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February 17, 2012 3:05:08 PM

Right now I'm running a rig with a qx9650 oc'd modestly to 3.5 and I have a gtx 295 running at stock settings. I ran 3dmark vantage with a few other background services running and I still managed to achieve a score of 15,000+ with frames dropping below 30 very rarely on the test.

I am considering upgrading as I want to run at least two evga gtx 580 classifieds and eventually 3 with a monitor for each card. I am kind of hitting a wall right now regarding the direction I want to run in. I like that AMD is almost always futureproof in that their chips often run on the same socket so I'm considering going bulldozer because of it's price. I understand that the 2600k and s-bridge e chips are blasting it in 99% of benches but the 8150 actually outperforms everything on the most important game to me which is bf3. In fact I think that's the only benchmark I've seen the 8150 do well on. I do like the 2600k benchmarks and price which is around $50 more than a bulldozer but I do not like that its accompanying motherboard will be non-upgradable in a year.

My question is, should I just buy one 580 now and sub it out for my 295 so that I can play bf3 in dx11 and wait for the 3920k to come out? Or should I go with the 8150 and use the piledriver in the future? I read somewhere along my research that the piledriver and excavator are both going to use am3+ which is huge. If you look at spending $300 a year for a cpu upgrade that's still cheaper than dumping $600 on one 3930k and practically being married to that socket.

Again, I know that the 8150's scores are very bleak right now but for a $270 processor it's a good deal considering bf3, arma 2, kingdoms of amalur, and the original dragon age series are the most important games I'm playing.

Thank you.

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February 17, 2012 10:55:45 PM

i think this is the link,i got an error

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/11/03/amd_fx8150_mu...
and if BF3 is also important an 8150 compared to i5 2500k
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_CPU_Scal...
here is a kingdoms of amalur bench with an i5 2500k again (sorry just can't find a 8150 atm)
http://benchmark3d.com/kingdoms-of-amalur-reckoning-ben...
if you notice there is no increase with more than 2 cores enabled . .

now your question about replacing a 295 with a 580; well you can't SLI that though you could use the 295 for a phyX card.
though i would not be surprised if you saw *close* to the same performance with ONE 580 compared to 295 SLI.

AND have a lot less heat coming out of your box.

also if your looking for an upgrade path with a mother board, the Z68 chipsets will be compatible with the ivy bridge cpus. asus has updated their bios on their's to support them already.
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February 18, 2012 12:39:42 AM

Thanks to both of you. Ya AII: OA is better optimized. The program itself is obviously based off of Virtual Battlespace so it always has been CPU intensive as I noticed going from a gt9600 to my gtx 295 yielded minimal results on the original Arma 2. As far as the z68 is concerned, I read the chipset built for the actual ivory bridge is going to be h and z 75s and 77s. It it turns out that the z68 is compatible with the ivory then I'll go with a 2600 or 2700k, though I like that the x79s come with pci 3.0 for futureproofing.
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February 24, 2012 3:01:21 PM

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February 24, 2012 3:02:47 PM

Anonymous said:
i think this is the link,i got an error

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/11/03/amd_fx8150_mu...
and if BF3 is also important an 8150 compared to i5 2500k
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_CPU_Scal...
here is a kingdoms of amalur bench with an i5 2500k again (sorry just can't find a 8150 atm)
http://benchmark3d.com/kingdoms-of-amalur-reckoning-ben...
if you notice there is no increase with more than 2 cores enabled . .

now your question about replacing a 295 with a 580; well you can't SLI that though you could use the 295 for a phyX card.
though i would not be surprised if you saw *close* to the same performance with ONE 580 compared to 295 SLI.

AND have a lot less heat coming out of your box.

also if your looking for an upgrade path with a mother board, the Z68 chipsets will be compatible with the ivy bridge cpus. asus has updated their bios on their's to support them already.


ended up going with the following:

-Rampage IV Extreme R. O. G.
-H100 cooler
-580 classy
-ocz vertex 120 gb
-sony blue ray drive
-seagate 1 TB 6 Gb/s
-Thermal take MK-I
-Corsair 1050w pro series
-16 Gb G Skill @ 1866
-3820k
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