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May 20, 2011 2:20:21 AM


Good day fine community.

Ok here it is:

I am currently running this system.

Q9550 @ 3.6GHZ
Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 4GB
Asus P5Q Pro
Antec 850W
Powercolor 6950 flashed to HD6970.
3X WD caviar Black 640 GB
Windows 7 Ultimate

I was wondering would it be better to upgrade my system to these Sandy Bridge specs:

i5 2500K
Asus Z68 Mobo
8GB Corsair DDR3 1600

Or just get a new HD6990 and be done with it.

The reason I ask this in Graphics and Displays is because I am wondering whether my now aging Core 2 Quad setup will bottleneck my PC with a HD6990.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!


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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 2:25:25 AM

Welcome to the forum. Your build is quite powerful... My only recommendation for upgrading would be to add another 6950 - it's much more efficient than adding a 6990 imo.
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May 20, 2011 2:28:19 AM

Thanks jbakerlent

I was looking at that but, I would need to get a crossfire enabled motherboard as mine doesn't support it at present. Unfortunately, currently living in China it is really hard to fine them. I miss typed, my motherboard is a ASUS P5Q Turbo. Not Pro..

Sorry.
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 2:31:53 AM

No problem, yes that does change things... I assume you are using this system for gaming, what resolution? I would say it's probably not worth starting fresh with a sandy bridge build unless you're experiencing problems/slow performance from your current build as it's still pretty powerful.
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May 20, 2011 2:37:47 AM

Gaming mostly, I am running a res of 1920X1080 on a 22" Samsung moniter. The real reason I want this upgrade is due to The Witcher 2. I have to be able to play it at full without any problems, greed? Perhaps but, I also want to get a card I won't need to replace for a while.

The GTX 590 is another option but I am not much of a green team fan.
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 2:46:58 AM

Yes, it seems that game does have some pretty high hardware needs even though the minimum specs wouldn't give it away. Still, the 6990 would absolutely destroy anything at 1080p.
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May 20, 2011 2:49:15 AM

Awesome, so you reckon there won't be a bottleneck on my PC with that card? If so I am gonna go get the Asus variety.
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 2:54:36 AM

On any setup with a 6990 the CPU will be pushed really hard. Still, as you said you can reuse it later when you do upgrade the other components.
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a c 216 U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 2:58:57 AM

jbakerlent said:
Yes, it seems that game does have some pretty high hardware needs even though the minimum specs wouldn't give it away. Still, the 6990 would absolutely destroy anything at 1080p.


Unfortunately, you are very very wrong.

I have two unlocked 6950's in Crossfire with an i7 920 @ 3.4ghz and ultra settings on The Witcher 2 kick the hell out of my computer. Although I'm at 1920x1200, which is a little bigger than 1080p, I get 15 FPS after leaving the tent at the beginning of the game. At high settings, I get between 20-60 FPS, which is reasonable.

Metro 2033, is also demanding, but not nearly as demanding as The Witcher 2.
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 2:59:04 AM

A single 6950/6970 still provides good framerates at 1080P, save possibly for/ in Metro 2033, which is a HOG for both system cpu/video horsepower....

I'd stand pat for now if I were in your shoes, unless determined to play Metro 2033 for a 'career'.

Save for a SandyBridge 2500K/P67 MB, and add another 6950 if needed then.

The 6990 is a loud SOB. and offers very little to nothing that a 2nd 6950 would not offer, save for clock throttle redutions due to heat....
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 3:00:21 AM

Sorry, I think I said that it does have very high hardware requirements (at least that's what you quoted... What am I missing?
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a c 216 U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 3:04:26 AM

jbakerlent said:
Sorry, I think I said that it does have very high hardware requirements (at least that's what you quoted... What am I missing?


You said it would destroy anything at 1080p, which unfortunately, it can't. The Witcher 2 destroys anything at ultra settings, with today's hardware.
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 3:08:13 AM

Let me clarify: destroy anything = outpace all other hardware. Also, it doesn't look there are too many alternatives (its a $700+ card and he can't crossfire). Thanks for the correction, though.
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a c 216 U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 3:11:55 AM

jbakerlent said:
Let me clarify: destroy anything = outpace all other hardware. Also, it doesn't look there are too many alternatives (its a $700+ card and he can't crossfire). Thanks for the correction, though.


I see, I didn't take it that way obviously :p 

It is possible that some performance may be gained with driver or game patches. The game doesn't look that flashy to have that low of FPS. I have a good feeling that the game would have ran a lot smoother for the visuals if they had just use DX11 instead of DX9.
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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2011 3:16:30 AM

^ Yes I should have stated it clearly. For both of your bank accounts, let's hope so :) 
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