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I need some advice. I'm looking to throw a couple hundred into my system and wanted to know what would be the best choice. My current specs are as followed. This is mainly for gaming, web, Office and some adobe programs.

Asus 790x EVO
Seasonix 750X PSU
Phenon II 720 x3 unlocked to 4 cores at 3.4ghz
Gskill 8gig of 1600
Samsung 128gig SSD - OS and some apps
2x 500gig seagate F4 - Data
Gigabyte 6870 - stock clock

I was thinking of getting a 1090T chip to get close to a 4ghz overclock and 6 cores. Open to other chips as well but wouldn't have to upgrade my mobo for now. Not too impressed with the new Bulldozers so far.
Or,
Buy another 6870 for crossfire.

Then just wait another year or so to see how Ivybridge and Bulldozer/pile-driver pan out and then possible major upgrade.
 

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For sure 1090T! BD hasn't impressed me either. If you have money go for a second 6870, won't hurt lol. Everything else seems fine on your PC

OR another route:

Go with a P67 motheboard and i5 2500K (pretty much neck at neck with a 1090T). Then upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU. IB will be compatible with P67.
 

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Thanks for the reassurance. I'm kinda leaning to the 2nd 6870 for now and waiting a bit on the cpu. I'm just wondering would I get a decent frame rate increase with crossfire or would my cpu start to bottleneck it.

Fyi I have it running at 3.5ghz, still nice and cool. I have had it running at 3.6 but I didn't like the voltage level.
 

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Wait on the CPU unless you are going intel, i5-2500K with a P67 mobo. You will see little to no difference going from a quad core to a hexa core. If i were you get the second GPU to Xfire, but, probably then your CPU will be the bottleneck. Intel chips are better at multiple GPU setups.

You will see much more benefit if you get another GPU than if you were to replace your CPU.
 

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the intel i5 2500k +board would cost about $250-350 (microcenter combos)
http://www.microcenter.com/search/se...=200121+484964
http://www.microcenter.com/search/se...=200121+812289
http://www.microcenter.com/search/se...=200121+525667
http://www.microcenter.com/search/se...=200121+484873

your board is very nice and will take an x6 and oc with no problems
the amd 1090t is about $160

adobe products will use the extra cores from x6 and everything will like the extra speed

what cpu cooler do you have?
 

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Originally Posted by ffejrxx;15356058
the intel i5 2500k +board would cost about $250-350 (microcenter combos)
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=200121+484964
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=200121+812289
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=200121+525667
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=200121+484873

the amd 1090t is about $160

adobe products will use the extra cores from x6 and everything will like the extra speed
He is using it "mainly" as a gaming rig. Where 6 cores will not matter. Also, yes Adobe will use the extra cores from an x6 processor, but the i5 will out perform it even in adobe aplications. Here are some Benches.

Which is why, in reality he should be Crossfiring for now and upgrading his CPU later down the road, maybe when Ivy or SB-E comes out or even after that! He will see the most benefit with Xfire than with a 1090T.

He can even sell his current GPU and get a better GPU, maybe a GTX 560ti/570 or a 6950/6970, this is probably what I would do. It will get rid of the multiple GPU situation with your AMD processor. Normally Xfire 6870's will beat a single 570 but the CPU might bottleneck the performance.
 

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I had same way. X3 720 unlocked. After i got x6 i realized that hardware outperformed soft. After i upgraded to ssd, the only reason now to upgrade is i want something new. But dont really need it.
 

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This has been my first post and you guys have some great quick feedback here. I think you are all kind of right. Add the 2nd 6870 for now for couple hundred. Then, see if my end of the year bonus comes through strong. Maybe re haul the board and chip after the new year. I'm sure we will know where Bulldozer and Ivy stand then.

I have been an AMD underdog fan since the beginning, Even if every server I build at work is Intel, and understandably for good reasons. AMD has never crossed me for bang for the buck........I just wish that i5 2500k would stop staring at me! lol

Oh, and I'm using a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 for my heatsink. Has worked out great for 30 bucks at the time.

If you guys have any other suggestions, just let me know
Thanks again.
 

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Hey guys, I just picked up the second 6870 and wow, I have never played games on everything full 8xaa and 16xaf. Brought some older games back to life. Been playing HL2 maxed everything on 1920x1080 getting 150+ fps and so smooth. I will try to give it some thing a little harder like Crysis or 2033 soon. All I have to say is, I think i'm set for another year until is it time something amazing comes out in the CPU market.
 

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Hey guys, I just picked up the second 6870 and wow, I have never played games on everything full 8xaa and 16xaf. Brought some older games back to life. Been playing HL2 maxed everything on 1920x1080 getting 150+ fps and so smooth. I will try to give it some thing a little harder like Crysis or 2033 soon. All I have to say is, I think i'm set for another year until is it time something amazing comes out in the CPU market.

Good deal man. 150 fps in HL2 eh? Overkill much?
 

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Get a new CPU, a 1090t like you said or a 975BE, the 1090t won't give you any benefit in games over a 4 core and the 975BE is clocked higher, unless you do video editing etc an X6 is not really needed.
 

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Flippin' Intel trolls, leave him alone man. 1090T sounds good.
 

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I would go with the 2500k unless you just really want a Thuban.

I like how FX-8150 isn't even being considered....
The op specifically mentioned those options, and that would require a motherboard update which for his needs, if he were to upgrade a motherboard it would make far more sense to get an i5. Seems pretty reasonable that that isnt being considered.

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