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October 8, 2011 7:25:27 PM

Hi. I was wondering if this upgrade will be worth it:

current specs:

Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H (AM2+)
Phenom II X2 550 (not BE)
ati Radeon hd 4870
500w psu
4Gb ddr2 1066 RAm
120 intel SSD

upgrading to:

Phenom II X6 1100T
Ati Radeon 2Gb 6950
850W PSU.


I was wondering if those upgrades are enough to run BF3 on max settings. And also if you guys have a better suggestion for my upgrades I would like to know (better price-performace ratio, etc).

I'm also debating if I have to buy a new mobo for my upgraded parts.

Thanks.



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October 8, 2011 8:11:40 PM

I think not wort upgrade cpu 1100
, 955BE is very enough and your plan 850W very overkill for single hd4870 , maybe in the future you will ran at crossfire hd 6950 .. I think.
Or just idea upgrade to bulldozer + mobo am3 + good psu 650W enough for xfire 4870
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October 8, 2011 8:14:39 PM

If you are going to grab a 6 core, make it a 1090t. Also, as long as your PSU is quality, it will handle all of that. If I were you, I would not upgrade. It will not run BF3 max, my hd6850 runs it on everything low with 8x AF and 2x AA. Upgrade to a AM3+ motherboard, 4gb DDR3 1600, Bulldozer 6 core, and a hd6950. That should do pretty well. Bulldozer will be out within weeks, so I would wait. Also, I am guessing that your AM2+ board will only support a 95w TDP, you will need at least 125w TDP.
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October 8, 2011 9:05:02 PM

Have you tried unlocking your CPU? I believe that board supports core unlocking so you might get lucky and end up with an X4. Overclocking it would also give you a good boost. Otherwise get a 955BE and overclock it. You may also want to consider just getting another 4870 to run in CF to save some money for a future build. Of course, a single 6950 in that game is probably going to be faster than two 4870s. Up to you though ^_^. Here's on on eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ATI-RADEON-HD-4870-1GB-PCI-...
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October 8, 2011 10:48:47 PM

megamanx00 said:
Have you tried unlocking your CPU? I believe that board supports core unlocking so you might get lucky and end up with an X4. Overclocking it would also give you a good boost. Otherwise get a 955BE and overclock it. You may also want to consider just getting another 4870 to run in CF to save some money for a future build. Of course, a single 6950 in that game is probably going to be faster than two 4870s. Up to you though ^_^. Here's on on eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ATI-RADEON-HD-4870-1GB-PCI-...

He wants to play BF3, which will use all six cores. 4 AMD cores willnot run it at max like he wants. I am not even sure 6 cores will. A 2500k will though. Even as low as a 2400.
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October 9, 2011 7:40:48 PM

Best answer selected by nivram_07.
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October 9, 2011 7:42:08 PM

thank u guys for all your help. i think id wait for new bd and upgrade accordingly.
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October 9, 2011 8:59:12 PM

nivram_07 said:
thank u guys for all your help. i think id wait for new bd and upgrade accordingly.

Good choice, and thanks for the best answer! :) 
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