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Hey guys im thinking of upgrading my sig rig.......

Couple things one i took out one of the 6870s and am loving the eyefinity in BFBC2 really bad when in crossfire allot smoother....

Now im looking to get a 6970 2gb for my rig or maybe wait for 7000series but i dont like the fact that if i get a 7000 series it will cost an arm and mayb a leg....

1) Will my Q9550 oced to 4.1ghz be able to handle the 6970gb?

2)Will the Q9550 be able to handle a 7000series card?

3)How can i tell if my CPU is the, or going to be the bottleneck???

I know when playing BFBC2 it hovers at 80-90s-100s
 
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1) Yes.

2) Probably. Yes if you plan to run Eyefinity resolutions.

3) If you see your GPU usage drops significantly and at the same time your framerate drops.
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Yes it will handle the 6970 fine. 7xxx series should be cool with atleast one card, but no one can know. If your GPU usage isn't 99%
    
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i will have to check thanks guys....

One thing when im loading up BFBC2 right at the beginning after the map is loaded for a few seconds(5-10) i get like 1-2fps and very choppy is that a sign?????
 
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i will have to check thanks guys....

One thing when im loading up BFBC2 right at the beginning after the map is loaded for a few seconds(5-10) i get like 1-2fps and very choppy is that a sign?????
Nope, lol, it's loading and is slowing down. Happens for me, and probably even SSDs for a second or two.
    
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Nope, lol, it's loading and is slowing down. Happens for me, and probably even SSDs for a second or two.
Thanks is there any other way to tell if my cpu is bottlenecking me.....cause i am so itching to get i5/i7 2500k/2600k but i have sooooo many computers i should just wait till one dies so i want to update my rig a bit......

plus anyway i am not really happy yet with ssd price and firmware issues still
 
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Thanks is there any other way to tell if my cpu is bottlenecking me.....cause i am so itching to get i5/i7 2500k/2600k but i have sooooo many computers i should just wait till one dies so i want to update my rig a bit......

plus anyway i am not really happy yet with ssd price and firmware issues still
Nor am I. I'm getting 2x 252CFM fans before a small boot SSD. Wait for 2011, the 920 cost about 300USD(same as 2600k) after 2 months of launch. Just if GPU usage in game is like 99% or less. Sometimes even 90%.
    
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Nor am I. I'm getting 2x 252CFM fans before a small boot SSD. Wait for 2011, the 920 cost about 300USD(same as 2600k) after 2 months of launch. Just if GPU usage in game is like 99% or less. Sometimes even 90%.
So i just tested Crysis 2 with max everything with just one 6870 and it sits at about 90+ so does that mean my cpu is a bottleneck....

96-99% usage and my cpu usage is about 50-70% at the same time
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No, that means the video card is the bottleneck. Low GPU Usage = CPU bottleneck... or you have a framerate cap turned on.
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No, that means the video card is the bottleneck. Low GPU Usage = CPU bottleneck... or you have a framerate cap turned on.
So having the gpu usage at 96-99% is low?????? im not really getting this bottleneck thing.
 
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