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post #1 of 38
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HI all
So with BF3 coming out i decided that games are gonna need allot more power from now on, so when i get paid i was thinking of gettin a another HD6950 but then i realised that my cpu would bottleneck the extra card.
So instead of an x6 am gonna get me an i5 2500k with 8gb vengence Dims
Basically i have about £320 (plus i can make a little extra), so i need help finding a mobo now,
oh btw the £320 is shared between the i5 an Motherboard. i am gonna save up £60 for the ram with separate money.
So any recomendations, i have been looking at the Asus Sabertooth P67 board, but its pretty expensive (£150) so any better deals as i would prefer to have some money to put toward ram.

EDIT: Also must accomodate 2x HD6950's, (do you guys think X16/X8 is fast enough)

Thanks
Edited by Hatakescreams - 10/5/11 at 3:07am
post #2 of 38
I assume you have overclocked that CPU. Tbh dude, if you get something around 3.6 - 4 Ghz on that CPU, it won't bottle neck any card at all ever.

Maybe 3x gtx580's at a stupidly high res, but I doubt it.

There is a 3% drop in performance from x16 to x8

Comps
post #3 of 38
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thats a fair point, i dont have a cooler right now, plus my dad was about to go out and buy the parts in my pc for himself which would have cost him quite a bit so i am under pressure to sell my cpu mobo an ram, at a very good price, soooo
i just need to find a mobo i think xD
but thanks for the advice all the same

EDIT: oh an thanks for the advice on the X16/X8 lanes
Edited by Hatakescreams - 10/5/11 at 3:15am
post #4 of 38
in which case,

the P8Z68-V is an epic motherboard and comes in at a cool £125. It's a great mid range board with the solid asus functionality at a reasonable price.

Comps
post #5 of 38
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post
I assume you have overclocked that CPU. Tbh dude, if you get something around 3.6 - 4 Ghz on that CPU, it won't bottle neck any card at all ever.

Maybe 3x gtx580's at a stupidly high res, but I doubt it.

There is a 3% drop in performance from x16 to x8

Comps
Isn't it the lower the res the more work the CPU has, thus will bottleneck earlier under a lower resolution?
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Isn't it the lower the res the more work the CPU has, thus will bottleneck earlier under a lower resolution?
No, you'll see it bottleneck at a higher resolution because the FPS won't go any higher if you add more GPU power, that shows a CPU bottleneck
post #7 of 38
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in which case,

the P8Z68-V is an epic motherboard and comes in at a cool £125. It's a great mid range board with the solid asus functionality at a reasonable price.

Comps
Thanks a bunch I have litterly just been reading the specs on that board
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Thanks a bunch I have litterly just been reading the specs on that board
NP

Just for reference guys

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...y-sli-review/7

This shows you that a 3-way GTX580 setup will bottleneck at higher resolutions on the CPU. When you see the line flatten out towards the 2560x1600 resolution, that's the CPU that can't keep up.

That's also running on an Core i7 965 @ 3750 MHz

Comps
post #9 of 38
Z68 UD4 is a solid board at a good price point
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post #10 of 38
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Thanks for the link Comps and witchdoctor am gonna have a look now

Is the £20 price differance worth it between Gigabyte an Asus

I think i might just go with Asus cause there a reliable brand i have had two old gigabyte boards die out on me recently and kind of mythed about it
Edited by Hatakescreams - 10/5/11 at 3:31am
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