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October 25, 2010 1:57:06 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my PC. I know my next definite upgrade is an XFX Raedon HD 6870 :D  . But I was wondering if I should get more RAM and TV tuner, cause I'm relying on my intergrated graphics right now and it's affecting my RAM performance. Or a SSD.

Specs:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 560 (unlocked and oc'ed to a X4 970)
RAM: Mushkin DDR3 1333mhz 4gb(2GBx2) oc'ed to 1600MHz
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Mobo: Asus M4A88TD-M USB3 Pro
GPU: Intergrated HD 4250
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W
ODD: Asus BC-08B1LT Blu-ray Drive

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 25, 2010 2:05:10 AM

You don't need more RAM for gaming, you increased the latencies by OCing the RAM - revert back to 1333 - latencies are more important.

Nice job on that CPU, I think you owe some money to AMD. :) 
You overclocked on the stock HSF?

You can wait a couple of weeks for a custom cooling HD 6870.


October 25, 2010 2:16:05 AM

If the stock HSF is an old one from a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+, then yes :D . And thanks, the CPU was a little touchy at first, but I got it just right. Made it 2 days on Prime95 before the parents had me turn off my computer. And I shall revert the RAM back to 1333MHz. And what do you mean custom cooling HD 6870?
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 25, 2010 2:54:00 AM

On this page the VisionTek is standard cooling (the original cooling that's at launch), the rest are custom cooling (better cooling, less noise usually)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

That cooler is rather weak for an unlocked CPU AND overclocked, it's not designed to take all that heat for long, remove the overclock until you get an aftermarket HSF.

October 25, 2010 3:01:48 AM

Alright. And the HSF actually keeps it at a max of 53C. It's pretty strong.
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