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I currently have:
AMD 555 (unlocked and overclocked to 3.8GHZ)
Kingston Grey 8gb 1600 ddr3
XFX 6850 @ 900/1000
PSU capable of Crossfire
AM3 MSI Mobo
Kingston 64GB SSD
1TB HDD
Silverstone SG02

Problem:
I play ARMA2:OA and even up to 4 cores @ 4.0GHZ the game is severely CPU bottle necked. My GPU sits at 20-50% utilization with CPU stonewalled at 50% (thread scheduling, I tried EVERYTHING including going 2 cores, affinity, etc). I hate sitting at low frames while my GPU stays idle. Currently I average 30-40FPS but graphic settings don't do anything at all to help this (other than CPU limited scenes such as massive amount of trees, etc) even at 640x480. I'm trying to get away from the low fps during smoke rendering or certain scenes and most generally let my GPU do its thing.

Solution:
2500K
MSI P67A-G45 (cheapest Crossfire I could find in P67)

What I need help with:
Case
HSF

I'm going to reuse my PSU, Memory, SSD, HDD, etc while the Silverstone SG02 was only $30 at the time, it isn't good for anything but HTPC. I just built the AMD as a holdover system a mere month ago. The AMD has onboard video (being a 890) so it's going under my TV or wife's gaming box with some cheapo parts.

I'm going with a crossfire capable motherboard so I can drop in another 6850 in the future if need be. I need to maximize value in my investment.

Keeping budget in mind, I WAS looking at the 600t by Corsair for a case as it seems it'll last forever. I am lost on a heatsink selection. I want to squeeze every ounce out of the 2500k.

Also, a cheap good keyboard? I'm using some EX100 by Logitech which is worse than garbage.
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post #2 of 7
Not really a solution, just looks like you're going with what everyone else is...lol!
1)700+w PSU
2)Case depends on you.
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Originally Posted by zorrobyte View Post
Keeping budget in mind, I WAS looking at the 600t by Corsair for a case as it seems it'll last forever. I am lost on a heatsink selection. I want to squeeze every ounce out of the 2500k.
Thermalright Silver Arrow, Noctua NH D14, etc.
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post #4 of 7
sounds good except you might want to upgrade psu if you are going to be crossfire'ing

go with a good value heatsink like the xigmatek or sycth for a value heatsink

or else just get a silver arrow or nh-d14 as _____ said

as for the case... mid tower? full tower? do you want a window? etc.

goodluck
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post #5 of 7
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On the issue with PSU I do have something like a 500-650W cooler master that does have 6 pin cpu, crossfire + 24 pin. I'm going to stick with the current PSU and single GPU and leave the option open for future upgrade ability. I'll drop in another 6850 and a Corsair 850 or something when the system starts to show its age or I upgrade monitors.

It was between the megahalems and the NH-D14 so I'll go NH-D14 so I don't have to buy fans. The 600T is high quality and seems to have good airflow with good looks. I'll get the window/fan side upgrade kit in the future if need be.

So the last nagging issue, best bang for buck keyboard. I have a G9x and a good headset/joystick.
Edited by zorrobyte - 4/20/11 at 8:40pm
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post #6 of 7
If your after a good looking cooler that can keep an i5 2500k cool even @ 5ghz get the zalman nps 9900 max
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post #7 of 7
Or you invest some money and get a h70.
(Shouldn`t write this as a nooctua fanboy)
So get the D14!
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