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First off, hello everyone!

I was just curious if my current rig would bottleneck a 6950 or 5870 (havent decided which one, help here would be nice as well). I might do some slight overclocking with ATi Overdrive but nothing that would be extreme enough to require aftermarket cooling.

-Thanks Guys!

AMD Phenom II x2 555 BE @ 3.2GHz
Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H (760G Chipset)
2GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz
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Possibly the RAM on newer games which utilise more memory, but on older games no.
 
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Do you play Battlefield: Bad Company 2, GTA: IV, Just Cause 2, or any other games that have support for 4 core CPUs? Do you expect to play games like BF3 and other games that supports quads in the future? If so, yes, it will bottleneck you.

Try unlocking the CPU. Unlocked and at 3.8 shouldn't bottleneck the 5870/6950.

Also, you're RAM might be an issue. I recommend getting 4GBs. I also think you should get a new power supply, the one you have is likely to die/explode.

Lastly, if the games you play only support dual cores or single cores, then try and get to 4ghz and you won't be bottlenecked for dual or single core support games besides your RAM.
    
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You need at least 4 gigs of system ram.. 8 would be better(Ram is cheap these days) and I wouldnt feel too confident with that PSU...Especially for a 6950...
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Use this if you need to check your power consumption:

http://www.antec.outervision.com/
 
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You need at least 4 gigs of system ram.. 8 would be better(Ram is cheap these days) and I wouldnt feel too confident with that PSU...Especially for a 6950...
Unless you have an extreme high res monitor situation/play GTA IV, 4GBs will be fine for any game even if you can get 8GB for cheap. More RAM gives your CPU more load and will make your overclock worse.
    
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Originally Posted by Lostintyme View Post
Do you play Battlefield: Bad Company 2, GTA: IV, Just Cause 2, or any other games that have support for 4 core CPUs? Do you expect to play games like BF3 and other games that supports quads in the future? If so, yes, it will bottleneck you.

Try unlocking the CPU. Unlocked and at 3.8 shouldn't bottleneck the 5870/6950.

Also, you're RAM might be an issue. I recommend getting 4GBs. I also think you should get a new power supply, the one you have is likely to die/explode.

Lastly, if the games you play only support dual cores or single cores, then try and get to 4ghz and you won't be bottlenecked for dual or single core support games besides your RAM.
Acctually I do play BFBC2, and had no idea it supported 4 cores! I defiantly have decided, as I continue to research, that I will probably get a Phenom II x4 955, and more reliable PSU.

I have tried in the past on numerous occasions to unlock unsucessfully, and hace never been able to push 3.7GHz with any stability. I am led to believe that this is due to my motherboard.

Is it worth the chipset upgrade to goto an 8-series mobo and 4GB of DDR3?
    
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Originally Posted by iAmOnTheMo0n View Post
Acctually I do play BFBC2, and had no idea it supported 4 cores! I defiantly have decided, as I continue to research, that I will probably get a Phenom II x4 955, and more reliable PSU.

I have tried in the past on numerous occasions to unlock unsucessfully, and hace never been able to push 3.7GHz with any stability. I am led to believe that this is due to my motherboard.

Is it worth the chipset upgrade to goto an 8-series mobo and 4GB of DDR3?
Grab a TA890FXE. It has the current world record for an X4 955 at 7.1GHZ and is an all around great board and can be had for less than $150.

If you can afford a $140 PSU, a Seasonic X650 is pretty much the best 650w PSU you can get. Fully modular, 80+ gold, fan doesn't turn on until 150w is being pulled.

If you can't afford the X650, the Antec TP-650 is also great for $80.
    
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Originally Posted by Lostintyme View Post
Grab a TA890FXE. It has the current world record for an X4 955 at 7.1GHZ and is an all around great board and can be had for less than $150.

If you can afford a $140 PSU, a Seasonic X650 is pretty much the best 650w PSU you can get. Fully modular, 80+ gold, fan doesn't turn on until 150w is being pulled.

If you can't afford the X650, the Antec TP-650 is also great for $80.
Thank you a bunch man, I had never heard of either one of those products and I will most definatly check them out.

One final thing. Whats your opinion on 5870 vs 6950?

I play mostly games like BFBC2, HL2, Crysis 2, and the like.
    
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post #10 of 14
More ram, better psu.

I have to really suggest this as a psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-021-_-Product
suggest a complete system overhaul, look on OCN's sale fourms since alot of people are selling off 955's to 1100t's, a lot are in package deals.
    
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