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I found a thread (sadly it died) that was dedicated to your derpiest moments while computer building. I once forgot to plug in the heatsink's fan on my Athlon on my second rig.
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Naa no bent pins. I was just trying to see how many systems I could build out of the leftovers in my closet. It was a 4050e Athlon X2 64. I couldn't give the thing away if I tried haha.
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With the IGP disabled, your A8 is a 3 GHz Athlon II X4. If you can overclock it to about 3.5, you should pretty much eliminate any bottleneck that a couple of 6950's might cause. Seeing as how you have a T-series motherboard and an unlocked Llano, you should be safe to overclock and have a pretty good chance of success.

You can go ahead and make a move to the FX-8350 and AM3+ right now, and you'll be all set for Steamroller when it arrives. But I don't know if that makes a whole lot of sense if you can wring a little more performance out of the A8's CPU. When Steamroller arrives, there will probably be a new chipset available, and it would make sense to upgrade to it. That's a better option than spending a lot of money on a 970/990 chipset board and a Piledriver now, only to replace the Piledriver in a few months and put a Steamroller on an older platform.
     
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With the IGP disabled, your A8 is a 3 GHz Athlon II X4. If you can overclock it to about 3.5, you should pretty much eliminate any bottleneck that a couple of 6950's might cause. Seeing as how you have a T-series motherboard and an unlocked Llano, you should be safe to overclock and have a pretty good chance of success.

You can go ahead and make a move to the FX-8350 and AM3+ right now, and you'll be all set for Steamroller when it arrives. But I don't know if that makes a whole lot of sense if you can wring a little more performance out of the A8's CPU. When Steamroller arrives, there will probably be a new chipset available, and it would make sense to upgrade to it. That's a better option than spending a lot of money on a 970/990 chipset board and a Piledriver now, only to replace the Piledriver in a few months and put a Steamroller on an older platform.

I keep getting blue screens when I go around 3.5 GHZ. Strangely enough, I got no more overclockability when I installed my Hyper 212, compared to the stock cooler. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, who knows.
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I keep getting blue screens when I go around 3.5 GHZ. Strangely enough, I got no more overclockability when I installed my Hyper 212, compared to the stock cooler. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, who knows.

A better cooler doesn't help in any way besides avoiding overheating. You need a decent motherboard and voltage and RAM setup. If you have 4 channels filled with RAM then OCing will be harder for example.
     
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How much voltage are you sending to the CPU when you overclock? Without the GPU running, that chip is exactly the same thing as a Athlon II 651K, only it should be better than a 651K, because those are harvested APU's that had defects in the GPU section. You should be able to run at 1.4 to 1.45v easily with a Hyper 212 doing the cooling. It's trial and error when you're overclocking, but I'm pretty sure you can hit 3.5 on that A8 unless your RAM or PSU is holding you back.
     
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