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cpu or graf card add/change ???

post #1 of 9
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I have a good question, you could see my system at the bottom...
I want to change something to have more performance, did i need to change my cpu or add a graf card to be crossfire i don't want to change both due to $$$$ for sure soon a change my case to thermaltake va8003bws or vh 6001bws.

Tks
My PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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post #2 of 9
I am assuming you mean "gaming performance" - if you can only change one thing then I'd opt for the GPU upgrade. i dont know anything about ATI cards so I am not sure adding a second ATI card is better than a single newer/newest card. but overall, for gaming, if you already have a decent cpu and mem, the single best upgrade with noticeable improvement would be to jack up your video hardware

what are your 3dmark06 scores like?
edit: nvm, just saw in your rig spec
Chuckle2Tits
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 2.66 45nm D0 Foxconn BloodRage x58 EVGA GTX 285 6 GB Corsair Dom. DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x300 GB WD Velociraptor Asus 16/48 DVD/CD ROM SATA Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech USB wired Silverstone Decathalon 850 PolymorphiX (PMX_v1s) ms optical, wired 
Mouse Pad
ancient piece of crap :P 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 2.66 45nm D0 Foxconn BloodRage x58 EVGA GTX 285 6 GB Corsair Dom. DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x300 GB WD Velociraptor Asus 16/48 DVD/CD ROM SATA Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech USB wired Silverstone Decathalon 850 PolymorphiX (PMX_v1s) ms optical, wired 
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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
3dmark06 15978
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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post #4 of 9
your rig is awesome man maybe you can upgrade to a Nvidia GT200 or ATi 4xxx series when they come out in june 15-18
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 5000 x2 Black Edition  BioStar 790GX 128M BFG 9800GT 1024 Mb 4x1 GB's of random thingies  
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
300GB Maxtor  Windows 7-U 64bit HP 19"  Logetech 
PowerCaseMouse
400 watt silver stone  Ultra Grid Logitech 
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AMD Athlon 5000 x2 Black Edition  BioStar 790GX 128M BFG 9800GT 1024 Mb 4x1 GB's of random thingies  
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
300GB Maxtor  Windows 7-U 64bit HP 19"  Logetech 
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400 watt silver stone  Ultra Grid Logitech 
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post #5 of 9
q6600 or e8500
Blackout
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GO (lapped) @ 3.01ghz DFI Dark P35 T2RS 896mb EVGA GTX260 2GB Corsair Dominator 1066 w/ dominator airflow 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SATA Samsung Spinpoint 320GB, SATA WD cavier 160GB Pioneer 212 vista x86 ultimate samsung 'pebble' 2232bw 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
micorsoft razer 'reclusa' Coolermaster 520w Modular Antec 900, Full Stealth black painted. logitech mx518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GO (lapped) @ 3.01ghz DFI Dark P35 T2RS 896mb EVGA GTX260 2GB Corsair Dominator 1066 w/ dominator airflow 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SATA Samsung Spinpoint 320GB, SATA WD cavier 160GB Pioneer 212 vista x86 ultimate samsung 'pebble' 2232bw 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
micorsoft razer 'reclusa' Coolermaster 520w Modular Antec 900, Full Stealth black painted. logitech mx518 
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post #6 of 9
I agree, another 3870x2 would be good but a Q6600/Q6700 or E8400/E8500 would be better.
RaW Gaming Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
QX9650 @ 4Ghz - 1.255v (Max 4.34Ghz) Asus P5Q ASUS GTX480 840/1680/2013 @ 1016mv 4x2GB Kingston HyperX 8500 @ 1150Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SpinpointF1 1TB, 2x250GB WD VelociRaptor Raid0,... Asus LightScribe DVD-RW Corsair H70 + 2x Akasa Apache 120mm in Push Pul... Win 7 Home Prem x64 + RedHat Linux Dual Boot 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 32" FULL HD LCD Logitech G15 mk2 OCZ ModXtreme 700w 80+ Silver Modular CM Storm Sniper - Tinted Panal 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
CM Storm Sentinal Advanced mk1 Steel Series WoW Special Edition Asus Xonar DG with built in Headphone Amp.  Roccat Kave Headphones with True 5.1 audio. 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
QX9650 @ 4Ghz - 1.255v (Max 4.34Ghz) Asus P5Q ASUS GTX480 840/1680/2013 @ 1016mv 4x2GB Kingston HyperX 8500 @ 1150Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SpinpointF1 1TB, 2x250GB WD VelociRaptor Raid0,... Asus LightScribe DVD-RW Corsair H70 + 2x Akasa Apache 120mm in Push Pul... Win 7 Home Prem x64 + RedHat Linux Dual Boot 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 32" FULL HD LCD Logitech G15 mk2 OCZ ModXtreme 700w 80+ Silver Modular CM Storm Sniper - Tinted Panal 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
CM Storm Sentinal Advanced mk1 Steel Series WoW Special Edition Asus Xonar DG with built in Headphone Amp.  Roccat Kave Headphones with True 5.1 audio. 
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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
tks
its what i think...
just a double check to be sure
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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My PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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post #8 of 9
I would go for another 3870 x2, that thing would really scream.
Cube
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 6700k MSI Z170A GAMING 7 ASUS STRIX 1070 ASUS STRIX 1070 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA 32GB PC4 3000 SAMSUNG EVO 840 256GB 2 TB Hitachi 2 TB Hitachi 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
BDR R/W Corsair H115i WIN 10 PRO 27" DELL S2716DG 144HZ Gsync 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Razer Black Widow Ultimate Corsair RM 850X Corsair Carbide AIR 540 YAMAHA R-S202 
AudioAudio
BIC F12 AMERICA 12" DAYTON B652 AIR 
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i7 6700k MSI Z170A GAMING 7 ASUS STRIX 1070 ASUS STRIX 1070 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA 32GB PC4 3000 SAMSUNG EVO 840 256GB 2 TB Hitachi 2 TB Hitachi 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
BDR R/W Corsair H115i WIN 10 PRO 27" DELL S2716DG 144HZ Gsync 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Razer Black Widow Ultimate Corsair RM 850X Corsair Carbide AIR 540 YAMAHA R-S202 
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BIC F12 AMERICA 12" DAYTON B652 AIR 
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post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
hard choice
My PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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My PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.3 mhz Asus Maximum Formula ATI HD3870X2 OCZ PC2-8000 4gig 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
SATA 500G VISTA 32 bit CORSAIR 750w ANTEC 1200 
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