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Hey guys, so im new to amd and currently i have a Phenom II x4 840 that i got for free with my motherboard. tongue.gif I heard that some amd cpus might bottleneck some SLI configurations. I didnt think the x4 840 would cut it since it (from what i read) a re-branded athlon, so i was wondering what cpu's wouldn't have a bottleneck for bf3 (only game i play really). I was going to be using the cpu for only 1 month so i was hoping for a "budget" cpu but with decent performance gain.

Heres the cards i was thinking of using:
Nvidia gts 450 SLI
Nvidia gtx 460 SLI
Nvidia gtx 470 3-way SLI

Processors i was looking at:
Phenom II x4 830- $50
Amd FX 4100 - $109
Phenom II x6 1055T - $120

Thanks for the help! biggrin.gif
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Which motherboard are you using?

Regardless, the 1055t overclocked properly would be the best option. It will still bottleneck at least the tri-sli 470 setup, but will give you the best results.

A PhII x4 955/965 would be equally good overclocked. Or a 960t, but these are more expensive.
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Hey guys, so im new to amd and currently i have a Phenom II x4 840 that i got for free with my motherboard. tongue.gif I heard that some amd cpus might bottleneck some SLI configurations. I didnt think the x4 840 would cut it since it (from what i read) a re-branded athlon, so i was wondering what cpu's wouldn't have a bottleneck for bf3 (only game i play really). I was going to be using the cpu for only 1 month so i was hoping for a "budget" cpu but with decent performance gain.
Heres the cards i was thinking of using:
Nvidia gts 450 SLI
Nvidia gtx 460 SLI
Nvidia gtx 470 3-way SLI
Processors i was looking at:
Phenom II x4 830- $50
Amd FX 4100 - $109
Phenom II x6 1055T - $120
Thanks for the help! biggrin.gif

1055T, hands down. Welcome to the red team mate thumb.gif
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+rep thanks for the replies
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Which motherboard are you using?

Regardless, the 1055t overclocked properly would be the best option. It will still bottleneck at least the tri-sli 470 setup, but will give you the best results.

A PhII x4 955/965 would be equally good overclocked. Or a 960t, but these are more expensive.
hmm im going to be using a Gigabyte 990fxa-ud7 (got the cpu + mobo for $100 awhile ago which is how i got into amd) but the x6 1055t over something the x4 830 would be worth the extra $70? just curious tongue.gif

Any other cpus for around $100 i could look at i was hoping to spend less then $100 but sometimes it has to be done biggrin.gif Orgianlly i was gonna get the fx 8150 when it came out but right now from what i read it doesnt seem like a good investment frown.gif
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1055T, hands down. Welcome to the red team mate thumb.gif

Thanks! biggrin.gif Seems like im going to be jumping between both sides, considering a 7 series dual gpu in the future as well thumb.gif
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960T !! $110 w/ Promo Code... Can unlock to a 5 or 6 core CPU, still good chip even if it does not!
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i had no problems running my 6950 with my 965 be. i didnt even overclock and got 40 fps with 5040x 3 monitor eyefinity with all settings full in star wars the old republic. same goes for skyrim. i added extra graphics details to skyrim with mods too.
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OP, Is the chip going to be primarily for gaming or do you encode/stream as well?
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960T !! $110 w/ Promo Code... Can unlock to a 5 or 6 core CPU, still good chip even if it does not!
Can any motherboard unlock cpus? O_o or just certain ones?
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i had no problems running my 6950 with my 965 be. i didnt even overclock and got 40 fps with 5040x 3 monitor eyefinity with all settings full in star wars the old republic. same goes for skyrim. i added extra graphics details to skyrim with mods too.
hmm good info thanks biggrin.gif
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OP, Is the chip going to be primarily for gaming or do you encode/stream as well?
this will be only for gaming, im going to be getting a x79 rig in the future which will be for CAD
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Can any motherboard unlock cpus? O_o or just certain ones?
hmm good info thanks biggrin.gif
this will be only for gaming, im going to be getting a x79 rig in the future which will be for CAD

All current AM3 and AM3+ motherboards are capable of unlocking. If gaming is the priority here, go with the 960T as no game yet makes use of 6 threads. The 960T is also capable of unlocking into a hexcore, which is an added bonus.
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