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Hi Guys-

I am near a microcenter for only another week, the i5 2500K processors are just $180 so I am considering a mobo/cpu/ram upgrade or perhaps just grabbing a 6950. This build is for BF3 & MW3 which I plan to pickup on my birthday in November.

1. Am I wasting my money upgrading my CPU & mobo from the sig rig i will be using again soon?
2. If instead I upgraded my GPU to a 6950, will my 600w PSU be able to handle it all?
3. what is the Q3/Q4 outlook for processors & GPU's? Should I expect a new line of GPU's to be released, or GPU's/CPU's to drop in price dramatically in just 3 months?

Thanks in advance for any insite!
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upgrade CPU+motherboard

find second 4890 for like $100

???

profit?
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1. Am I wasting my money upgrading my CPU & mobo from the sig rig i will be using again soon?
2. If instead I upgraded my GPU to a 6950, will my 600w PSU be able to handle it all?
3. what is the Q3/Q4 outlook for processors & GPU's? Should I expect a new line of GPU's to be released, or GPU's/CPU's to drop in price dramatically in just 3 months?
1. Your sig rig will do fine for right now. At least wait until Bulldozer launches and prices will get better, even if you don't get one.

2. Yes (and a 6950 will do great things with 2GB version)

3. Bulldozer is set to release in 1-2 months. New GPUs (7xx0s and 6x0s) are supposed to be out soon, but I don't see it releasing before the new year.
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Any idea what newest-gen GPU 2 x 4890 would be comparable to?

Could someone please move this to intel - general

Thanks...
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any idea what newest-gen gpu 2 x 4890 would be comparable to?
~6950
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Hi Guys-

I am near a microcenter for only another week, the i5 2500K processors are just $180 so I am considering a mobo/cpu/ram upgrade or perhaps just grabbing a 6950. This build is for BF3 & MW3 which I plan to pickup on my birthday in November.

1. Am I wasting my money upgrading my CPU & mobo from the sig rig i will be using again soon?
2. If instead I upgraded my GPU to a 6950, will my 600w PSU be able to handle it all?
3. what is the Q3/Q4 outlook for processors & GPU's? Should I expect a new line of GPU's to be released, or GPU's/CPU's to drop in price dramatically in just 3 months?

Thanks in advance for any insite!
1. Not a waste because the 2500k is alot faster than the x4. BF games are very cpu intensive so it will yield a good boost in fps.
2. yes your psu can handle it, seasonic psus are very good.
3. I don't think any new gpu is coming out, although they might drop in price. As for CPU I think bulldozer is coming out before the end of this year.
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In singleplayer you're not going to see much of a boost. Hop online, though, and the i5 2500k will rip through any server like it's nothing. While the Phenom II X4 is more than adequate for BC2 multiplayer, the 2500k will destroy it, especially if you get a modern card like an HD6950 or GTX 560Ti.

I don't know if it's just me, but my Wife's 4870 is only able to get 60+ FPS average if the settings are set to medium in BC2. If history is any indication of this, BF3 will probably chew up a 4870 pretty good. It will still be playable, but I'm not sure what the settings will have to be to get adequate performance.
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