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Is it time to upgrade to Core i7 or will prices fall soon?

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November 9, 2009 4:51:12 PM

I currently am running a q6600 cpu on a 750i mobo with two gtx 260's running in sli. It offers a decent amount of power but I recently upgraded my monitor to the dell 3008wfp so now my pc has to play games at 2560x1600. I am worried that my current setup may struggle with newer game titles. Ive looked around for some deals and i found that i can get a new x58 tri sli mobo, a core i7 920, 6 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a third gtx 260 all new for $775. Not cheap but its reasonable if it can offer a lot better performance. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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November 9, 2009 5:04:23 PM

Do you have your Q6600 overclocked???

If you do to lets say...3.2ghz, then it wont have a problem running games for awhile, given that you get a DX11 card.

If i were you i'd be tempted to sell those 260's and buy a ati 58xx series they do very well at 2560x1600 or wait on nvidia to release their G300 series cards.

A core i7 is very good when you have crossfire or Sli, but I dnt think ull notice much differance in games with your Q6600

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November 9, 2009 5:07:11 PM

The cpu you currently have is more than powerful enough to run anything you want right now. What you should really look into more powerful gpus.

GTX 260 are nice cpus but at those resolutions, they tend to struggle to give good frame rates. What you should do is either SLI 2 GTX 285 or wait until nvidia brings out the GT 300 series card sometime next year.

Now if you want to be sure your future games can run on your computer then you could go after 2 gtx 295 although each one is $500. Costing 1k$ total.
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November 9, 2009 5:11:58 PM

Rustyy117 said:
Do you have your Q6600 overclocked???

If you do to lets say...3.2ghz, then it wont have a problem running games for awhile, given that you get a DX11 card.

If i were you i'd be tempted to sell those 260's and buy a ati 58xx series they do very well at 2560x1600 or wait on nvidia to release their G300 series cards.

A core i7 is very good when you have crossfire or Sli, but I dnt think ull notice much differance in games with your Q6600


Normally i would say ATI 58xx series would be a good chose althogh not in this case. Cant do CF on this motherboard so frame rates would be only a little bit higher than his SLI 260's
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November 9, 2009 5:20:27 PM

Hmmm..... I disagree, I think a 5870 will do extremely well at 2560x1600, but maybe not in the future.So you could change mobo and go crossfire or wait on G300 series, really your looking for a card that has alot of memory atleast 1gb, but 2gb would be great like the 4870x2 or a 4890 with 2gb.
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November 9, 2009 5:22:32 PM

Rustyy117 said:
Hmmm..... I disagree, I think a 5870 will do extremely well at 2560x1600, but maybe not in the future.So you could change mobo and go crossfire or wait on G300 series, really your looking for a card that has alot of memory atleast 1gb, but 2gb would be great like the 4870x2 or a 4890 with 2gb.

As far as I know the Radeon HD 4870 X2s only come in a 2x 1GB model (which equates to a 1GB frame buffer even though the total onboard RAM is 2GB).
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November 9, 2009 5:34:06 PM

From what I've read the core 2 quads although quite powerful will bottleneck anything beyond 260's in SLI. Is this true? I like the idea of waiting for the G300 series. Any idea when they will be released? Would it be a better idea to just wait til the G300 series is released and do a completely new build with new GPU, CPU, etc... thanks guys for the great input so far.
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November 9, 2009 5:36:53 PM

Rustyy117 said:
Do you have your Q6600 overclocked???

If you do to lets say...3.2ghz, then it wont have a problem running games for awhile, given that you get a DX11 card.

If i were you i'd be tempted to sell those 260's and buy a ati 58xx series they do very well at 2560x1600 or wait on nvidia to release their G300 series cards.

A core i7 is very good when you have crossfire or Sli, but I dnt think ull notice much differance in games with your Q6600


I am seriously impressed by what I have read of the 5870's but I am having trouble finding them available online. They seem to be sold out everywhere. Does anyone know where they might be available?
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November 9, 2009 6:42:24 PM

At 2560x1600 you won't have any trouble with a Q6600, CPU bottlenecks are mostly present at lower resolutions

stock is insanly low, maybe try ebay. or if you can wait until Q1 2010 you'd get a good deal (ATi vs nVidia price wars hopefully)
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November 9, 2009 7:06:55 PM

Rustyy117 said:
At 2560x1600 you won't have any trouble with a Q6600, CPU bottlenecks are mostly present at lower resolutions

stock is insanly low, maybe try ebay. or if you can wait until Q1 2010 you'd get a good deal (ATi vs nVidia price wars hopefully)


I just found a 5870 at tigerdirect.com for $399. I am tempted but I think waiting is always a wise decision when it comes to upgrades, as prices always come down as new tech is released. I should be okay with my current setup for another couple months. I will OC my CPU like you suggested to get a few more fps in my games. Maybe ATI will release a 5870x2. That would be amazing.
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November 9, 2009 7:29:38 PM

yeah they are going to soon, i think its called the 5970 for some reason, but yeah look out for it.

$399 isnt a bad price, but you have 2 GTX260's so theres really no rush, the smart money would go on waiting 3 months, my money would go on 2x 5850's lol!
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