaning more towards upgrading the cards. i would love to go intel but like you said id then have to upgrade the MOBO. I'm running 4x4 gskill ripjaw 10666 which i believe is compatible with the i7. The z68 is around $180 plus the i7 $308, not to mention after upgrading those ill still be back to where i was about the video cards.
I say OC you're cpu some more, get a better CPU cooler, sell the video cards you have now, and get a GTX580. Thats just me...I haven't had much luck with ATI cards, and I have yet to do anything on my PC that feels sluggish due to my CPU. So, it will be a while before I upgrade my CPU.

Just my .92

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post #7 of 23
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btw thank you for the feedback.

well i guess it depends on the amount of $ and whats logical, not knowing too much about cards obviously some cards are better than some xfired. i think in the long run i enjoy the thought of being xfired and i plan on having this rig for a while so i would probably want to eventually upgrade to xfire if i could only afford one great card but would want to add the 2nd later down the line. not to mention i had a crash last week suring a game which i beleive was from the video cards. Maybe being OCed a bit too much odk. both running 960mhz GPU and 1250mhz memory clocks. again i play on highest settings but to me the game still lags.
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Originally Posted by Dustin1 View Post
Those 5770's are pretty good cards IMO. Especially xfired, so I mean if you aren't having any trouble running the games you want at a satisfying setting then don't bother. I would personally wait for SB-E / Ivy Bridge or BullDozer..

BUT.. If your wanting to spend some cash now, are you wanting to keep your Xfire setup? Or just a single GPU?
Single - GTX 580/590 for nVidia / 6950/6970 2GB for AMD
SLI or Xfire - GTX 470's, 560 Ti's, or if you want a lot of bang SLI 580s/590s
For Xfire maybe 2 of the 6950's or 6970's, or just keep your cards and wait for new series.

Maybe a better CPU? (Maybe more OC head-room?
i5 2500k is an amazing CPU or a i7 2600k, will be a indefinite upgrade from your current CPU and you get a lot of OC headroom even on stock cooling. 215$ for an i5, and 314$ for a i7.

If you upgrade to one of these CPU's, grab a new mobo. z68 boards are really nice, but you can pick up a p67 and it'll do you just fine. Only difference between the 2 is if you want SATA3 and whatnot for better performance on your SSDs from what I hear.

But lastly, if your completely satisfied, grab a SSD or something, it'll make for a nice, speedy, and awesome boot time and read/write experience
Just to clarify, P67, H61, and Z68 boards all do contain SATA III depending on the board. It is not limited to only Z68. For those who don't know,

H61 - allows for onboard graphics usage but no overclocking.
P67 - allows for overclocking but no onboard graphics.
Z68 - allows both onboard graphics and overclocking along with a couple other features such as Virtu ( as far as I know it helps encode videos a lot faster ) and Intel Smart Response Technology, which will allow you to dedicate say a 60GB SSD as a cache to your normal standard hard drive. It will then automatically cache items used often such as your Operating system, frequently opened apps, games, etc. To see a noticeable performance increase though you will have to use the item more than once to really see the difference, as SRT will not cache an item after only one use, it has to be frequent. Basic Z68 boards are close in price to P67, although, if you don't plan on using onboard graphics, virtu, and srt - then I'd recommend getting a higher end P67 board with more features such as USB 3.0 front header port, multiple pci express x16 slots, etc!

Best of luck with your new build!
-Kukag
post #9 of 23
You don't need to update anything really. It's still tip-top shape.

If you really just want to blow more money for a better performance upgrade, then grab a HD 6990 since I see you want just a straight up AMD Setup.
post #10 of 23
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that 6990 wont be bottlenecked by the 1090 cpu?
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