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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.


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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.

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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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