I am on a budget. I am upgrading from an Athlon 64 x2 5400 Dual core to the linked CPU. Also upgrading to a Radeon HD 6870 from an old 3870. First off, will that HS/fan cool the CPU enough to OC to 3.4-3.6? And, is the 6870 still a viable choice for say MW3/BF3?
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In order to make video card recommendations, we need to know your resolution. Is the HD 6870 a viable choice? Sure, but it depends on your resolution and if you want to crank up the eye candies.
At 1080p and higher if you want to max out BF3 your looking at a GTX 570 or 580, possibly an HD 6970.
The cooler is sufficient, but I would not count on it for a significant OC. Go for the Hyper 212+ for 3.6Ghz.
Yea, I just got a 27" monitor and plan to try to run at 1080P. I don't 100% need it. I'm not that worried about it. The 212+ on the other can I can definitely do. $10 more is nothing if its going to keep my CPU cool. It also has the double fan ability, which I will more than likely take advantage of, even if it's not that much better.
Edit: Oh and I am asking because I want more than just 2.8g, so should I just get that 3.0 Zosma, and OC to like 3.2? Or does it have the same OCing problems as the first mentioned cpu?
Edit 2: Sorry lol, also, if its 3.0 and I go to 3.2-3.4 would I absolutely need an aftermarket cooler, or would the stock HSfan be enough? My current cpu is running at like 53-55 just surfing the web. Been getting hotter, I think it's stock fan is actually giving out.