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post #1 of 9
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Hi All,

I upgraded my GPU last night, went from a Radeon HD 4670 to a 6870, whilst I'm seeing a big improvement in FPS, it's not as much as I thought it would be, was running BFBC2 last night and was getting about 45 - 50 FPS with everything set to high. So was thinking, should I just drop a AMD Phenom II X4 840 in to my PC for the moment for £80 to get more performance until the next gen comes out? Or should I just upgrade now, new mobo (yes, I know my existing one is crap), better memory and either a x4 970, x6 1090t, or was even thinking of i7 2600K, will it help the FPS a little??? See my specs below.

Thanks
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Intel I7 920 @ 4.0GHz (1.26V) Asus Rampage II Extreame Radeon HD 6870 @ 960Mhz Corsair Vengeance 6GB 1600MHz 
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1.7TB Total Windows 7 Pro 64bit BenQ G2420HDBL 24" LED Cooler Master GX 750W 
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Intel I7 920 @ 4.0GHz (1.26V) Asus Rampage II Extreame Radeon HD 6870 @ 960Mhz Corsair Vengeance 6GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1.7TB Total Windows 7 Pro 64bit BenQ G2420HDBL 24" LED Cooler Master GX 750W 
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post #2 of 9
2500K, 1155 mobo, and some ddr3 dual channel ram is all you need for a wicked gaming rig.

I'd upgrade now.
    
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Xeon E5-1680 V2  R4BE  TITAN X (Pascal)   2666 Dominator Platinum CL10 
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750 NVMe 1.2TB EK HF/rx360/rx120 EK FC/GTs/mcp655 Windows 10 Pro  
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750 NVMe 1.2TB EK HF/rx360/rx120 EK FC/GTs/mcp655 Windows 10 Pro  
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post #3 of 9
Can you not unlock the 2 extra cores on your CPU? Not sure if your motherboard supports unlocking feature or not but see what others say.

http://www.crescentelectronics.co.uk...processor.html
I am sure with £99 you an get an AMD 955

If you cant get it a 640 is will fine
    
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Intel i3 540 P7H55M-Pro XFX 6770 OCZ Platinum 
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OCZ Vertex 2E  Samsung F4 Maxtor DiamondMax 23 LG Super-multi Drive 
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Coolermaster Hyper212+ Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit LG W2361V Razer Tarantula 
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OCZ Vertex 2E  Samsung F4 Maxtor DiamondMax 23 LG Super-multi Drive 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Coolermaster Hyper212+ Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit LG W2361V Razer Tarantula 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
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post #4 of 9
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@Cee My mobo does support unlocking the other 2 cores but the 4th core is not stable, could run on 3 cores but loose all temp readings, oh and forgot to mention that my mobo only supports up to 95W CPU's
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Intel I7 920 @ 4.0GHz (1.26V) Asus Rampage II Extreame Radeon HD 6870 @ 960Mhz Corsair Vengeance 6GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1.7TB Total Windows 7 Pro 64bit BenQ G2420HDBL 24" LED Cooler Master GX 750W 
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CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 920 @ 4.0GHz (1.26V) Asus Rampage II Extreame Radeon HD 6870 @ 960Mhz Corsair Vengeance 6GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1.7TB Total Windows 7 Pro 64bit BenQ G2420HDBL 24" LED Cooler Master GX 750W 
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CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced 
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post #5 of 9
Upgrade the mobo for sure then, and if you can afford it go for a stronger CPU like a 955BE or higher. The Hex core really won't make any difference when gaming but they are cool to have.
post #6 of 9
Yeah, I'd definitely recommend upgrading to a 2500k. You WILL see improvements with FPS.
 
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2500K P8P67 Evo MSI RX 480 Sniper|1600 
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Intel 330 Hyper 212+ Win8-x64 P2310H + P2311H 
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CMPSU-650TX NZXT S340 
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Dual-Core E-350 Radeon HD 6310M 3GB DDR3 HDD 
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HP External BluRay/DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 11.6" LED (1366 x 768) Touch 
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Phenom II 840T 880GM-LE GTS 450 Corsair XMS2 2x2GB 
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2500K P8P67 Evo MSI RX 480 Sniper|1600 
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Intel 330 Hyper 212+ Win8-x64 P2310H + P2311H 
PowerCase
CMPSU-650TX NZXT S340 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Dual-Core E-350 Radeon HD 6310M 3GB DDR3 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorMouse
HP External BluRay/DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 11.6" LED (1366 x 768) Touch 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 840T 880GM-LE GTS 450 Corsair XMS2 2x2GB 
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Caviar Green 1TB LG Scythe KATANA 3 Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 
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post #7 of 9
If you can unlock the third core, you will see a noticible performance increase- tricore is a sweet spot for price/perfomance. Also see if you can overclock your processor first, then try an unlock, and then try to overclock that if you are successful. That may just tie you overuntil the next generation of cpus come out.
    
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AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Windsor Asrock N68C-S UCC XFX 8500GT Passive Cooled 2x Hynix 512MB DDR2 533MHz 
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Seagate 500GB SATA LG Supermulti SATA Lightscribe Debian Sid AMD64/Windows XP x86 Dell 17" TFT 
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Seagate 500GB SATA LG Supermulti SATA Lightscribe Debian Sid AMD64/Windows XP x86 Dell 17" TFT 
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post #8 of 9
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Thanks, it hasn't shown up in my sig but I have it OC'd already @ 3.5ghz. Thunk I will unlock that 3rd core for now (to he'll with the temp readings) until I decide what to do. So just to get this right, you guys to reckon I will get higher FPS with a better CPU/mobo/ram ?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 920 @ 4.0GHz (1.26V) Asus Rampage II Extreame Radeon HD 6870 @ 960Mhz Corsair Vengeance 6GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1.7TB Total Windows 7 Pro 64bit BenQ G2420HDBL 24" LED Cooler Master GX 750W 
Case
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 920 @ 4.0GHz (1.26V) Asus Rampage II Extreame Radeon HD 6870 @ 960Mhz Corsair Vengeance 6GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1.7TB Total Windows 7 Pro 64bit BenQ G2420HDBL 24" LED Cooler Master GX 750W 
Case
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced 
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post #9 of 9
Unlocking the CPU or running any sort of 125W processor on that board would be unsafe.
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