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What will give me better performance than 2 ATI 3870 in CF

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  1. Hello,

    I was just about to upgrade my system before I decided to swap my cards around and upgrade to Windows 7.

    My setup is a Intel DX38BT (latest BIOS), 2 GB DDR PC 1333, and an E8400. I have two ATI 3870's 512mb running in CF. I went after my Windows 7 Upgrade and a swap of the two cards in their slots, from 40 FPS in WoW to 110 FPS. Should I bother to upgrade to a 5830 or should I just wait now until the 5850 and 5870 come down in price.
  2. It is enough, my curiosity at this point is should I really be seeing that big of a jump just from windows 7 and being able to use DX 10 also going from 32 bit to 64 bit. My system is dated to about 2007/2008 and it just seems weird that its pumping that much power still. What am I looking at if I was to go to a single 5830. Will I get lower performance but gains elsewhere or what?
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    I wouldnt recommend a 5830 to my worst enemy, its just not worth it. If you want to see a big jump in performance get a 5850 or greater. The 5830's are crippled 5850's with a crazy price-tag. If you can get one for under 200.00$ then I say go ahead, if not get a 5850.

    For WoW I would stick with what you have, buying a new GPU for that specific game is not worth it. If you were getting 50 frames or lower then a new GPU would be a great upgrade, for now you are fine. Do you play any other games besides WoW?
  4. Not consistently right now. I have been a big FPS player in the past (COD MW and MW2) and also Halflife. But I have been doing more of those games on consoles and sticking to the MMO world on my PC.

    What about sticking to just upgrading my other components. E8400 to a AMD II Phenom x6 and a DX38bt to an MSI 890FX and 2gb DDR3 PC1333 to 4gb DDR3 PC1600?

    Or am I simply in a place where I should run this rig into the ground.
  5. For WoW the above hardware that you posted is overkill. An x4 will be more than enough for any game that is currently out.

    What will you do with your current hardware if you do decide to upgrade?
  6. I might sell it....I could replace the equipment in my htpc...I could set up a windows server some of my windows development I have been monkeying with. There are options but I suppose I shouldn't spend money if I don't need to.

    Thanks for all the advice. As much as I want to upgrade so far everything I have read points to there not being a point yet.
  7. Simrin said:
    I might sell it....I could replace the equipment in my htpc...I could set up a windows server some of my windows development I have been monkeying with. There are options but I suppose I shouldn't spend money if I don't need to.

    Thanks for all the advice. As much as I want to upgrade so far everything I have read points to there not being a point yet.


    I say keep what you got, you can always sell your current GPU's and get a single 5xxx series later on if needed. The E8400 is superb, overclocks very well.
  8. Hrm I was never able to get it to overclock with any stability. I tried to do some minor OC to stick with stock cooling since I heard the cooling unit shipped with it was very good but I got horrible results out of it.

    With my current components can you give me some ideas of what tools and and what numbers I should target for some stable overclocking?
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  10. Simrin said:
    Hrm I was never able to get it to overclock with any stability. I tried to do some minor OC to stick with stock cooling since I heard the cooling unit shipped with it was very good but I got horrible results out of it.

    With my current components can you give me some ideas of what tools and and what numbers I should target for some stable overclocking?


    I will help you out with your CPU once I get home from work.

    For now read this thread/guide so you can get an idea of what you need to do.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259899-29-core-overclocking-guide
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