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Hello there,

I was hoping that the Bulldozer series would bulldoze the Sandy Bridge away.
However, I am disappointed in performance.

Anyway, here are my specifications that will be done by the end of this year:

CPU: Current
Mobo: Current
GPU: 9800GT in a week, hd 6950 Toxic Sapphire @ 6970 (Christmas)
PSU: Seasonic M12II 520 bronze, in a week.
RAM: Current
HDD: Current
Case: Hopefully a HAF 932 Advanced (Christmas)
DVD Drive: Current IDE DVD Drive
CPU Cooler: Stock

I will be capable of getting a new CPU and mobo and RAM and Sata DVD drive next year, in October to Christmas.
What would you suggest I upgrade to? Are there any components that I will be getting in a week that could be bought for better?
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Get a nvidia GTX 560, a 2500k Sandy Bridge, and a P67 Pro motherboard. Also upgrade your PSU and get a SSD.
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post #3 of 31
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To what should I upgrade my PSU? I like the hd 6950 Toxic edition because of the switch and the possibility of a hd 6970 + the Dirt 3 game - I will be getting this GPU on Christmas.
I am thinking about getting Sandy bridge, but that will be until next year.
Edited by Atham - 10/12/11 at 12:16pm
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post #4 of 31
You should get more than an athlon dual core to fully utilize the 6950. I would before upgrading your gpu, upgrade your cpu. The Phenom II 980 performs really well if gaming is what you are looking for. If you care about future-proofing go with the 1100t or the 1090t however I will warn you that it is not as good as the 980. Don't listen to dseg changing boards isn't worth the money or the hassle. He's telling you to buy a new computer.
post #5 of 31
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I was told that I should upgrade my GPU first, that I would see a bigger difference in that category.
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post #6 of 31
I would agree that. before you go upgrading the GPU, you should probably look into a new CPU. I recently built a PC with an AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black edition. It's clocked @3.4GHz straight out of the box and I've heard of some people managing about 4.0-4.3GHz from it overclocked but it all really depend on how much you are willing to spend on it
    
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post #7 of 31
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The 4.0GHz is on aftermarket cooling, right. I was thinking about getting a new CPU next year.
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I can get that CPU for about 111 EUR. What about the X4 980?

If I hooked up a Seasonic M12II 520 bronze with it, and a hd 6950 toxic, would the PSU be strong enough.
Edited by Atham - 10/13/11 at 10:46am
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Based on this , I might need a stronger PSU. Would a Seasonic M12II 620W be good enough?
Edited by Atham - 10/13/11 at 12:29pm
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You could try plugging different configurations into this - http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp to see what PSU you need. Also be aware of the rating on the CPUs - Bronze, Silver, Gold (or none). The more expensive the metal would be, the more efficient the PSU actually is - it will be more expensive, but it's a trade off of long term energy costs. The PSU forum - http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/ has some really great information and links to reviews.

I concur with the recomendation of the i5-2500k. The power consumption at load, even overclocked, is incredibly low, and the performance is stellar. http://www.overclock.net/rants-raves...-thread-8.html Plus, it handily keeps pace with the more expensive i7 for most games and normal applications.
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