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Greetings,

I'm thinking of upgrading my gaming rig on Monday but, I need a bit of guidance first. I'm looking for a boost in gaming performance mainly.

So, I want to do one of three things (as well as upgrade the PSU):

- upgrade the CPU to an AMD hex core
- add a second Vapor-X 5870
- upgrade to a HD5970


Which would you guys recommend I do?


Also, the PCI-E connectors on my mobo are x-16 and x-8. Would using the x-8 affect the performance if I were to add a second card?


Thanks in advance.
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What's the budget?
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what's the budget?
£300-400
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Add another 5870, the hex is a bit of a waste with Bulldozer so close, and the 5970 is too expensive. Plus, the 2 5870's can be transfered to a new build if you decide to go with a newer platform.

Your PSU will be fine for 5870's in crossfire.
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Is your system doing something funny cause you should be able to run most games with what you have.
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Add another 5870, the hex is a bit of a waste with Bulldozer so close, and the 5970 is too expensive. Plus, the 2 5870's can be transfered to a new build if you decide to go with a newer platform.

Your PSU will be fine for 5870's in crossfire.
This^^^
Your system is pretty well off and that will give you the most bang/buck atm.
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I'll go for the second 5870 then

Will a second be affected by running on the x-8 connector?
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Greetings,

I'm thinking of upgrading my gaming rig on Monday but, I need a bit of guidance first. I'm looking for a boost in gaming performance mainly.

So, I want to do one of three things (as well as upgrade the PSU):

- upgrade the CPU to an AMD hex core
- add a second Vapor-X 5870
- upgrade to a HD5970


Which would you guys recommend I do?


Also, the PCI-E connectors on my mobo are x-16 and x-8. Would using the x-8 affect the performance if I were to add a second card?


Thanks in advance.
a hexa core is complete waste for gaming,unless you do stuffs like video encodin,rendering dont buy a hexa core.
Trust me,your current cpu (x4 965) is very good for gaming.
I would suggest you to buy another HD 5870,
& by the way let me know you that running a card in 8x wouldnt hamper your performence.
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post #9 of 36
What's wrong with your current setup? It should be able to play any game out there.
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What's wrong with your current setup? It should be able to play any game out there.
Abysmal frame-rates with Crysis (15-20), GTA 4 (15-20), Assassin's Creed I and II (20-25), Splinter Cell ConViction (20-25) and couple of others.
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