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Hello everyone,
I recently made a thread about my crummy performance in the BF3 beta here. Basically my unlocked Phenom running at nearly 4.0ghz was bottlenecking my 6950/6970. To me, FPS in games, especially first person shooters, is very important, and I couldn't get 60+ with my current build unless I ran the game at 800*600, at which point I was wasting my GPU.

So now I'm looking at replacing the Phenom with something faster. I know for a fact that a 2500k would handle BF3 without problems, but I'd much rather save ~$250 and buy a Phenom X6 if it'll get me the same performance.

So this is where I need your sage advice; I haven't been able to determine whether the Phenom matches the i5 gaming-wise. Synthetically the i5 is the clear winner, but I couldn't care less about theoretical tests. What I do care about is gaming at a low-resolution where the GPU won't be CPU-bound. At something like 1280*1024, would my 6970 do fine with the phenom x6?

Oh and I forgot to mention, I'd be overclocking both CPU's as far as possible without tweaking the voltage.
Edited by naizarak - 10/10/11 at 9:24pm
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i5 smashes the phenom. i5 you can pretty much guarantee an overclock of 4.5 and not bottleneck any current gpus in sli/xfire. the 1090t mite not even be able to hit 4ghz and even if it does it will still bottleneck higher end gpus.

dont risk the 1090t when theres no gambling involved with the 2500k.
    
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Without tweaking the voltage on the 2500k, you can get to the levels of the 1090T's max... You can hit 3.7-4.0ghz on a 2500k at stock vcore.

With a TINY bit of work you can get up to 4.5ghz; I think its worthwhile to spend some time to learn how to OC and do it.
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id would suggest however waiting on the reviews of the bulldozer, to see if it outperforms. im not sure of the board that you have, but you may be able to upgrade to that without changing your motherboard. definately worth a 2 day wait IMO
    
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Get the 2500k. /thread
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I have the i5 2500k, i7 2600k, 1090t, and the 965be, and I'd recommend the i5 2500k for any gaming build.
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This just isn't a valid question i5 demolishes the poor 1090t after OC but since you already do have the board and the 1090t would be a drop it all you really have to ask is, What do you value more? Performance or Money? You will save cash not going i5 but will definitely lose out on performance specially if you ever go CF. Good luck in your decision.
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2500k
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1090T is now becoming dated for gamers since BD is almost out, i recommend the 2500k none the less or wait for bd to be benched.
    
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The 1090T will perform exactly the same as your current AMD quad core at the same clock speeds in gaming.

The i5 2500k at bone stock will obliterate any AMD quad / six core at 4.0GHz (in gaming). Keep in mind, the 2500k will do 4.5GHz and higher.

Choice is obvious.
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