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September 17, 2011 11:49:19 PM

Hey guys for my new build i am having trouble deciding what to get.

AMD 1090T x6, AMD 965 x4 or do i go intel? if i was to go AMD i would be getting a Bulldozer some time next year but i would get a 965/1090T to get me started.

This build is for Gaming and everyday use - no burning, ripping , encoding video ect....

I plan to get a AMD 6970 or CF 6950 - This build if for BF3 and MW3
Will the current AMD CPU's Bottleneck 6970 or 6950 CF?
Are there charts to help show bottle necks?

People tell me go Sandy Bridge but i have always liked and been an AMD guy.
I am just scared that i will build it and it will not do the job that i want ie; play bf3 high ect...

Cheers,
AG!

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September 18, 2011 1:45:45 AM

Hmmmmmm it does seem to be good, so should i discout AMD altogether?
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September 18, 2011 1:47:04 AM

The AMD 965 is a good bargin right now and will be just fine for gaming and basic PC ops. If you buy an AM3+ mobo it will run your 965 and the new Bulldozer CPUs when you decide to upgrade down the road so you get a good return on your investment.
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September 18, 2011 2:05:02 AM

Z68 motherboards will also run Ivy Bridge when it comes out. If it's in your budget I think the i5-2500K is definitely worth the money. The 965 competes, though, especially if you can't spend $200 on your chip. Watch out for bottlenecks, though.

Whatever you get make sure your mobo has PCIe 3.0 slots if you plan on upgrading. They can't be used until Ivy Bridge/Bulldozer, but if you upgrade in two or three years I think you'll be glad you have them.
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September 18, 2011 3:17:11 AM

agbyrne said:
Hmmmmmm it does seem to be good, so should i discout AMD altogether?


AMD is worth consideration if you have a tight budget. For gaming you need to put your money into the GPU first, CPU second.
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September 18, 2011 8:17:23 PM

I would really recommend going for sandy bridge, the i5 2500k is well worth it if it is in your budget.

An i5 2500k with a 6970 or 6950s in CF will easily run MW3 max settings, as for BF3 nobody knows yet. If BF3 is not much more demanding then BC2 then it should max it out fine.
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September 18, 2011 8:48:00 PM

A Phenom II will easily max MW2 too, it's not a particularly demanding game. You won't regret getting the AMD chip and saving 100$.
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