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I just upgraded my GPU to the 7970, awesome card. My next step was to upgrade the MOBO to the ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ then sell my old MOBO (Asus M5a97 evo) and PSU (havent decided but I want 850 watt at least $150 price range. I believed this would help me achieve bigger oc's on the CPU/NB and boost performance. But then I realized that the new MOBO would $245.But if I sold my CPU and MOBO for like $200 and put the $300 for the new MOBO with it, I would have $500 and I could get the 2600k and this ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/

http://www.overclock.net/forums/threads/full_editor/posttype/newthread/fullpageid/13

I did want to wait on piledriver or an 8150 revision but there's no guarentee that it's going to out perform the I7 and theres no release dates. So I'm at odds, I really love Oc'ing AMD CPU's and am a HUGE fan of the brand smile.gif. How more more performance am I going to get by upgrading the MOB?. Also if I went intel I would have to go 2600K because

A) I'm in Canada and the 2500k is $225 adn the I7 2600k unlocked is on sale for $299 so thats only $75 diffreence.
B) The 2600k is a better CPU and more future proof
C) it would give me a larger E Penis to go with my Water Loop I ordered.


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But I don't know could anyone tell me how the 1100T would do with a better MOBO (I already have a half decent one (Asus M5A87 evo)?
Edited by Bravo2010 - 2/7/12 at 5:03pm
 
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Given that you've got a pretty good board already, you likely won't see a huge increase by spending $250 on a motherboard for that chip. Seems like you're probably near your chip's limits already.

For $500, the choice is obvious. Jump ship to the 2600k. You'll breathe an entirely new life into that new 7970 of yours.
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Given that you've got a pretty good board already, you likely won't see a huge increase by spending $250 on a motherboard for that chip. Seems like you're probably near your chip's limits already.
For $500, the choice is obvious. Jump ship to the 2600k. You'll breathe an entirely new life into that new 7970 of yours.

Ya, it is an obvious choice, guess I was hopinng there would be a miracle response with a good AMD choice because i do love the brand but ya I've tried everything with this CPU and I really know how to OC. The best I got was 4.3 stable and a 49.6 Latency on my ram. Guess thats not going to get better. Well I least I got the bucks. I almost forgot I'm selling my almost new Diamond 6950 2gb XOC (unlocked shaders and duel bios) so thats another $200 for a total of $700.

With a $700 budget what would be a good upgrade. I live by NCIX so I do all my shopping there but they price match anything sold in Canada. Thats how Im getting the 2600k unlocked for $299.
 
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I'd say go for the 2600k, the board, and an SSD. wink.gif Or you could get another rad for your WC and include your GPU in the loop.
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I was going to get a better psu 750-850 watt any ideas?
 
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Well considering that you're using a 7970 now, and planning to get the 2600k, I'd say 850W would be good leeway in case of any further upgrades. Lot's of choices regarding brand, I'd go Corsair or Seasonic for this.
Edited by jedi304 - 2/6/12 at 5:31am
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Well considering that you're using a 7970 now, and planning to get the 2600k, I'd say 850W would be good leeway in case of any further upgrades.

A quality 750w will EASILY handle a 2600k and 7970 crossfire.
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I pulled the trigger to a got the I7 2600k unlocked ($299) and the ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Z68 onsale for $180

450

So now i'm just waiting for my water cooling kit to arrive. The one thing that sucks is I was only out by 1 week and I could have taken back my 1100T and Asus M5a97 Evo for a full exchange, now have to sell them for a reduced price of $200 for both losing $130. Im so mad at AMD for the FX series that came out, they actually made some awsome GPUS with the 7970/7950 that their own CPUS can run without bottlenecking. I really wanted to stay with AMD for the CPU but couldn't after seeing how poorly a fully overclocked 1100T (overclocked to 4.2GHz rammed tweeked to 1649 MHz, 49.9 lantency) ran the 7970. Also since I'm going to reinstall the OS, I was thinking of getting another SSD. What would be a good SSD (7+ WIE score) for around $130 (from NXIC)
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I pulled the trigger to a got the I7 2600k unlocked ($299) and the ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Z68 onsale for $180
450
So now i'm just waiting for my water cooling kit to arrive. The one thing that sucks is I was only out by 1 week and I could have taken back my 1100T and Asus M5a97 Evo for a full exchange, now have to sell them for a reduced price of $200 for both losing $130. Im so mad at AMD for the FX series that came out, they actually made some awsome GPUS with the 7970/7950 that their own CPUS can run without bottlenecking. I really wanted to stay with AMD for the CPU but couldn't after seeing how poorly a fully overclocked 1100T (overclocked to 4.2GHz rammed tweeked to 1649 MHz, 49.9 lantency) ran the 7970. Also since I'm going to reinstall the OS, I was thinking of getting another SSD. What would be a good SSD (7+ WIE score) for around $130 (from NXIC)

Bravo,

i saw someone with a PII 965 in the 79XX owners club and he does not seem to be having any problem running a 7970.
well, anyway, congrats. your setup should accomodate a crossfire in the future. i am jelly.
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Bravo,
i saw someone with a PII 965 in the 79XX owners club and he does not seem to be having any problem running a 7970.
well, anyway, congrats. your setup should accomodate a crossfire in the future. i am jelly.

You have you remeber that the 7970 is a really fast card,so the 965 owner is still going to max out most games that don't use the CPU and he's going to still get insane perofrmance but not max (so he propbably doesn't know his CPU is bottlenecking anything) . As for me Im getting huge performance just not the same FPS as with intel. I also went from a high end card to a higher end card 6950 2gb (Shaders unlocked) so I was in a position to see that the 7970 should be getting WAY more performance then what im getting (In CPU intensive games the performance is on PAR with the 6950) and when I boost all settings to max on some games the perofrmance is just not there.. And thanx for the post. Like I said I've been AMD's biggest supporter here, but when I saw first hand at it's limitations (Which arn't huge, the 1100T is a really fast CPU) when I'm putting out the $, I just want to get the performance Im paying for.

So in short what I'm saying is with the AMD 1100T my 7970 is only performing slightly better then my 6950 which shouldnt be the case
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