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Holy crap you guys are fast! ROFL!

The Phenom 2 925 is already a 4 core CPU. It's pretty much the same as it's older brothers, but has less TDU @ 95 watts.

The CPU is stable now@ 3.3, but if I go any higher, it'll BSOD on me. The (Zotac) 750a mmotherboard is very limiting on it's BIOS settings. I can't even change the multiplier, lol. I'm kind of wary about getting a 6-core as well. Not sure if it'll support it, unfortunately.

The reason why I brought up a videocard is because a lot of encoders are using CUDA, and switching over to a native C++ coded format for faster processing. I have yet to see anything Stream/AVIVO related for ATi on this end, so I kind of ate it when I got the 5770, unfortunately. With CUDA, more programs are picking it up for encoding because it's easy to implement, so I might have to go with an NVIDIA card. Since my CPU is pretty limiting right now, the extra help from CUDA encoding and rendering would help a bit because of that.

I'm encoding fine for now, but when I'm not encoding and want to hop on to play some games, it kind of sucks to sit there and fiddle with settings until I can find a smooth framerate. I hate jaggies, and AA is a must for me at this resolution.

That's not to say I wouldn't buy an ATi card or CPU if the price is right. I hate being out of the loop when it comes to hardware.




Edit: Hmm... that 6850 for $150 looks really nice. ..... Argh! With tax+ shipping, it's put me over $200.

Edit again: Thanks for the input guys! I really appreciate it! Unfortunately, when I say $170, I really mean it (with tax+shipping). I have to stay within budget or risk losing a testicle to the old lady.
Edited by chou - 3/19/11 at 5:54pm
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post #12 of 33
Then my best recommendation would be the EVGA GTX 460 SSC+. It's around the same speed as a Radeon HD 6870 and a GTX 470 and just a bit slower than a GTX 560 Ti, costs only $200, and supports the apps you want, like CUDA. Since you have a 750a motherboard, you can SLI later on, too.
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post #13 of 33
Get an XFX HD 6870 for only $159 after MIR!!! This is a very good deal and should be a good upgrade over your hd 5770

Deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...76ef8d00dabb8a

apply promo code "VG3TENOFF" to cut $21 when checking out. Cheers this should work for everyone

P.S. this card has lifetime warranty if registered within 30 days of purchase

edit: if your old lady wants you to stay below $170, you can give her back the prepaid card when you receive it.
Edited by robwadeson - 3/19/11 at 6:12pm
    
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Then my best recommendation would be the EVGA GTX 460 SSC+. It's around the same speed as a Radeon HD 6870 and a GTX 470 and just a bit slower than a GTX 560 Ti, costs only $200, and supports the apps you want, like CUDA. Since you have a 750a motherboard, you can SLI later on, too.
I did SLi 9600GT's back in the day (when all of this was new). But the roaring from the fans killed me. Was nice to have the added boost though.

The GTX 460 looks really nice as well, but that SSC model is really close to $200. With this model, it's $180 with tax + shipping.

Is there a difference with the 288 and 336 Stream processors? Or 196 and 256-bit memory?
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^His budget is 170$, literally.

You do live in the US right? Shipping is only 7 bucks, no tax. Spend the extra $7.00, you'll be glad you did.

If you want CUDA cores, your only option is the 460 768mb. Not a bad card by any means, but its no 6850...
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post #16 of 33
Your CPU is still good for encoding.

Wish I could same about your GPU with high settings in games.
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post #17 of 33
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Yep, I live in the US. I'll have to really consider the 460 now.

Edit: Bah. Family is here and I need to finish BBQ'in. But I promise to return asap and discuss this further.
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ya ya i though i seen x2 so i thought 2 core brain fart. but depends on cash i like geforce card compared to ati. ya ati is cheaper but i allways had bad cards or bad drivers. dont get a 570 bad power to the cards alot died. 4 phase power sucks.
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post #19 of 33
I saw you put a max. budget of $170, so sorry for going over budget. For $150, you can still get the GTX 460 768MB. If you want to go even cheaper and don't care about it being refurbished, you can also get a GTX 460 768MB for $130.

EDIT:

Even better, you can get the full 1GB version for $165 with free shipping. This is gonna be the fastest thing you're gonna get for the price.
Edited by LOL_Wut_Axel - 3/19/11 at 6:09pm
    
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post #20 of 33
This is the perfect time to Crossfire that 5770 you have. Get another one and watch your scores go up dramatically. My Two 5770's beat my Son's 4870 X 2 in benchmarks and use half the electricity. .. Youre CPU is not the Greatest but its good. 4 Gigs of ram is good but two more gigs would be better but the best bang for your buck would be to crossfire those 5770s.



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