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May 11, 2010 12:57:06 AM

Hello,

I have just purchased a second 4850 for my rig and I was wondering if my e8400@ 3,6 would be bottlenecking the crossfire.

Would a quad-core improve my fps in games ( and in GTAV specifically)?

Is it better to save some money and go with an q9400 or is i5 750 way better? What about Phenom, will they get more fps because of the combination AMD/ATI?

I´m gaming in 1080p resolution

my rig:

E8400 cooled by Noctua NH-U12P
Asus P5Q-E chipset P45
Corsair TX850W
His Iceq4 4850 + Sapphire 4850 in crossfire
2x gskill 1000 ddr2 2g
2x 320g seagate barracuda in raid 0
500g maxtor for storage

I did'n want to spend more than US500, please help!
a b B Homebuilt system
May 11, 2010 3:00:32 AM

Your e8400 won't bottleneck your Crossfire setup in any game that isn't CPU (quad-core) dependant like GTAV. It is actually a very good gaming processor. If your motherboard will support the Q9550, the Q9550 will be your best upgrade option. Running GTAV is very CPU dependant, which will be much happier with a quad-core. The Q9550 is the best bang for the buck on the LGA 775 socket... IMO

In the end, you can look to spend roughly $250 for a Q9550 or keep with the e8400 and save up until you can afford a new i5/i7 or AM3 build. You are looking at close at $500 or more for your CPU, RAM and MOBO for a good Crossfire setup.

example
Core i5 750 - $200
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $190
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas 7 (blue version) - $119
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 11, 2010 3:15:25 AM

Like Tecmo said or go AMD 955 the Q9550 is 280 at newegg, not worth it IMO on that EOL socket



GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128435
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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• 1 year: $17.99
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$139.99
$129.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231303
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$119.99
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808
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Subtotal: $409.97


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a b B Homebuilt system
May 11, 2010 3:37:50 AM

And then sell your mobo/cpu as a set on ebay and the RAM separately.


If for some reason you wanted to spend the extra money to go intel again, keep in mind that any motherboard you buy will be yesterday's news next year sometime.
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May 11, 2010 7:56:26 PM

Thank you for the reply!
I think I´ll wait a little more and then get an Phenom, it seems the best bang for the buck.

Thanks!
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May 11, 2010 7:57:38 PM

Best answer selected by luccha.
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