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a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 5:19:59 AM

Alright so what I'm asking is it better to use all AMD parts or mix it up. For example currently I am using Phenom x4 955 BE and a GTX 460, am I recieveing the best performance from it or would it be better to upgrade to an HD 6xxx or even 7xxx.

Here is my current build:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm also debating or wether or not to say screw it sell it and build an new Intel build, if I do that would I be able to re-use my OS on the new build?

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October 17, 2011 6:06:25 AM

It's pretty good.
October 17, 2011 7:09:09 AM

The Phenom II 955 has more than enough power to run with a GTX 460 without any bottlenecks. There is no reason to throw away either the CPU or the GPU, With that setup you should be achieving optimum performance out of the GTX 460 anyway.



If you are finding that build too slow for your current needs, I'd suggest overclocking the GPU a little via a tool such as MSI afterburner. For this you might want to look into a new heatsink for that card though. GTX 460s with a good heatsink like GIGABYTE's Windforce, MSI's Frozor, and Especially ASUS Direct CUII are able to reach 800 MHz usually.

The other option is to upgrade. That system should be able to push a GTX 560 Ti or a HD6950 without any issues. It could POSSIBLY run a GTX 570 but I'd be wanting to overclock the CPU a little for that.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 9:54:16 AM

I know it has the power to run a 460 the only game I play is WoW and the 460 still is a beast as far as the FPS I want for it. But I want to know is it better to keep it in the family with an HD GPU upgrade or not.
October 17, 2011 11:00:37 AM

No, just stay with the phenom ii you got. Cutebeans, what difference is a six core going to make over a four core, when it comes to gaming? You can OC your cpu by simple bios change of multiplier to upto 3.6ghz w\o any problems or voltage changes. Just keep a check on temps and see if its stable. You could easily go for a amd 6950 card. The 955 wont bottleneck it. Heck, if you can get a new cooler\fan and oc it to uptp 3.8 or 4.0, its almost as fast as a stock i5. So, gl.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 11:34:29 AM

wrazor said:
No, just stay with the phenom ii you got. Cutebeans, what difference is a six core going to make over a four core, when it comes to gaming? You can OC your cpu by simple bios change of multiplier to upto 3.6ghz w\o any problems or voltage changes. Just keep a check on temps and see if its stable. You could easily go for a amd 6950 card. The 955 wont bottleneck it. Heck, if you can get a new cooler\fan and oc it to uptp 3.8 or 4.0, its almost as fast as a stock i5. So, gl.


I've been debating about OCing or not, I havent done it before and then I will also have to get a cooler which I know nothing about and I'm pretty sure installing it is gonna be a pain in my ass since its my first time.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2011 2:21:24 PM

Toms last sbm they got the 955be up to like 3.8 with stock cooling.
October 17, 2011 3:10:40 PM

Emelth, you can get to 3.7ghz w\o changing the cooler. So, yeah, that will be pretty sick tbh. You may even go get a 6970 if you like. No bottlenecks as such.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2011 3:24:18 AM

Awesome I'll check it out and see how it goes hopefully I can find a good walkthrough
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