Radeon 5970 on a Q8200 2.33 ghz 8gb RAM

I am bout to upgrade my video card from my current setup : 2x 4850's in crossfire.
Looking to upgrade to the radeon 5970.
With my Processor at Core2Quad Q8200 2.33Ghz with 8Ghz ram, should i get it? Will there be a significant bottleneck? Will the price of the card drop and if yes, when?
Need professional feedback b4 i shell out $625
im a hardcore gamer.
And also i am willing to upgrade my processor to a Core2Extreme.
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  1. No, you will experience significant bottlenecks with a Q8x00 quad at stock, and still even if it is overclocked.

    You essentially need an i5, i7, or a top level PhenomII or C2Q 9x00 series to use the 5970 effectively.

    A 5970 is equivalent to 2 underclocked 5870s/GTX295s, which in turn is equal to 4 under clocked 4870s.

    You should:
    1. Overclock your CPU to around 2.5 or 2.6GHz
    2. Get a 5870 (a 5870 is equal to 2x4870s)
  2. Also, you don't need a 5970 unless you have 3 monitors. A 5870 already maxes out any game at 1080p, and can play Crysis maxed out with lowered AA at 1080p.

    The very expensive GPUs depreciate in value very quickly as well...
  3. I agree about the 5970, but a 5870 doesn't max out Crysis with 1080p.
  4. The 5870 doesn't max Crysis out, but it will get you over 30fps with Very High and lowered anti aliasing at 1080p.
  5. 30 fps isn't exactly what most would call playable. You generally have a much better experience at High settings with 4x AA.
  6. You guys are missing the point quibbling over Crisis frame rates. The OP is contemplating combining a top end video card with a low-end quad core CPU.

    Should he? My thought s are , "No." The Q8200 family tend to be poor overclockers. I think the best that he'd get out oof it is around 3.0 GHz. 2.8 GHz would be more typical. Upgrading to a Q9550 should get you around 3.6 - 3.8 GHz. But YMMV. That'd be worth it.

    My recommendation is to keep what you have and start saving for a new system.
  7. What about Radeon 5970 + Q9550 2,8 @ 3,8 Ghz ?
  8. what about Radeon 5970 + Q9550 2.8 oc @ 3,8 ?
  9. sorry for double post !!!!
  10. Bluescreendeath said:
    Also, you don't need a 5970 unless you have 3 monitors. A 5870 already maxes out any game at 1080p...

    Anonymous said:
    I agree about the 5970, but a 5870 doesn't max out Crysis with 1080p.


    See he said game, not overly hyped benchmark.
  11. You dnt need a HD5970 unless your using more than 1 monitor or a monitor with a res. of 2560 x 1600.

    If I were you I'd buy a 5850/5870 and use the rest of the money towards a i5/i7 system.
  12. i cant overclock my q8200, when i increase the FSB even by 1 the whole system locks up and i need to reset my bios.
  13. jeffreyyliu said:
    i cant overclock my q8200, when i increase the FSB even by 1 the whole system locks up and i need to reset my bios.



    What's ur chipset and mobo?

    As for the question you should get a HD 5850, don't waste your money on a 5970 except if you have a monster of a monitor or wanna run eyefinity
    That cpu won't be much of a bottleneck for 5850 even @ stock unless you're gaming on a extra low res (800x600, 1024x768)

    Oh, you said you wanna upgrade to core 2 extreme. DON'T waste your money on it! LGA775 is a dead socket for upgrade. You'll be way off better buying Core i5/P55 platform;)
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