If I remember correctly, "Haswell" is the codename for Intel's CPU's with a totally different architecture due in 2013
And as for your temps, what kind of voltage are you pushing through your CPU? And what cooler do you have? Currently I have my X4 955 @ 3.8ghz with around 1.45v getting around 45C-48C during heavy load with a 212+
Ahhh I see..in that case, yes it's most likely due to lack of airflow going through your case. Leaving your side panel off can help with temperatures though you'll have to watch out for the dust bunnies When I first bought my rig, I put all my stuff inside an OEM HP case and left the side panel off til my case arrived
As for sticking with AMD, if you're getting performance you're happy with, I would stick with AMD as well. I was personally waiting for Ivy Bridge, but I'll stick with AMD a lil while longer, my Phenom is still keeping me happy
Anyway, have fun with that 7870! My friend recently got one and boy does it smoke my 560 Ti
Between those two 7870's the only difference I can tell is the OC. I would say yes, you can OC to get the same performance, but run stability tests to make sure it's stable.
Speaking of OC vs Non-OC cards, my brother got a Double D 6870 a few months ago, there was also a Double D Black Ed 6870 for quite more money, we just overclocked his Non-OC to the BE frequencies and voila everything was smooth as butter.
I will wait until 2012 Q3 when AMD releases the new cpu's. I really hope they will perform equaly like the i7
The flagship cpu ATM has same performance like the i5... so i hope AMD will get things straightened out and get good performance
Um. Not really. That mean when 8 cores can be used the AMD can match the i5. 8 cores are rarely used and NEVER used on games. The new AMD will not match Intel. Intel has about 50-60% more power per clock than AMD does. Although, for the OC or non-OC cards, they are the same card, just one with higher clocks. I would get the non-OC and just OC it more. You can probably get it past the3 pre-OCed card anyway.
I think you have just about got the answer you needed, but yes a 7870 is a good option to look to, the 7870 is the replacement for the 6970 and I can run them crossfired in a X6 so I would say you will be able to crossfire with a 955 which is hardly a bad processor. But it is rather overkill and more so expensive but you did say down the line which will probably mean you are going to put a Piledriver in your setup by then, in that case a 7870 CF solution with a PD will make a rather nice setup.