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post #1 of 12
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Right so I have a limit of around $1400

I have three options, which will be the least of a bottleneck for now? (performance for gaming only)

Current build:

Phenom x4 965 3.2 GHz
HD 5850
4GB DDR3

-3x HD 6970s w/ my current build + new mobo and antec 1200w
-2x GTX 580s w/ my current build + new mobo and antec 1200w
-2x HD 6970s w/ a new i5 2500k (i7 2600k seems to give lower min fps) + new mobo and antec 1200w

Which do you think?
post #2 of 12
Option 3 will have the least noticeable bottleneck. The 2500k is miles better than the 965.
Edit: When I say least noticeable, I mean pretty much no bottleneck whatsoever.
    
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post #3 of 12
Theres new cpus and gpus just around the corner, AMD will have the HD 7*** video cards out, I would imagine its by the end of the year. Intel will releasing the new socket 2011 processors in 2012, maybe you would rather wait for one of those?
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post #4 of 12
With multiple high end cards an amd chip can't keep up. Option 3 gets my vote.

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post #5 of 12
Hell, 3rd option definitely!
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post #6 of 12
Are you buying that Antec 1200 or do you already have it? If you are buying it that is way overkill. Option 3 would be best overall
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post #7 of 12
I would say way for the new Intel chips and AMD GPUs just around the corner... But if you cant really wait a couple more months, i would pick option 3. Also that PSU is overkill, get something with 800 ish or even 1000 if you want to be really safe, but you wont need more than that unless you plan on adding a third 6970.. Even so i still think 1200W is overkill
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post #8 of 12
Option 3
Get the i5, the Phenom II will not be able to compete with dual GPUs... Also, I would get dual GTX 570s instead of 6970s.. They will be about the same performance are are about the same price too. I might be a little biased though, I love my 570 biggrin.gif
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post #9 of 12
go for option 3, I did something similar.
post #10 of 12
option 3 will give u the best results. I would recommend going with a 2500k due to virtually no differance from the 2600k in gaming.
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