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Hey guys,

I've gotten as much out of my current system as I will, and now seems like a great time to upgrade. I'd like to spend <$1000 total between CPU/mobo/GPU; I'm currently looking at the 6970, 580, 590, 6990 (yes, I'm considering going to the darkside of AMD this build). What do you think I should go with (fwiw, I'm going to go for a mobo with fire/sli capabilities depending on my card, so that will be an option/likely upgrade within a year)? Any advice on mobo/CPU is welcome as well. Thanks in advance.
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I'm considering going to the darkside of AMD this build)
Bull dozer you mad.. your much better getting a 2500k and the 560Ti'si in SLI.. best bang for buck, other wise get a 580 and then a second 580 later on.
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Well I think you are gonna have a tough time swinging the GTX590 or 6990 while getting a new CPU/MOBO/RAM for <$1000. Maybe with one of those i5-2500k Microcenter combos it's possible.

I saw a sale thread for a used XFX 6990 for $600.
http://www.overclock.net/video/10578...70s-200-a.html
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post #4 of 43
6790 and 6990 are overkills if i say
6950 is better and you could OC itto match 6970
580 is also good but 570 will be better for the money
ur processor is actually quite good for now
don't need to change the mobo unless u change the processor or it'll be a waste of money
if u do want to upgrade change to 2500k, excellent gaming performance and the mobo i suggest would be:
z68: ASUS p8z68-v pro
p67: ASrock fatal1ty p67 professional
in the end its up to u
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Well I think you are gonna have a tough time swinging the GTX590 or 6990 while getting a new CPU/MOBO/RAM for <$1000. Maybe with one of those i5-2500k Microcenter combos it's possible.

I saw a sale thread for a used XFX 6990 for $600.
http://www.overclock.net/video/10578...70s-200-a.html
$1000 isn't a hard cap per se, a little over isn't that big a deal, staying under would be nice.

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6790 and 6990 are overkills if i say
6950 is better and you could OC itto match 6970
580 is also good but 570 will be better for the money
ur processor is actually quite good for now
don't need to change the mobo unless u change the processor or it'll be a waste of money
if u do want to upgrade change to 2500k, excellent gaming performance and the mobo i suggest would be:
z68: ASUS p8z68-v pro
p67: ASrock fatal1ty p67 professional
in the end its up to u
This isn't a terrible idea. My current CPU isn't bottlenecking, so a GPU upgrade is likely the better call. I could upgrade my CPU/mobo whenever a solid deal pops up.
Edited by fpliii - 10/17/11 at 7:48am
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post #6 of 43
A 2500k plus 6950/6970 or 560ti/570 is a viable option. You can also go for a single 580 if you only want one GFX card for now and be able to max most any game and might SLi down the road.

For CPU, 2500k is your best bet. GPU is personal preference. A 6970 or 570 is my recommendation.

A 6950 can be considered as you can OC/Flash it to a STOCK 6970 but remember that it isn't a 6970 and won't perform as well as one. A 6970 will beat out a 6950 any day. Also, being able to get it to a 6970 level isn't guaranteed. The newer cards aren't the same as the old 6950s they made.
Edited by Shion314 - 10/17/11 at 7:50am
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Sup man,

You might wanna be looking for i5 2500k CPU with An Asus P8P67 Pro Motherboard. Ram is quite cheap this days. You can get a DDR3 1600Mhz 8Gb ram for $50.

And for the video card, HD 6950 Crossfire or GTX 560 ti Sli would be the best option IMO.

2x XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB: $480
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB): $50
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0): $175
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge: $220

Total: $925 + $67 Taxes.

That's around $1000

Many here will tell you that XFX sucks. And that might be true, But for me, I've NEVER had any issue with the cards. But You can always change brand.
Edited by age_ruler1 - 10/17/11 at 8:12am
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3GB GTX580, i5 2500K, and a nice z68 mobo with pci-e 3. You will be able to upgrade to Ivybridge if you want and have full support.
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To be honest you already have decent CPU.. i went from i5 650 4GHZ to i5 2500k. I didn't see much improvement over my old i5, except few fps increase..
i sugest you to get SSD & new GPU..
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This isn't a terrible idea. My current CPU isn't bottlenecking, so a GPU upgrade is likely the better call. I could upgrade my CPU/mobo whenever a solid deal pops up.
You're crazy if you decide to keep your 775 setup in the US. Your cpu sells on the used market for the sale price of the 2500k. The small difference between your motherboard on the used market and a new one is negligible, so make the move. As an example, I upgraded Comp4 from a dual core 775 setup and a gtx460 768mb to a 2500k setup with a 6950 2gb for a total price of $458.
http://www.overclock.net/computer-ro...-overhaul.html
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