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November 23, 2011 5:30:24 PM

Hi guys, i have a slight dilemma ......
I'm looking to upgrade my current set-up and i can't decide what should i get .... a cpu i7 980 3.33GHz (Gulftown) (Socket LGA1366) or 2 gfx cards, mainly 2 Ati hd 6950 or something similar .

My current specs' are:

i7920 over-clocked @ 3.4
2XAti hd 5870 running in x-fire -(2gb )
6gb ocz reaper ddr3 1600mhz ram
gigabyte Ex58-ud5 rev 1.0 motherboard
850w psu...

Thank you !

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November 23, 2011 5:38:53 PM

If its mostly for gaming get 2 new graphics cards, your current setup looks good to me. Why not wait a while for the next series of graphics cards?
November 23, 2011 7:43:41 PM

what problem are you having with your current set up? it should be handling everything atm. Only thing that I can see lacking would be clocking that cpu up to 4.0Ghz.
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November 24, 2011 10:54:49 AM

a gulftown would only show its colours when your running apps like 3dsmax. the rest of the time 2 cores will sit idle and you wont see any real performance gains in games. 2 gfx cards on the other hand would show quite an improvement on higher requirement games... personally i would go for the 2 card setup as your cpu is pretty good and will do 3.6-4.2ghz with cooling. which should be enough to hand both them cards. and any game.

although the x6 i7 is a great chip its very over priced for the performance you get. you can almost match it with a 2500k-2600k for a quarter of the money and can beat it on some apps that use x4 cores or less.

so no m8 i wouldnt go spending all that cash on the cpu, for very little performance gain.
November 24, 2011 11:29:10 AM

Yeah I'd definitely go with the the Xfire if you definitely want to get something but I agree wtih Bumnut53; you might as well just wait till the next series since you can run everything for now.