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Like the title suggests I want to get a new processor for the crossfire setup that I have. I feel that my processor now is holding back the performance from my cards too much. I was hoping to grab a bulldozer, but I don't know if that will be worth it. I am stumped as to what to do. I'm not sure if I would get better crossfire performance with a bulldozer or just stick with what I have or maybe go for a 6 core thurben I am probably going to update my computer when I get my tax return and switch to intel but that is like 6 months from now so in the mean time. what do you guys think I should grab or is it not even worth the money I will be strictly using that for gaming.
Edited by BrutusMaximus - 10/14/11 at 9:53am
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Keep what you have, not worth getting 2500k because you have upgrade your motherboard too.
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Not worth it. Phenom II x4 @ 4.1ghz is decent for gaming. What games are you being limited in that you actually feel warrant the upgrade? Bulldozer is terrible, so throw that option out the Window, and the Phenom II x6 will perform very similarly in games. Most games don't take advantage of six threads, yet alone four. I would only upgrade if you have specific games that you feel like you can't play, not "just because."
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Since you're strictly gaming - I would suggest doing nothing. Err, not quite nothing.

If you want the best improvement out of anything - buy a new monitor with a higher resolution. That will push your cards/setup more. In reality, CF with high end cards is ideal for systems pushing 1400+p resolutions or multiple monitor setups (like Eyefinity).
    
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
Since you're strictly gaming - I would suggest doing nothing. Err, not quite nothing.

If you want the best improvement out of anything - buy a new monitor with a higher resolution. That will push your cards/setup more. In reality, CF with high end cards is ideal for systems pushing 1400+p resolutions or multiple monitor setups (like Eyefinity).
He only has 1gb of VRAM so I wouldn't really go to bigger monitor(s) than 1080P. If it was the 2gb 6950s, sure but this isn't the case.
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Not worth it. Phenom II x4 @ 4.1ghz is decent for gaming. What games are you being limited in that you actually feel warrant the upgrade? Bulldozer is terrible, so throw that option out the Window, and the Phenom II x6 will perform very similarly in games. Most games don't take advantage of six threads, yet alone four. I would only upgrade if you have specific games that you feel like you can't play, not "just because."
I was playing the bf3 beta and all four of my cores were at full load. I play all the new games wanting Max graphics. While playing bf3 like I saint CPU was at 100% and video cards were at 50-60%. I know the final release will be better optimized. But even harder to run ultra setting with all the effects enabled. So your saying I wouldn't see a difference with bulldozer or thurben? If true all the more reason to switch to intel
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TweakTown did a review for you.

I walk away from this going, "why do we even have boards with more than two PCIe x16 slots on it?" - That's really disappointing. It's sad for AMD that the best machine for someone to install three HD 6970s into isn't an AMD based one, by a long way.
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