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Amd fx 4100 with a evga gtx 670 ftw edition?

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title says it all, will that work out without bottlenecking or any problems?
Also
I am upgrading my gpu from a gtx 560 ti and I was wondering whether to buy a evga gtx 670 ftw edition or i5 3570K and a ASrock extreme4.
what will perform better playing battlefield 3 on ultra.
(1440x900 at the moment but upgrading to a 1080p monitor)
Full specs are
amd fx 4100 3.6ghz
8gb g.skill ram 1600
gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard
gigabyte gtx 560 ti
750 watt psu
Not sure whether this is the right place to post, (I'm new)
Edited by Shadey1337 - 8/27/12 at 12:03am
post #2 of 17
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Open to all ideas smile.gif
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As long as you overclock that FX4100, you'll be fine. The only place you'll see a bottleneck really is on games that are severely bound to a single thread. Which at least is not the norm for modern games.

Yeah, youll get a little more performance if you use the same card with a 3570K, but you'll get way more out of a new GPU assuming you just overclock your processor a bit.

This does assume 1080p. At 1440*900, a 670 would be severely bored.
    
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Oh thanks smile.gif , Do you happen to know what speeds you can overclock the cpu to with the stock heatsink ? haha i'm a noob.
Once I buy a new monitor and the gtx 670, Ill invest in a nice watercooling system.
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just grab a 7950 u will do great in BF3 smile.gif

3 day old review 660ti vs 670 vs 7950 http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950/1

u can get 7950 @ $ 320 and spend rest on NICE cooler wink.gif
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Well your board is plenty adequate for overclocking due to it's 8+2 power, so that's a good thing.

Though, I don't really recommend trying to push the chip on stock cooling. 4.0-4.2 is probably feasible assuming it doesn't need too much voltage increase to get there. The FX-4100 isn't exactly a hot running chip.
    
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I'd much prefer to pay that $120 more, It's faster and it's more so I dont have to upgrade it anytime soon.

I'll just wait until i get a nice watercooling system before overclocking it then, How far could I overclock to if I'm using a H100 for example, safe temperatures of course.
post #8 of 17
Thermalright Silver Arrow or Noctua D14 with upgraded fans are almost on par with an H100, and beat an H80. Don't bother with watercooling-in-a-box, they just aren't worth the trouble. Standard air heatsinks also don't have the possibility of destroying your stuff from leaking, pump dying, etc etc.

If you go water, the XSPC Rasa kit, or a custom loop are the only ways to go.

Solid cooling of any flavor will probably put that chip up near 5Ghz with that board.
    
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Looking at one of the XSPC Rasa kit's , it has a 3x120mm radiator
my case is a nzxt guardian and It's very small, Would I somehow be able to run it externally?
or should I just run a good aftermarket cpu cooler?
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Now that, I can't say. The one nice thing about the Rasa (or custom) water, is that you can do what you want with the hoses. They aren't bound to a certain limitation of where you can put them, how you can angle them, etc etc, as is the case with the Corsair H coolers.

IIRC There is a Rasa kit with 2x120mm rad, but I don't know if they replaced it or not. It's been a while.
    
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