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AMD Phenom II X4 965 or AMD Radeon HD 6870

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I want to know, which should I get for better overall performance. I currently have an Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz so should I upgrade to a Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz or Should I upgrade my GTS 450 to an AMD Radeon HD 6870? I want better performance in games like:
Flight Simulator X
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Portal 2
ArmA 2
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Dont know much about your processor but it is a quad which is a plus...so I would say looking at a couple of the games depending on res the videocard first...and of course both eventually
    
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At higher resolutions, your CPU matters less and your GPU matters more, so I'd get a 6850.
 
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Kind of apples for apples here. I would go for the Video card because the processor gains would be almost unnoticeable. Wait for Bulldozer.
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Phenom x4 is better than Athlon x4 but the gap will close once OC them. On the other hand, it is 85% to 90% performance boost depended resolution from GTS450 stock to 6870 stock. Thus, it seems 6870 is a better upgrade if this is a game rig. With a bit effort of X4 OC, you have a powerful rig. However, one 6870 can draw 160w alone, OC x4 can take up to 220w depending on speed and voltage plus other components, your Ultra 550 Watt LSP psu. It is a 550w psu but it only produces 30a/360w on 12v. This is a big issue. I hope this helps.
Edited by linskingdom - 12/29/10 at 5:37pm
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The 965 would be better if you plan to use after market cooling and OC...teaching.gif

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your Ultra 550 Watt LSP psu. It is a 550w psu but it only produces 30a/360w on 12v

BIG ISSUE.
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Phenom x4 is better than Athlon x4 but the gap will close once OC them. On the other hand, it is 85% to 90% performance boost depended resolution from GTS450 stock to 6870 stock. Thus, it seems 6870 is a better upgrade. With a bit efforts on X4 OC, you have a powerful rig. However, one 6870 can draw 160w alone, OC x4 can take up to 220w depending on speed and voltage plus other components, your Ultra 550 Watt LSP psu. It is a 550w psu but it only produces 30a/360w on 12v. This is a big issue. I hope this helps.

^This...getting a quality PSU along with the 6870 is better than getting the PII right now...'coz in a couple of months the new AMD mobos and CPUs are coming out...I'm pushing 3.5GHz on an Athlon ii 630 x4, I'd like to push it to 4GHz with my mugen 2 rev.b but my motherboard can't handle the load...

so in the end 6870 + quality PSU (600w to 700w) would be my suggestion
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