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Im upgrading tomorrow to a 2500K since my current CPU seems to be holding me back so Im not sure if I am using my 6870 to its full potential at the moment. I am running 1360/768 on a 32inch Samsung LED that I really love. I have 2 questions

 

Is my Dual Core holding back my GPU?

would going over a 6870 at my Res be a stupid buy?

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Yeah 6870 / 560's can play pretty much anything at 1080p, doesn't really make sense to upgrade beyond that for 720p imo.

As for the CPU bottleneck question I'm not sure but my guess would be that its not, at least not very much. Sandy i3's are really quick, especially for gaming.
     
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Im upgrading tomorrow to a 2500K since my current CPU seems to be holding me back so Im not sure if I am using my 6870 to its full potential at the moment. I am running 1360/768 on a 32inch Samsung LED that I really love. I have 2 questions

Is my Dual Core holding back my GPU?
would going over a 6870 at my Res be a stupid buy?

Unless your getting a deal on a 2500k, i dont think your dual core Sandy is starving your 6870.
You would be best waiting for 3 months and spending your money on the Ivy Bridge equivalent.

As for the 6870, im not sure what you were thinking of getting. But with the 7xxx series getting released, there are going to be some pretty good buys for 6970's, 570/580's in the marketplace/ebay pretty soon.
I dont think such a card would be a "waste" at your resolution. While the 6870 is capable at that resolution, it by no means can max everything out, nor is it future proof. Any of the for-mentioned cards would be able to.

Thought about getting a 24-27 inch 1080p monitor?
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Unless your getting a deal on a 2500k, i dont think your dual core Sandy is starving your 6870.
You would be best waiting for 3 months and spending your money on the Ivy Bridge equivalent.
As for the 6870, im not sure what you were thinking of getting. But with the 7xxx series getting released, there are going to be some pretty good buys for 6970's, 570/580's in the marketplace/ebay pretty soon.
I dont think such a card would be a "waste" at your resolution. While the 6870 is capable at that resolution, it by no means can max everything out, nor is it future proof. Any of the for-mentioned cards would be able to.
Thought about getting a 24-27 inch 1080p monitor?



I have no future plans on getting a 24-27 inch 1080P If I do anything I am going to be going with a 47 inch 1080P. I cannot at all got under 32 inches. I very much dislike 24-27 inches

 

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your monitor is holding everything back lol.

i3 2120 is more or less equal to a phenom II quadcore, and those dont bottleneck a single HD6870
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why do you say that? I know its only 1360/768 but honestly the PQ quality on this Set is pretty sexy. Would going with a 1920x1080 res result in better performance of my 6870?

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Just wait for Ivy it's not far..I'm guessing that's why you paired the i3 + Z68 right
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why do you say that? I know its only 1360/768 but honestly the PQ quality on this Set is pretty sexy. Would going with a 1920x1080 res result in better performance of my 6870?

I'm running the same res on a 32" Samsung TV, first with a 6850, then with a 2nd one. I just don't want you to make the same mistake I did.

It turns out my 6850 and Phenom II x4 will max virtually anything at 720p, and I'd imagine your 6870 does too. The 2nd 6850 did next to nothing for me: games looks almost the same despite the higher in game quality settings and better framerates. There's only so much more AA and AF will do, and it can't do much past your point and mine.

Do yourself a favor, and get a nice 1080p screen. Go for a 42" Plasma, or a smaller 1080p LCD if you want.

EDIT: Also, how is your i3 holding you back?
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I feel my I3 is holding me back because of 2 games. BF3 multiplayer & Batman Arkham City. Batman from what I have read uses 1 single core just for secure rom so that leaves me 1 core to use for the game. so in turn would hold my 6870 back. Maybe im just wrong here

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Batman may be a "problem" or more of an annoyance, but you should be fine for BF3 and everything else. As said before, if you are getting a quad core, wait for Ivy at this point. Your motherboard supports it.
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