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What should I get next?

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You can see my build, and I'm looking to upgrade my CPU/motherboard to the 2011 socket (3930k/3820 with ASUS Rampage IV Extreme), upgrade my case to a Cosmos 2, and get 2 more monitors for triple eyefinity at the moment, then probably more GPU strength after that. I could get any of these in any order (case, cpu/mobo, monitors, or monitors, case, cpu/mobo, etc.), but what I'd originally planned was to upgrade my case first to leave room for the new motherboard/cpu, get the cpu upgrade, then the monitors.

Just wondering what you guys think I should get first, I know I have a big CPU bottleneck atm, so I don't think going with 3 monitors is ideal right now.

I'll probably also be getting a RAM upgrade as soon as I upgrade my CPU/mobo to Corsair Dominator (GT?) probably 32Gb.

Also if you see anything else in my system that should be upgraded first, share!

Specs:
CPU- AMD Phenom II 955 @ 3.8Ghz
Motherboard- ASUS Sabertooth 990fx AM3+
RAM- Patriot Viper Extreme 2x4Gb Rated @ 2000Mhz
Hard Drives- Corsair Force 3 60Gb SSD for OS, WD 500Gb Hard drive for games, Seagate Expansion 1Tb for everything else (Got it for only $60, so why not)
PSU- Corsair HX1050
GPU- 2x MSI Radeon 2Gb 6950's Unlocked to 1536 shaders
Cooler- Antec Kuhler 620 push/pull config (will probably need to replace when I upgrade my cpu/mobo)
Case- NZXT Phantom (getting a little tight for crossfire now, little too much plastic for my liking, but I will keep as a spare case)
post #2 of 5
I say get the motherboard/CPU first to get the main parts out of the way thumb.gif
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post #3 of 5
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I can agree with that logic, anyone else?
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My logic regarding the order of component upgrading is different and I offer my opinion for your consideration.

 

I would go for the case first. It is like buying a house first or buying the furniture first. I would buy a house first and then subsequently filling the house with furniture rather than buying a lot of new furniture and putting them in an old house and then transferring them to a new house.  Probably not a very good analogy but it does illustrate the concept.

 

Then, I would do the monitor upgrade.  Here, I differ from your current thinking. I think your Phenom II x4 955 at 3.8GHz will not hold back the two unlocked HD6950s, especially at Eyefinity resolution. The review below showed that a stock Phenom II x6 1100T (3.3GHz) is able to fully handle two GTX570s at 2560x1600.  I reckon the 2 extra cores advantage of the 1100T over your 955 is not of any significance as far as gaming is concerned.  And I further reckon that GTX570 SLI is roughly the same as HD6970 CF, graphics rendering power wise.   Based on these 2 reckonings, I hold your PII x4 955 at 3.8GHz will not bottleneck the unlocked HD6950 CF at Eyefinity resolution for most of the games.

As a result, I would upgrade to a 3-monitor setup ahead of the CPU/mobo upgrade.

 

Reference review:- http://benchmarkextreme.com/Articles/Phenom%20II%20X6%201100T/P17.html

 

Lastly, I will upgrade the CPU/mobo (if and when needed).

 

post #5 of 5
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In a way, that's actually what I wanted to hear. The only time I see bottlenecking in my system currently is when I play skyrim and am in large towns. I do see the cpu holding up for the most part, in most games including BF3. How much fps drop should I expect with my unlocked 6950's switching to a 3 monitor setup?
Edited by theloneplant - 2/5/12 at 1:40am
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