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November 2, 2010 6:38:50 PM

I play tf2 competatively, and this build is solely for this game. I may play some new dx11 games later, and so I'd like to get a new dx11 gpu


Now then, since their is no benchmarks for this game, I need some recommendations for cpus that I should get for my next build. It'll be an eyefinity / nvidia surround - 3 monitor build. The resolution should be slightly more than 4800x900 w/ bezel management (3 1600x900 monitors)


The cpu will get the water treatment and will be overclocked to 4ghz.



What I'm considering is the i5 750 or the phenom II x6 1090t.


Does tf2 even benefit from a 6-core cpu? And, I know intel's i5 performs better, but at 4ghz, will it really make a difference? There won't be any turbo boost or w/e intel uses to make it perform better since that interrupts overclocking.


All I need is 60 fps in the game as that's the limit on my monitors, so, if the phenom gives me 120 fps, and intel's 150fps, then I'd go with the phenom as I won't see a difference







For the gpu, which will also be water cool'd, I'm looking for a crossfire / sli set up. This one was pretty simple considering what's currently on the market at the moment.

I'm probably going to chose crossfire'd 5770s or gtx 460 1gbs. But again, if one gives me 120fps, and the other 150fps, I'd go with the 120fps =)



Thanks . I've been building computers for years and I'm only asking since tf2 is pretty much the only game I play seriously and because their isn't any benchmarks on this game since, I suppose, it doesn't scale well.
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November 2, 2010 7:15:11 PM

valve games are dual core optimized so the i5 would be a much better choice then the phenom II x6...in fact its a better CPU in 3+ core optimized game.

here are the benchmarks for LFD maxed out at 2560x1600p. both LFD and TF2 use the source engine. I would go with a GTX460 SLI or ATI 6850 CF set up to go with the i5-750.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU/104
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November 3, 2010 1:38:36 AM

Go with the phenom II X4 970. This cpu is better than the 6 core for gaming and costs less.
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November 3, 2010 1:47:14 AM

I'm pretty sure x6s are very nice overclockers
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November 3, 2010 1:53:56 AM

I cant remember the thread but, there is a comparison between the two cpu's and the 970 had better marks for gaming.
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November 4, 2010 7:03:30 AM

i will go with the i5 and two gtx 460 1gbs as nvidea is awesum at dx 11 thanks to tesselation and on and on you also get the benefit of 3-d and the i5 cos the 6 corer dosent have a chance and it will also be upgradable onec the I5 SB comes out
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