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Ok so I planned to build a new rig roughly 5 weeks ago and went and bought everything for the new bulldozer release. I have been hesitant to get one jsut yet and in the mean time decided to really buckle down and see what I could get outta my Phenom 2 X4 840 (basically athalon cause no L3 cache). To my surprise I got this $95 chip(5 weeks ago not sure now) to over 4 Ghz (wasnt easy) but after extensive testing and benchmarking it is stable and I am pretty satisfied. Now I dont have a top of the line GPU, I have the Sapphire HD6850 (look in sig to see overclock) and I just bought Battlefield 3 and am blown away at the results I get in game. I have everything on the absolute max settings and the game plays SO smoothly. I am not sure of my fps but I do know that even if it was any better I probably couldn't even notice. I mean it runs extremely smooth and I couldn't be happier. Now I know that I have never played on a lightning fast i7 with crossfired 6990's or something like that but unless I am missing something, can it really get THAT much better? To anyone that has went from a similar setup as mine to an I5-I7 or even any (highly criticized) Bulldozer cpu, how much difference have you noticed and are you glad you did it or was it worth the extra money? I am ignorant and will still most likely get a 8120 or something but just was curious to what others think... Thanks for reading my story, looking forward to hearing some replies!

    
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Nothing else matters as long as you are happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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If you plan on upgarding to a 6990 or the such, you will need to upgrade to an i5/i7 to avoid the bottlenecks. Not really sure what else to tell you, you have a semi-decent rig. Should play most games at medium settings ish @1080p. And yes, if you're happy with your rig, then keep telling yourself that. Makes it easier on your wallet.
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Yea you are right I AM happy with it, its jsut my curiosity. (killed the cat i know) I enjoy overclocking and do wanna get my hands on a fx processor. I probably wont lap that one tho lol although i knocked off 4 degrees @ 100% on my 840 hehe not really worth the risk on a more expensive chip. You say I can play most games on medium settings, well I play B3 on all high settings. is it not as demanding of a game compared to others? Im not too much into gaming anymore.
    
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It depends on your resolution, really. Are you gaming on your tv or the 19" monitor? If you game on the monitor then your rig is more than enough. Either way, as long as you are happy then just keep it the way it is!
    
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I dont think Battlefield 3 is really a demanding game. When i think about it there is no way a HD6870 would run crysis 2 smooth with ultra detail and the DX11 patch. As for an improvement there would be some small gain with an i5 or i7 because of the slightly faster processing but not enough to reason a change. Best improvement you could make is getting another HD6870 or even get rid of the HD6870 and get two HD6970's
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I game on either or. Got my rig hooked to both so if the wife isnt watching tv I play on there if she is I play on monitor. No difference really between the two in fps. I just made this post because My wife asked me why do you need a better cpu and I started thinking, :hmmm why do I need a better cpu?" lol I guess just to say I have one? or better for future proofing my rig? I imagine a 2600k will take someone farther through the years without actually having to get a new one. But for now I guess Im just peachy. Thanks for the replies guys! Ill take any advice I can get!
    
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do wanna get my hands on a fx processor..
For the love of god and everything that is holy, don't sell your current CPU for it. You'd get less performance even at higher clocks, as Bulldozer performs worse clock for clock than Phenom II(Or Athlon II).
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Originally Posted by Devilmaypoop View Post
For the love of god and everything that is holy, don't sell your current CPU for it.
LOL thanks for the info.
    
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your rig is fine.

the fx series atm is not refined and unless you are doing heavy multithreaded processing, it wont help you much in gaming over your current 840.

focus on those kids!!!! and be a good father!!!
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