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I missed this earlier, but if you already have an i7 920, why do you need to upgrade to Sandy Bridge OR Bulldozer? the performance increase isn't really that great, and obviously by going with Phenom II until BD comes out you'll get a big performance drop compared to your i7.
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I missed this earlier, but if you already have an i7 920, why do you need to upgrade to Sandy Bridge OR Bulldozer? the performance increase isn't really that great, and obviously by going with Phenom II until BD comes out you'll get a big performance drop compared to your i7.
The main rig i have (the i7) is my dad's. Also anand tech's bench show a reasonable increase in speed between the two.
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The main rig i have (the i7) is my dad's. Also anand tech's bench show a reasonable increase in speed between the two.
Yeah, Sandy Bridge is about 10-15% faster clock for clock. However, it seems like you're pretty set on going the AMD route, and Phenom II is much slower than a Nehalem i7. Bulldozer's performance is unknown at this point. It could be as good as Sandy Bridge or it could be a total failure.
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Yeah, Sandy Bridge is about 10-15% faster clock for clock. However, it seems like you're pretty set on going the AMD route, and Phenom II is much slower than a Nehalem i7. Bulldozer's performance is unknown at this point. It could be as good as Sandy Bridge or it could be a total failure.
Yes I think I will wait until bulldozer is release to reevaluate my options. What is a good Z68 board that is comparable to my AM3+ choice?
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IB will be LGA1155.

Yes games are generally GPU dependent. Too bad every Phenom II bottlenecks high-end dual GPU setups.
I'll take a look once I pick up a second 6970. It didn't bottleneck when running 2x6870 but I am pretty sure it was getting close. So 2x6970 may bottleneck and will require overclock. Guarenteed that a 6990 and a 6970 will be bottlenecked, and I will agree that SB would prevent that bottleneck. But AMD is a good alternative, especially for non massive gaming rig that requires more than two card, or two very high end.....
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Ensure both the CPU and CPU-NB are overclocked and you actually won't get much bottleneck, at least in real life scenario.
In the LinusTechTips testing between the 1100T and 2500k in gaming with two video cards installed, the difference turned out to actually be very small with higher resolution enabled. In real world scenario there is not as huge a difference as you think.
I know a person with an HD 5970, and a Phenom II x2 (not even x4) - it is properly overclocked and there are no bottlenecks. He happens to be running RAID 0 SSDs, which really boosts the framerate. The SSDs make even more of a difference than anything else, as he has observed.

Just letting you know, some people overreact to this stuff. If you have strict budget, you could buy the LGA1155 PC, or you could buy the AM3(+) PC with the less expensive processor, which is still upgradeable/expandable, and include other parts such as SSDs in the same budget, which will probably make way more difference to you.
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All you need is a phenom x3 720 over clock to 3.5 and wait for BD also for cards i would get a used one if possible and wait for ether 7000 series or 700
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