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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Anath, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Anath New Member

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    Hey guys so i am looking into building a new computer for windows 7/dx11 cards. Unfortunately, I will not have the funds to build a new computer. So my question is should i upgrade my cpu to a core i7 920? Or does my processor still have enough juice left to not cause a bottleneck if i go for the new dx11 cards from ati when the come out?

    my current system:
    e6750 @ 3.2ghz
    4gb patriot ram
    sapphire 4850x2
    750 watt pcpc
    gigabyte p35 ds3r
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    wait for i7 8XX
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Yeah, you're system is pretty solid as it is.
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    so do you think my e6750 @ 3.2 will bottleneck the 5870x2 when it comes out?
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    not only that but almost anything will be bottlenecked by that. but your pc is fine now. i would upgrade to i5 when it comes out
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    No at 3.2 ghz it won't bottle neck a new GPU. Of course a new cpu will help but that cpu at 3.2ghz should produce good frame rates with any video card.
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    Well you have a 775 mobo now a i7 is a 1366 Cpu, so no chance for upgrade unless you do mobo and Cpu...anyways ur fine with what you got
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    Dont forget DDR3;)
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    Yea thats why i was either considering upgrading my cpu to the i7/i5 or upgrading my gpu to a 5k series. Which would give me better results do you think?
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    You can always pickup a single 4850 to go along with the X2. Oh and take a peak into the AM3 builds, you could migrate to a new proc and board and keep your same ram if you wish.
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    4890/5850 depends on if you want wait
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    I say to you this. Any Dual core at 4.0Ghz will bottle neck a 4870-4850x2 and up.
    Now i would wait for p55 boards. Im planing on either getting a i3-i5, just waiting to see how things play out for them. Basicly im headed for some ddr3, Top air cooling, 32nm proc. I would suggest a Phenom II 940-955 a xtreme hpase asus board, xiggy heatsink, and some 60-40 dollar sticks of DDR3 ram. I would get the 955 to 3.9Ghz :). OR wait for sata 3 p55 boards with 32nm rape overclocking chips with ddr3 to :). Just get a 5800 something, I probable get there single fastest card setup :).
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    Yea i was defintely looking at the am3 brings for their price/performance but when i look at the tests by tpu and other sites the i7 just seems to wipe the floor with amd's proc's.
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    The video card will give you better gaming results than the cpu, period.
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    For gaming i5 will be the way to go.
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    yea, i'd definitely wait and see what i5 can do, which according to "released" previews that hopefully are somewhat accurate. the i5 will perform very close to that of current i7. I myself just sold my HD 4870 to save for an HD 5870 along with an i5/p55/ddr3 build. gonna take some time but i'm saving till probly oct time and then purchasing.

    As for your CPU bottlenecking, i definitely think it would bottleneck an HD 5870x2 as results have already shown that the c2d e8X00 series bottlenecks multi-gpu's so your CPU will definitely bottleneck a next gen multi-gpu. I'd personally save and see what the very soon to be released hardware can do and see comparison to your current performance.
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    if it produces playable frame rates then it's not bottle necked.
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    ok let me refrase. Anath, your CPU will keep an HD 5870x2 or any current multi-gpu setup from the maximum potential performance it could provide. lol
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    I believe a I7920 at 4.0 ghz will produce a few higher frames than a Qx9650 at 4.0ghz with the same video card but is that a bottle neck? If a cpu gives you decent frame rates with any video card it's fine and his cpu is fine for now, a better gpu is way more important, even more so as the resolution gets higher.
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    Who cares, as long as it still maxes everything at playable framerates? The only thing effected would be benches.
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    Thats all i care about...cuz right now my card does a pretty good job at all the current games, however i have noticed when i max out the games my card isnt performing as well as it used too. It looks like i will wait to see what the i5 can do and see if i can get both a new i5 cpu, motherboard, ddr3, with the new 5k i want to buy. Thanks a lot guys!
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    i don't know if i going to confused you but i say x58 with core i7 920 right now will be best chose like news say about i9 seems x58 will be stand up for a long time and you find best performance with x58 with overclocking core i7
    or you can switch to AMD , phenom II 955 with good mobo will be cool and i see better than i5 idea
    last thing i want to say "if you don't have big jump for score better stay on ground" so you have good system right now and no need to change it
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    Looks can be deceiving. If your on budget you'll be better of buying a good AM3 mobo, CPU and RAM. Whilest the I7 is a awesome CPU its pricetag is still on the hefty side. Not to mention the 1366 motherboards.
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Your system is already great for gaming, 4850 X2 is a great GPU.
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