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March 10, 2011 4:06:27 PM

I have a question regarding the recent release of Dragon Age 2. According to many threads around various sites there are many people complaining about the Direct X 11 performance issues (hopefully bad coding support by Bioware, not user hardware related)!

I plan to upgrade a few things in my system to accommodate my new 1920x1080 24" monitor, seeing as my Dragon Age/Dragon age 2 performance is sketchy on max settings, at best.

Current System
- 450W thermaltake black widow psu
- 4GB Gskill 4x1GB DDR2 Ram
- EVGA 9800GTX+ (stock settings)
- Phenom II x2 550 3.2GHz stock (overclocked at 3.7GHz currently)
-Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P Mobo
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I would like to upgrade my psu (currently 450w) / cpu / gpu not just for DA:2, but just cuz.

What PSU wattage would be needed in order for the following upgrades, and with these upgrades below, will i be able to max everything out 1080p smooth as butta ? :) 

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
Radeon HD 6870
a c 125 U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 9:31:55 PM

If it's mostly for gaming, I would actually suggest the Phenom II X4 965 because for whatever reason the X6 performs worse for most games. But, it won't be a big difference and the X6 shows nice gains in other areas.

600W would be a good amount, I agree, although to be honest even a 500W would be "sufficient". However, it would rule out crossfire so I'd go with 600W+.

The 6870 will not play the game maxed out at 1080p. But it is a good card so it'll do well. DA2 runs at around 50fps for me with two OCed 5850s, all settings max.
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 9:48:26 PM

lol vtec

Wolf's right. If you're looking to max out settings (I tend to answer only the questions given to me, and never read into people's setups), then a 6870 might not be enough.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 9:59:15 PM

like others have stated, the phenom II x4 will give you the same gaming performance as the x6. so save the extra cash or spend it on a CPU cooler.

as for PSU, any 500w from antec, seasonic, corsair, enermax, silverstone is more then enough for your future set up. you won't even break 325w total system power on a stress test, gaming will be at 300w or under

Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 920 (Overclocked @ 3.70GHz)
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 9-9-9-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)


right now newegg has a great bargain on the antec TP 650w & enermax 500w ($30 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

budget options
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 11, 2011 12:53:18 AM

thank you all a lot for the suggestions, your answers are much appreciated :) 

I think i'll go with the antec BP550 Plus 550W for $65, it seems rock solid.

What I'm still confused about is the graphics card I should get in order to max out DA:2 and Skyrim (in the near future) at 1080p with DX11??? I was reading that the radeon 6850 would be able to do that but not too sure now from what some of you said :( 

any suggestions on vid cards? Oh and I guess i'll upgrade to the phenom ii x4 965 BE from my current phenom ii x2 550 BE
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 12:57:22 AM

have you tried to unlock the phenom II x2? also try the phenom II 955, cheaper then the 965 with equal performance.
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March 11, 2011 1:08:15 AM

mine is one of the unfortunate x2's that wont unlock :/ , checked many a time
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a c 125 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 1:10:16 AM

If you want to max it out at 1080p you'll need at least a 570/580 or 6970, or else CF 6870/SLI 560.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 1:28:12 AM

the amd 6870 is $210 on newegg. it will handle DA2 just fine. otherwise try the gtx 460 1gb (a good step up from the old 9800GTX)
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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 9:32:54 AM

GTX 460/HD 6850/70 - all will handle Dragon Age 2 and most of other games @ 1080p
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March 11, 2011 10:51:53 AM

Get a GTX 560Ti or a Radeon 6950. My 2c. Get atleast a 500 watt PSU, Corsair, Antec or even OCZ.
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March 11, 2011 10:58:34 AM

I'm actually playing DA2 right now on a 470gtx w an old core2duo 3.4ghz on high settings and its pretty smooth.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 10:59:12 AM

ct1615's power graph is a bit misleading, furmark doesn't put any load on cpu, so you might wanna add like 100w on top of that for worst case scenario.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 11:51:11 AM

Kari said:
ct1615's power graph is a bit misleading, furmark doesn't put any load on cpu, so you might wanna add like 100w on top of that for worst case scenario.


seriously, don't post any more because you are a total idiot.

1. furmark does stress the CPU
2. you are a complete idiot
3. even if it did stress the CPU, the CPU would not take up another 100w. not even close
4. you are a complete idiot
5. to further prove you are a complete idiot here is another chart using crysis (even less power then furmark) and then (furmark)

P.S. you are complete idiot


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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 12:29:03 PM

a stress test is worst case scenario. learn to understand what a stress test and how it operates :lol: 
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 12:31:45 PM

even if you did add 100w for the CPU (because CPU's run idle during stress tests and use no power :pfff:  ) that would still put the total power at barely over 400w...still under the 500w PSU recommendation
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a c 84 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 12:35:38 PM

maybe you should find out what different tests actually test...

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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 12:38:26 PM

No offense guys..., how about some holy water?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 1:23:31 PM

Kari said:
maybe you should find out what different tests actually test...



so you basically you took what i proved about you (not understanding tests) and repeated it? very clever...you learn that in second grade?
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a c 125 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 1:47:34 PM

Pointless argument, guys. Just chill. OP: Choose a best answer so this thread can get locked lol.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 2:00:20 PM

ct1615 said:
so you basically you took what i proved about you (not understanding tests) and repeated it? very clever...you learn that in second grade?

ironic eh?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 2:40:36 PM

Kari said:
ironic eh?


no, more stupid but hey it does fit you to a T
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a c 84 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 4:19:23 PM

ct1615 said:
no, more stupid but hey it does fit you to a T

obviously you somehow missed the table i posted, so here it is again

if furmark is so awesome then how come prime95 adds another 90W on top of it? Explain that if you know it all, smartpants.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:29:57 PM

Kari said:
obviously you somehow missed the table i posted, so here it is again
http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/coolers/system-wattage/p33.png
if furmark is so awesome then how come prime95 adds another 90W on top of it? Explain that if you know it all, smartpants.



so what you are saying is that people will often run two stress tests at a time as a real world scenario? how are you even arguing your own intelligence as anything but stupid?


gaming won't approach that figure, 3D mark wont, furmark alone won't, and prime 95 alone won't..but hey two stress tests at once will :lol: 
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:33:40 PM

by the way you edited your post at 9:31am (oh yeah Tom's keeps track of that ;)  ) I already had two replies up so why would i go back and read your edited posts? like changing your incorrect answers to make you look like you know what you are talking about is going to trick me? :lol: 
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a c 84 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:42:56 PM

ct1615 said:
gaming won't approach that figure, 3D mark wont, furmark alone won't, and prime 95 alone won't..but hey two stress tests at once will :lol: 

but if you use your rig as i do, it will be close when you do actually play some games. Running BOINC on the cpu will max it out, but wont interfere with gaming since it runs at the lowest priority and there are GPGPU-projects as well in BOINC to put some load on the gpu. (You know, helping cure diseases, searching for pulsars, looking for ET, that sort of stuff) And remember I said 'the worst case scenario' lol

yeah yeah i know most ppl wont max out their stuff
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a c 84 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:44:08 PM

ct1615 said:
by the way you edited your post at 9:31am (oh yeah Tom's keeps track of that ;)  ) I already had two replies up so why would i go back and read your edited posts? like changing your incorrect answers to make you look like you know what you are talking about is going to trick me? :lol: 

i opened it up for edit right after i posted it, took me some time to find the article (searched the wrong site first), didn't refresh before posting it, yeah yeah noob error :ange: 
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:50:58 PM

Kari said:
but if you use your rig as i do, it will be close when you do actually play some games. Running BOINC on the cpu will max it out, but wont interfere with gaming since it runs at the lowest priority and there are GPGPU-projects as well in BOINC to put some load on the gpu. (You know, helping cure diseases, searching for pulsars, looking for ET, that sort of stuff) And remember I said 'the worst case scenario' lol

yeah yeah i know most ppl wont max out their stuff



and the 500w PSU still covers the OP in your "worst case scenario" although maybe he should get a 1000w PSU in case some one breaks into his place, installs a SLI GTX480 set up, then runs two stress tests at once...
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a c 84 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:53:01 PM

I didn't really say anything about the psu size, only referred to the worst case power consumption figures. :p 
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