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Not sure if I should upgrade my cpu or crossfire my gpu

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July 6, 2013 10:24:46 PM

Im trying to get more performance out of my my rig by crossfiring but i also want to future proof my rig as much as possible and I am thinking on upgrading my phenom 965 with a 8350. so what i guess im i asking is weather or not it is best to crossfire 7850's or upgrade my 965.
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July 6, 2013 11:05:56 PM

The FX-8350 sucks.
Just crossfire with a 7850.

Depends which software/games you run.
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July 7, 2013 4:02:54 AM

First, what is the monitor/s resolution?
Second, if it's playing games/running software as you want it too, there's no need to upgrade.

Is that a unlocked 965 (965BE)? If so the first thing I would suggest is you look into overclocking it, it's an older chip but most current games really need a quad to run at their best and older games usually respond to higher CPU speeds.
Even if it is locked, it's still a useful gaming CPU, you'll need to aim higher for a replacement to gain any useful performance increases.
Crossfire has its own issues and a s a long standing AMD fanboy it pains me deeply to say this but: I really do n't think it's a good idea at this time.
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July 7, 2013 1:11:55 PM

coozie7 said:
First, what is the monitor/s resolution?
Second, if it's playing games/running software as you want it too, there's no need to upgrade.

Is that a unlocked 965 (965BE)? If so the first thing I would suggest is you look into overclocking it, it's an older chip but most current games really need a quad to run at their best and older games usually respond to higher CPU speeds.
Even if it is locked, it's still a useful gaming CPU, you'll need to aim higher for a replacement to gain any useful performance increases.
Crossfire has its own issues and a s a long standing AMD fanboy it pains me deeply to say this but: I really do n't think it's a good idea at this time.


I'm playing a 1600x900 @ 60hz and im trying to see improvements in games like arma 2&3 and I want to future proof my rig as much as possible within the next year because I'm in my senior year of high school right now and I know by the time i get to college im going to be broke as hell and wont be able to make any upgrades to it.
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July 7, 2013 9:07:42 PM

ARMA2 doesn't scale with SLI / CrossfireX.
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July 8, 2013 4:48:21 AM

At that resolution the 7850 should be fine for a while.
If you're going to playing a lot of games that are CPU intensive, (like ARMA) I'd suggest you get the fastest CPU you can get your hands on and the motherboard can support.
I'm no expert in CPUs so I'll suggest you open a thread in the CPU and component Forums as well as checking out the online reviews of any CPU you have in mind.
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July 8, 2013 9:00:26 AM

coozie7 said:
At that resolution the 7850 should be fine for a while.
If you're going to playing a lot of games that are CPU intensive, (like ARMA) I'd suggest you get the fastest CPU you can get your hands on and the motherboard can support.
I'm no expert in CPUs so I'll suggest you open a thread in the CPU and component Forums as well as checking out the online reviews of any CPU you have in mind.


Ya i was looking into this a little more and notice that in several game my phenom is holding me back. I was sifting through some benchmarks on some forums and found that with my graphics card paired with a 3570k people were getting 15-20 frames more than me on gta 4 and arma 2. so what i think i might upgrade to is a fx 8350 and over clock it to 5.0ghz which i heard is on pair with the 3570k on a lot of things and only a little bit behind it on some games if not right on par with it
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