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So right now i'm planning to save up for upgrades for my sig rig in the future, probably either winter-time this year or spring of 2012. I have a few paths, and with that said, I have absolutely no clue what to upgrade.

On one hand, I'm contemplating upgrading my cpu to a hexacore, seeing that once Bulldozer comes out, the current Phenom II lineup will most probably be cheaper. I don't see a need to change my mobo and I'm fairly sure it will be able to overclock fairly well, based on this review.

On the other hand, I'm tempted to upgrade my gpu. Either i'd go cheap and just xfire, seeing that the 5770 scales pretty well. Or I could go for a 6970.

In any case, I'm not quite sure what would be the better upgrade path. I do fold a bit so the hexacore would benefit there, but then again, the extra graphics horsepower would be useful for gaming. Any ideas?
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The board should handle the x6 ok.... it worked perfect until my board popped and died. I would add an SSD and another 5770, maybe a beefier PSU. I've heard mixed things about CM PSUs. Hope this helps! Or you could say screw the new components and toss in a WC setup.
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The PSU i've thought about it but luckily mine should be okay (after reading this).

I'd imagine if I crossfired 5770 my current PSU should be able to handle it? Currently right now I want the hexacore but then practically speaking, a more powerful graphics setup would be more useful.
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As you can see I use the x6.... Not useful during my gaming sessions, but when doing my video editing its amazing. I suggest it if you do very CPU intensive tasks, but a quad core is great for gaming.
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The most cpu intense I get is when I fold but currently that's not going on cause I'm having a problem with the client. Other than that, the most I do is a bit of design and editing in photoshop and illustrator. For some odd reason I still want the x6. Something's wrong here.
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Photoshop will take good use of the x6.... will be able to handle more layers then the x4... so I say upgrade the CPU
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So right now i'm planning to save up for upgrades for my sig rig in the future, probably either winter-time this year or spring of 2012. I have a few paths, and with that said, I have absolutely no clue what to upgrade.

On one hand, I'm contemplating upgrading my cpu to a hexacore, seeing that once Bulldozer comes out, the current Phenom II lineup will most probably be cheaper. I don't see a need to change my mobo and I'm fairly sure it will be able to overclock fairly well, based on this review.

On the other hand, I'm tempted to upgrade my gpu. Either i'd go cheap and just xfire, seeing that the 5770 scales pretty well. Or I could go for a 6970.

In any case, I'm not quite sure what would be the better upgrade path. I do fold a bit so the hexacore would benefit there, but then again, the extra graphics horsepower would be useful for gaming. Any ideas?
Flash your mobo to ASrock 890, look it up on google, it works. Also try to peel off the 880 sticker off of your board, under it should actually be an 890 sticker
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Yep just checked it is definitely a sticker. And the flashing seems pretty cool! I'll have to give it a try when i have some more free time. Spring break's almost over

Yea I'm hoping to get the CPU too. The only issue here is will I be using the applications often enough to justify it. I could get the x6 just for the hell of it but in that scenario, I might as well get a gfx card instead.
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