even GTX580 won't be bottleneck by that cpu at it's stock clock. why can't you OC the cpu? is it because of mobo? btw what kind of performance you're getting right now? based on the test done by toms even 6850 will have good performance on 1080p with maximum detail + 4MSAA (minimum frame rates = 40).
Yeah I agree with renz496, the HD6870 should be plenty of card to give quality performance. Does your motherboard support crossfire? I currently run two HD6870s in crossfire in my rig and they annihilate any game I throw at em'. another HD6870 would be cheaper than a HD6950 and I think they are about $179 right now
just a quick question when ocing should i leave fan on auto or set it to manual i put it to 975/1150 through msi afterburner and left fan on auto and the temp didnt go above 60 degrees didnt touch voltage either
Oh okay gotcha that makes sense. I'm assuming it never got above 60 degrees under load? or idle?
If that is load temps that is perfectly fine to leave the fan on auto, if that's a idle temp definitely run manual fan control and adjust accordingly. The HD6870 has a max temp of 105 degrees but you definitely want to stay well below that
Hard drives help with loading times, not frames. Also, 90% of the time if you want to crank up all the video options you also have to be willing to spend a lot more than the cost of a 6950 to be able to handle it at vsync. Depending on your res of course.
What res are you running?
I'll bet you can run a few settings on high and turn down the less important pretties and be al right with your card or even better a 6950.
What resolution are you running? The 6870 should be able to deliver good performance in TOR at the highest settings up to 1080p, the game isn't a hugely demanding title when it comes to graphics. On most single displays the 6870 only really should struggle with the extremely demanding titles like Crysis, Crysis 2, or Metro 2033. In any case, getting a 6950 isn't going to help much, it's only 10% faster than the 6870, really not worth spending $250 for such a small upgrade. Your CPU should be fast enough for it, so I don't think that is a problem. How much RAM do you have? If the game is starved for memory, it has to pull data off the hard drive, and that will kill your framerates. If you have less than 4GB on your system, I would say get up to at least 4GB to facilitate good gaming performance.
You have stress tested it under furmark, so the card itself seems to be fine. It could be there is an issue with the game itself, you can try turning off vsync, sometimes it can cause performance issues. You may want to check the TOR forums and see if other people with similar hardware are running into performance issues, that would indicate either a driver problem, or a game problem, in which case there isn't much you can do except wait for a driver update/patch.
i just overclocked my gigabyte 6870 to 975/1150 and it did help in SWTOR but found the if i put shadows to low, with everything else on ultra it made the biggest improvement for fps. still dips down to 30 fps in really busy area's when it's first loading but was much better!