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  1. ibhappy New Member

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    Where will I get the most bang for my buck for gaming:

    going from a E6300 to a Q6600 ($100 upgrade)

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    going from a 4850 to a 4870X2 ($166 upgrade)

    Thanks!
     
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    Going from a 4850 to a GTX460 or HD6850 (150$ if you sell HD4850)
     
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    Depends on your use and what resolution you game at.
     
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    wow the ancient good e6300 well games beginning to use quadcore more and more, i say u need both upgrades but just dont take the 4870x2 its just too power hungry and old take new 6850[2xfaster than 4850] 6870 or the 460 also options here
     
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    2 x 24" displays at 1920 x 1080.
     
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    How about getting a whole new system altogether then?
     
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    Going to need to do both tbh. Maybe sell one of your LCD's, pickup a 2nd 4850 or gtx460 and above, then use your funds for a quad.
     
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    HD6870 (Eyefinity) + Quad Core will do good on that res.
     
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    Nah, just want to upgrade the E6300 and 4850.
     
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    This is a nice suggestion too. Plus a single GTX460 is enough for gaming at 1080P and the extra cash from the LCD will get you a Quad Core CPU.
     
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    The board doesn't support crossfire.
     
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    Suggestion still applies. :)
     
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    Which GTX460, there seems to be multiple versions.
     
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    1GB non-se, but se is still pretty good.
     
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    GTX 460 1GB (NON-SE). Get from one of the following:

    1- Gigabyte SOC GTX 460 1GB
    2- MSI GTX 460 1GB HAWK
    3- Sparkle Calibre X460 1GB
     
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    Definitely go with the Q6600 over the 4870x2. A more modern graphics card would be a much better investment as others have mentioned.

    I personally have 3 year old Q6600 that still runs fine, and haven't looked at a dual core since.
     
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    Depends on which games.

    But Ide imagine the 4870x2 upgrade giving you more FPS.
     
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    Get the quad and bump it up to at least 3 ghz (probably wont even need a voltage change), then start working on the card. You could really use both.
     
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    would be better if you could upgrade to q9550
     
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    If you're getting a Q6600, get the SLACR stepping. They overclock like you wouldn't believe. If your games are CPU bound rather than GPU bound with your current setup, then getting one of these and overclocking the hell out of it might solve more issues than a video card upgrade.
     
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    But if he's CPU bound, the FPS won't go up as much as it could with a faster CPU. He has to determine whether the games he is playing are more limited by his CPU or his GPU but upgrading the CPU will help whatever GPU he ultimately decides on to deliver higher framerates. A faster GPU paired with a CPU that can't keep up is no better than if he goes with a slower card that merely matches the speed of the CPU because the additional GPU power will never be used.
     
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    Video editing of game play is slow. I assume that's a CPU issue?
     
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    Unsure of what you meant. If you are video editing you are going to want a quad.
     
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    The GTX 460 is a really beautiful card!!
    i have the 1GB version of it and i love it :D
     
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    yea sell those old cpu and gpu ..
    and
    get a q6600
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    gpu - msi gtx cyclone gtx 460 1gb ...I used this one ...nice cooling and superb performance
     

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