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Currently running i7-940 OC'd to 3.8 on DX58SO with CF 6950.
BF3 plays fine mostly but trying to get 120 fps on most maps is a bit tricky with Ultra.
Certain maps like Caspian border is really hard to get over 80 fps.
The picture is a screen shot I took as I was playing Caspian on ultra, averaging 65-85 fps.
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What do you guys think I should upgrade? Ivy Bridge & z77 or sli 680s?
I think upgrading to the 680s i'll feel the most "bump" but worried that my almost 4 year old CPU/Mobo will some how bottleneck the new GPUs... Any input will be appreciated thumb.gif

(running 1920x1080 on 120hz)
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Your system looks very balanced i dont think you would get a good bump from either. I think it would take a cpu and new gpus.
Edited by conzilla - 3/30/12 at 5:24am
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Your CPU is good enough. If you have another 1000+$, please try the latest i7 and tell us the result. wink.gif

When you are gaming at high resolution, the GPU is the most important factor. You need to crossfire/SLI or get a 500+$ GPU running at 512b/s.

Anyway, please prepare 500-1000$ for a better system.
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Thanks for the input. My friends are saying I should be very happy with it but I just want some more fps.
I only really wanted to upgrade either one but most likely I think I'll do both.
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Your CPU is good enough. If you have another 1000+$, please try the latest i7 and tell us the result. wink.gif
When you are gaming at high resolution, the GPU is the most important factor. You need to crossfire/SLI or get a 500+$ GPU running at 512b/s.
Anyway, please prepare 500-1000$ for a better system.

Upgrading to 680 sli would be about $1100. My guess for CPU would be around 700 at least....
I would probably just go for GPUs at this point although upgrading my 3 year old motherboard with the sabertooth z77 is what I was looking forward to.
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post #6 of 10
You really don't need SLI 680s if you want 120 hz @ 1080p. If you're willing to make small sacrifices (like not max out AA), a single 680 will run it at 120 hz just fine.

Your CPU should not bottleneck you in any significant way.
    
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I think your current rig is fine.
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The only disadvantage of your MB I can find is the lack of SATA3 support. So you cannot use the latest SSD harddisk, redface.gif The bus is fast enough for any 2*GPU.

By the way, your system is better than most of ours already. rolleyes.gif
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The only disadvantage of your MB I can find is the lack of SATA3 support. So you cannot use the latest SSD harddisk, redface.gif The bus is fast enough for any 2*GPU.
By the way, your system is better than most of ours already. rolleyes.gif

Thanks but it also lacks USB 3.0... I guess I'm just nitpicking at this point?
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Thanks but it also lacks USB 3.0... I guess I'm just nitpicking at this point?

Maybe you can wait til the end of the year. Cheers! tongue.gif
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