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January 16, 2011 3:28:16 PM

Hello guys..this is my computer:
- Intel core 2 quad q9550
- Gigabyte EP45T-USB3P
- (04) OCZ high performance DDR3 1600 2 mb
- Visiontek Radeon HD 4870 x2
- Western Digital Velociraptor 300 Gb
- Screen: Asus VW 266H 1920 x 1200
- Windows 7 ultimate ed. 64 . DirectX 11.0
- Internet conexion cable ultra Optimum
I play all the time Call of Duty Black Ops Multiplayer at 1920 x 1200...getting a 60 FPS. I'm trying to put some money in my computer (like 500 dollars) to get a little bit more performance in my game. I think (maybe I'm wrong) I should get more from my video card. I don't know if my CPU is not enough to get the max from my video card...I was thinking maybe to change my CPU to the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Thuban 3.3GHz with new Mobo....or maybe a new intel CPU (i5 or i7).....another idea was to get another 4870 x2 and crossfire both...but I read probably don't help me too much. Or get a SDD; but I don't know if is going to help me. I never OC my CPU...I don't know how to do it but maybe that can help me?.....I read a lot but more I read...more confused I finish....so I ask you guys for your advice so I can get more performance for my game. Thanks for your time and your help.
Dagobah4

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January 16, 2011 3:45:13 PM

Be content with what you have (which is plenty good btw) for now.. Especially since you are happy with the performance.. If you are desperately looking to invest into your PC then get a good CPU cooler and overclock.. Other areas to spend on maybe a good case and/or PSU..
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January 16, 2011 3:45:31 PM

If you are upgrading for more speed your best bet is Sandy bridge, maybe I5 2500K with a p67 board. Your GPU is still very powerful and should handle your resolution just fine. A SSD for OS is not a bad idea either.
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January 16, 2011 4:05:34 PM

I have the Antec 900 but when I check the HW monitor I can see T between 39 (102) and 47 (116) C (F) in my cores...It's that ok?...I have the Zalman CNPS9700 ball CPU cooling. My PSU is a 800 watts. In my case I use my computer just for video game online. (black ops to be more specific). I don't do anything else.....so what else can I do to have better performance in my game?....(beside to practice more...lol)
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January 16, 2011 4:13:34 PM

Your temps are fine! The new Sandy Bridge (for a reasonable price) is the fastest gaming platform at the moment. Your GPU still ranks as tier 2 gaming card http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... Two of them in CF have been troublesome to many and probably would be held back by your CPU.
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January 16, 2011 4:27:10 PM

I check the sandy bridge CPU and I like the Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) for 209 dollars in newegg. And for the Mobo I see a lot of p67 but I notice the difference is how many PCI express 2.0 x 16 slots they have. Because you recommend me to use only one 4870 x2 card...I guess my best option is a mobo with one or two slots....Am I right?....Asus or Gigabyte?
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January 16, 2011 4:59:24 PM

I personally would get the Asus P8P67 Pro it will do CF or SLI at 8x8 (you never know what happens later). This one on the other hand will do CF or SLI at 16x16 for a price premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Going for the 2500K over the 2500 will give you unlocked CPU for overclocking.
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January 16, 2011 5:18:24 PM

Best answer selected by dagobah4.
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January 16, 2011 5:18:40 PM

thanks for your help....
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