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December 15, 2010 2:35:41 AM

Hello all :hello:  :hello: 

I've just bought a brand new Pc from a very nice shop near me, and I was wondering would the Phenom II x4 965 run well with a 5870 card or would it bottleneck and if it does by how much.

Also how well would this set-up work in games like COD: black ops, Starcraft II ect..

lastly would i need to replace the 5870 any time soon?

Specs:

Kingston 4GB 1333 MHz
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 motherboard
620Watt Seasonic
Samsung 32mb/7200rpm


THANKS! :bounce:  :bounce: 

BTW I'll be getting the Pc next week




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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 2:41:49 AM

Your processor is fine for current games and adequate for any card you might want to buy. The HD6950 was just released and should be a better choice than the HD5870 for the same price($300.)
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December 15, 2010 2:46:45 AM

So, did I screw myself by buying 5870?
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 3:15:37 AM

Possibly, yes :D  Just kidding, You will be fine with that card, but the 6950 would have been better. Don't worry, it's not the end of the world, you can still play games :) 
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 4:18:34 AM

No the HD5870 is still a great card. You just could have done slightly better for money. With the reviews out now the HD6950 is only very slightly more powerful than the HD5870. It does have some other advantages like a bit more current A/V features, better crossfire scaling and it should overclock better but it's nothing to be that upset about(assuming you got the HD5870 for about $300.)
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 4:28:34 AM

The 5870 is still a kick-ass card! The 6950 is slightly better, but that doesn't mean that the 5870 is crap.

There are so many GPU options available today that people buy a card and end up thinking "man, that one may have been better". It ain't like that. The 5870 ruled the block for a good while. Rest assured, there will be something new which will be better than the 6950. That's the deal with technology.

So don't fret, my friend.....your rig is good enough to max many game out.
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 4:30:57 AM

jyjjy said:
It does have some other advantages like .............., better crossfire scaling and it should overclock better but it's nothing to be that upset about(assuming you got the HD5870 for about $300.)



In this case, his mobo doesn't support crossfire, so he's alright on losing that advantage. That was the first thing I was gonna post, but then I saw his mobo. :) 

Rest, I'm in humble agreement!
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December 15, 2010 7:52:37 AM

Cool, Thanks Guys!

One thing, i mixed up the storage its only 5400pm =(
I would think it wouldn't wreck my set-up, will it?

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December 15, 2010 7:56:16 AM

jyjjy said:
No the HD5870 is still a great card. You just could have done slightly better for money. With the reviews out now the HD6950 is only very slightly more powerful than the HD5870. It does have some other advantages like a bit more current A/V features, better crossfire scaling and it should overclock better but it's nothing to be that upset about(assuming you got the HD5870 for about $300.)


Yep I got it for $ 330 aus, so thats good :D 
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 8:08:11 AM

5400rpm is kind of slow for a main drive. That speed should mostly be used for storage drives. It won't be THAT bad but it will be a bit sluggish comparatively with tasks that need to read/write a lot of data.
What you may want to consider actually is a small solid state drive for the operating system and frequently used applications. They aren't too expensive these days and really speed things up even compared to 7200rpm drives.
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