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Hey im planning on probly picking up and FX-8120 and Overclocking it as high as itll go but im not sure what kind of graphics card im gonna want to upgrade to.
whats the most fastest card I can put in a rig with BD that wont cause a bottleneck? i dont want to be wasting money. I was hopping a GTX 570 and an upgrade to SLI wouldnt cause a bottleneck

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I would say the best card that fits in your budget. What resolution?
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good point, but theoretically what can I put in my rig? I have about 1200+$ set aside to upgrade CPU, Motherboard, ram and GPU
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I use one 6970 card--> no bottleneck at all. (FX8120 @ 4.5GHz, battlefield 2.)
Before, with the 1090 Thuban, the GPU load was going up and down, now its steady @ 99%. Dont know what will happen with 2 cards
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post #5 of 29
The best single card you can afford unless you plan on going surround. SLI is cool, but buying the single best GPU you can right now, then SLI-ing down the road gets you a lot more power.
And no current processor is going to be bottlenecked by a single GPU. And bulldozer shouldn't be fazed by SLI. I have to hit 900 core/1800 memory on my 470's before by 970 @4Ghz (I'm assuming) bottlenecks them. Meaning, I stop seeing gains in benchmark scores.
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alright sounds fair, I guess ill pick up BD and a GTX 570 and pair them together in the future
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post #7 of 29
I wouldn't go SLI, per core is down with bulldozer, best case after a large overclock you might get slighly better results than Thuban, but Thuban wasn't good for dual card solutions to begin with.

If you do plan to go SLI you'll probably need a new PSU.
    
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Honestly man, stick with your X6. BD @ max clocks really isn't much of an upgrade, especially a 4.3 x6 /w a hefty NB clock.

Spend the extra money on better graphics.
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Bang for your buck right now, since you have 1200 to upgrade would be 2500k 2-6970s and an asus p67 sabertooth or something similar. Thats about as close to futureproof as you can get. You pc&p psu is plenty for 6970 cf or 580/570 sli. If your stuck on AMD a 965/970be and good 990x board would be your only route for per core performance upgrade. BD and thuban trade blows and neither are good for multicard setups.
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Bang for your buck right now, since you have 1200 to upgrade would be 2500k 2-6970s and an asus p67 sabertooth or something similar. Thats about as close to futureproof as you can get. You pc&p psu is plenty for 6970 cf or 580/570 sli.

He would probably need a new PSU,

but i do agree on a 6970.

If i'm buying a new GPU today, i'm getting a 6950 or 70. 2gbs of vram is going to be crucial in the coming years, and even now on a lot of games. The scaling is phenomenal for future CFX, and you get to try something new.. AMD's drivers lately have been on point. I'm going red again for my next card.
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