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post #1 of 20
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So I am going from my athlon x 2 to a zosma..yay!!!

My next upgrade has to be around 200 - 250 max.

my motherboard is the M4N68T-M series Asus motherboard.

So I can either get a better board and OC the crap out of it,

or

get a mediocre board and a second 6850,

or

get a amazing GPU and not even upgrade my board wich means no unlock and no OC...


Would would net me the best overall performance for games and overall system speed?




P.S. I chose not to upgrade to a 2500k to save money, to put towards other components. I hope Zosma is a decently fast chip...
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post #2 of 20
Motherboard and ram would help alot. Also what are you going to cool your CPU with?
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post #3 of 20
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Oh yea already got another stick of 4 gig ripjaws coming to make it 8.

Also, if I where to go with getting a board only I would have enough to pick up a good cooler. Just not sure wich way is the best yet. my 6850 is well...a 6850 :-(
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post #6 of 20
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Ok so loooks like people are telling me to forget a second or better GPU and go striaght for a better board. If I do that will I be able to play multi-player BF3 on a zosma and a 6850?
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post #7 of 20
I don't see why not. Also with 7 series mainstream Radeons dropping soon 6 series will fall in price.
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post #8 of 20
I just dropped in my 960t
before that i was running a Phenom II x3 720 BE unlocked to a quad at 3.5ghz.

With a 6850 running 1200p res.

I set BF3 to ultra then moved over to custom and turned off AA ect all the lower options.
I was/am able to play fine with no issues stutter ect. I think Fraps was showing me around 43fps
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post #9 of 20
the 960t is a very good chip. make sure to get a good motherboard. the gigabyte UD3 is a great board for the price.
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post #10 of 20
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what is the best AM3+ board for overclocking like heck? I will hold off on the GPU untill the 6 series drops in price and just go for a premium board and heatsink for now.

As a side note I would love to build my own water cooling if it fits my budget, nothing fancy just to learn.
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