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So first off I would like to know if anyone has run a 960T with crossfire 6850s or something similar, and how their gaming performance was. I want to upgrade my CPU but I'm unsure of whether I should get a 960T as soon as I can or save up some more money and get a new motherboard and a Piledriver. I kind of want a new motherboard since what I have now isn't good for overclocking and the PCIe slots are close and create a crossfire "sandwich" with my cards. I would just like to hear what you guys think, and I really want to stick with AMD so please keep your "AMD sucks get teh 2500K" comments to your self.
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If there arent any great AMD options then why stick with it. I would say the same for Intel if the options werent out there.


Athlon X4 is just slightly below most Phenom X4's and the X6 isn't exactly known for great cfx setups without being a degree of bottleneck.

The smart choice is the 2500k, so why do u not want it?
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If there arent any great AMD options then why stick with it. I would say the same for Intel if the options werent out there.
Athlon X4 is just slightly below most Phenom X4's and the X6 isn't exactly known for great cfx setups without being a degree of bottleneck.
The smart choice is the 2500k, so why do u not want it?

This. They are both companies. Both of their sole reasons for existing are to generate profit. Neither one could care less about you, so why care about them? Unless you own stock in AMD, or know someone who works there. (In either case, you would probably know the answer to your question already.) Just get what works best for you. What will work best for you is an Intel product.
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Really nice that the guy asks for advice about AMD and specifically says he's not interested in Intel options, yet two Intel users still saw fit to troll the thread. Really helpful. I'm sure he knows what a 2500K's capabilities are, but he said he didn't want one. Period.

Anyway, a 960T will work well with dual 6850s; don't use that configuration myself but have seen it in action before. It helps if you can unlock the 960T to a Thuban, which is usually possible.

Based on what you said, if I were you, I think I'd just hold off. If you get the 960T, you're going to be at the end of the line anyway. AMD is never producing anything faster that will run on that platform, and your board won't take an FX processor. An unlocked 960T will give you another year or two on that board, but you're not happy with the board anyway, and Piledriver should be able to out-perform Phenom II's in all respects if it really has a 10-15 percent IPC improvement as AMD states.

The Athlon II you have isn't that far off a stock 960T anyway, and unlocking it to X6 isn't guaranteed. I went from an Athlon II X4 620 at 3.25 to what I have now (Phenom II X4 B50 @ 3.5) and while I saw some improvement, it honestly wasn't enough for the trouble.

So, in you situation, I would recommend keeping the upgrade itch under control for a few months and then getting Piledriver.
     
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if your gonna upgrade, Id wait on the chip and just grab a new 990fx board right now. the 990fx boards are guaranteed for piledriver and already work well with bulldozer and current am3 chips as well. I'm unsure if your x4 athlon would work on a 990fx board, but ill check around for cpu support. The super nice part of the 990fx chipset is the spacing on pci-e slots which seems to be alot better for sli or crossfire, plus the sli support is native. Checked, that athlon 2 x4 quad will work handily on a 990fx chipset board, specifically i looked at the gigabyte website at their 990fxa-ud3 and it is supported on that board, so it should work for any 990fx chipset am3+ board. the reason i checked is because i saw a qualifier somewhere that said not ALL am3 chips are supported on am3+ boards, though i think the specific chips are the ranas.
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Really nice that the guy asks for advice about AMD and specifically says he's not interested in Intel options, yet two Intel users still saw fit to troll the thread. Really helpful. I'm sure he knows what a 2500K's capabilities are, but he said he didn't want one. Period.

I really wasn't intending to be a troll, but I realize it probably came off that way. I understand the love for AMD. I wanted to buy bulldozer really bad.

Anyway, if you want an AMD product, and you don't want to wait too long, The AMD FX-4150: 4 cores, 3.9GHz, 12MB cache, rumored from this thread should do the job for a good price, and at 95W TDP.
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So first off I would like to know if anyone has run a 960T with crossfire 6850s or something similar, and how their gaming performance was. I want to upgrade my CPU but I'm unsure of whether I should get a 960T as soon as I can or save up some more money and get a new motherboard and a Piledriver. I kind of want a new motherboard since what I have now isn't good for overclocking and the PCIe slots are close and create a crossfire "sandwich" with my cards. I would just like to hear what you guys think, and I really want to stick with AMD so please keep your "AMD sucks get teh 2500K" comments to your self.

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