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Will my amd 955 x4 still suffice my gaming needs?

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October 19, 2011 8:19:00 PM

i have a 955 x4 stock right now, do u think its still viable for gaming? i wanted bulldozer but im not that impressed at all, i could overclock it, i got a cooler master hyper 212,

what do u think? should i get bulldozer, stick with this cpu for another while? i got my asrock 990fx fatal1ty for bulldozer

whats the maximum oc i could get? i also have a cougar evolution case with all the fans installed

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October 19, 2011 9:28:22 PM

Stick with your 955, overclocking it is easy if you feel the need. People have been hitting close to 4GHz with good cooling.
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October 19, 2011 9:35:05 PM

It doesn't look like it would be worth upgrading to Bulldozer for gaming if you already have a 955. I also have a 955 and although it was performing reasonably well, I did upgrade to a 2500k. There is unquestionably an improvement, but it was $205 for the cpu and $150 for a Z68 board. I don't believe there was a $350 improvement on games there.

My 955 was a recent revision, but it clocked to 4.0ghz very easy, w/o a particularly good cooler, although my case has good airflow. You should get 3.5-3.6 w/o having to tough the voltage on it. That hyper 212 is better that the cooler I was using.

Unless you have a really awesome graphics card, I don't think the benefit would be worth the expense to upgrade.
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October 19, 2011 10:34:45 PM

I agree. No need to upgrade for anything whether from AMD or Intel. You still a decent rig in my opinion.
Perhaps change the GPU if yours is having a hard time crunching through polygons and/or shaders?

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October 19, 2011 11:14:00 PM

rolli59 said:
Stick with your 955, overclocking it is easy if you feel the need. People have been hitting close to 4GHz with good cooling.


+1, my 955 is at 3.8ghz and I've had no issue playing games at very high settings including crysis 2, star craft 2, witcher 2, dragon age 2,...minecraft 2
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October 20, 2011 12:28:35 AM

i have a 5850 right now, i believe it still can run games fine, but i want to play bf 3 max settings haha, i was thinking on a 6970 and then crossfire it to run 3 1680x1050 monitors i have in my house, what do u think??
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October 20, 2011 12:44:43 AM

megagabobe1 said:
i have a 5850 right now, i believe it still can run games fine, but i want to play bf 3 max settings haha, i was thinking on a 6970 and then crossfire it to run 3 1680x1050 monitors i have in my house, what do u think??


6970 in CF can handle 2560x1600...3 monitors may need another 6970

if you really want a CF 6970 system with 3 monitors then I would get a intel i5-2500k

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October 20, 2011 12:49:19 AM

dirtyferret said:
6970 in CF can handle 2560x1600...3 monitors may need another 6970

if you really want a CF 6970 system with 3 monitors then I would get a intel i5-2500k

http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/448/bench/High_2560.png


i think i better stay with just 1 monitor, i will wait to see if amd releases their hd 7000 series this year, and until then i might buy a bigger monitor or just stay with mine which is fine, they eyefinity thing is just something i might just try, not run it all the time
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October 20, 2011 12:51:11 AM

I think you will be fine in CF;
5040 x 1050= 5,292,000pixels
2560 x 1600= 4,096,000pixels
increase 25% so you will still be doing over 40fps.
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October 20, 2011 12:53:26 AM

megagabobe1 said:
i think i better stay with just 1 monitor, i will wait to see if amd releases their hd 7000 series this year, and until then i might buy a bigger monitor or just stay with mine which is fine, they eyefinity thing is just something i might just try, not run it all the time


well cpu wise you will be fine


gpu wise (granted it's beta, expect new drivers to increase some performance)
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October 20, 2011 1:56:02 AM

rolli59 said:
I think you will be fine in CF;
5040 x 1050= 5,292,000pixels
2560 x 1600= 4,096,000pixels
increase 25% so you will still be doing over 40fps.


for 3 monitors?
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October 20, 2011 1:57:53 AM

dirtyferret said:
well cpu wise you will be fine
http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/448/bench/CPU_02.png

gpu wise (granted it's beta, expect new drivers to increase some performance)
http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/448/bench/High_1680.png


damn, strange to see amd at the top of the charts haha, the performance of my hd 5850 is like a gtx 470 more less, so for ultra ill have to buy a better gpu, lets see benchmarks when the full game goes out
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October 20, 2011 2:05:42 AM

megagabobe1 said:
for 3 monitors?

Yep 3 x 1680 x 1050 = 5292000
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October 20, 2011 2:09:19 AM

and what do you think of getting another hd 5850 and crossfire it? looking at benchmarks i would get the performance of a hd 5970, which in my resolution should play anything maxed right???

or better to get a newer gpu?

look at this version of the hd 5850 its just $150

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

or better of selling mine and getting a hd 6970?? or even a gtx 570?? what do u think??
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October 20, 2011 2:11:54 AM

rolli59 said:
Yep 3 x 1680 x 1050 = 5292000


still its not something i would run all the time, should i get a hd 6970'', crossfire mu current gpu with one of those extreme versions of the hd 5850 that are just $150??

need help deciding on what to do!! haha
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October 20, 2011 2:15:09 AM

Cheapest option is the CF of the HD5850! I would definitely consider it!
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October 20, 2011 3:15:26 AM

rolli59 said:
Cheapest option is the CF of the HD5850! I would definitely consider it!

my resolution is just 1680x1050 so i guess it should run anything maxed out, a hd 5970 is still a little beter than a gtx 580 so i guess ill be okay dont u think??
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October 20, 2011 10:49:55 AM

Yep!
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October 20, 2011 10:59:40 AM

6870 going for cheap as well
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October 20, 2011 7:22:29 PM

rolli59 said:
Yep!

i think ill do that then, very cheap upgrade to gain a lot of performance
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October 20, 2011 7:23:27 PM

Uther39 said:
WOW!?, i cant believe AMD is beating Intel in those charts for BF3, anybody tell me why that is ?

i did not get it either haha, maybe games are starting to use their architecture in a better way?, i dont know haha but strange
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October 26, 2011 11:55:09 PM

Best answer selected by megagabobe1.
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