hmm i'd just ask you to put your finger over the trigger and hold it there. In a few days Bulldozer will be out and you'll want to see what AMD has to offer and maybe get them...
mediocre? no it'd be a waste of money doing so.
yeah you can pick up a bulldozer ready mobo now but you'll see more nifty stuff being put on newer mobo's later on.
*edit; i noticed you changed a few things - well yeah. seems okay...
my opinion, getting an intel sandy bridge build now would far outweigh any AMD solution up until now. Though alot of people have wishful thinking with the bulldozers - intel will just chop them up with the SB-E chips later in Q1/Q2 2012.
wait a few more days - thas all.
BTW what dya have now to work with?
crysis as in crysis 1?
yeap! it would but you know what "?" OC'ing that rig you have there now would yield good results plus you have all the muscle there to play BF3 when its released except that GPU - tell you what, get a GPU and an aftermarket cooler now and wait out the new waves of hardware that'll be out soon.
*6970 / GTX560Ti
cooler master hyper 212+ or evo
** might i know what mobo you have, better yet gimme full system specs including the PSU and case.
**sorry been away, my OS has been acting up a bit - the consequence of using pirated software
okay thumb rule here at tom's and most forums;
1| PSU, case, HDD, cpu cooler/watercooling kits, speakers/soundcard and monitor should remain constant while;
2| mobo, CPU, ram(if you buy enough to populate all slots than that becomes a constant) will change more frequently
3| at the same time the GPU will slowly work its way through its use and if you've chosen a high enough GPU something like a GTX560Ti or 570 or 580 then you don't have to look at it for another 2 years - or so depending on your gaming needs
*montiors, HDD, watercooling rads can be added in due time.
so right now, invest in a PSU and GPU (and an aftermarket cooler that is compatible with later sockets) to OC later on
my recommends ;
A 550W~600W PSU - capable of running sli/crossfire off of that PSU and a card that can do said scaling.
trying to unlock any x2 or x3 is actually a real silly idea. Here's why;
an x2 or an x3 is really an x4 chip that had defective cores in it (caused from improper QC at the IC manufacturing process). AMD realized it and then locked it up. people who do try to unlock have a very slim chance it works in their favor. Even if you do manage to unlock it - which you will - it doesn't mean you can sutain an OC at any speed since you have an unstable core that would either need more juice. TBH - you can't supply more juice to only core in your chip - if you raise the volts, all the volts get the same love - thus the instability in OC's
**unlocking cores and THEN OC'ing is highly discouraged here on tom's. I might've gone easy explaining things to you...but i know some people who'd court-marshal you for such an idea.
buying a new LGA775 mobo would just mean high overhead cost. buy the prescribed parts i mentioned a post earlier and then snag a Z68 system after the sandy bridge - e chips are released.