Upgrading my current system

Hey everyone!

I'm upgrading my system and was wondering if there would be any compatibility issues with the new GPU and CPU i may purchase.

Current specs...

2 GTX 260's SLI
AMD Phenom II x2 560
AsusTeK M4N98TD EVO Motherboard
8 gb ddr3 patriot


Currently, instead of upgrading my motherboard i just want to get the best AM3 cpu to cooperate with a new GPU i am about to buy.

Looking at newegg i found this to be the best AM3... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103893

And for GPU... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130662

This is for a gaming computer. Basically i'm just wondering if these are a good fit for my system. Also if there is any suggestions on what i should get. About the same price range with the GPU.

Thanks!
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  1. One quick question to answer: What PSU do you have, that GPU requires 2 PCIE power connectors.

    CPU upgrade: you are going up 2 levels from your current cpu -- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html should be noticable difference especially if you overclock the the new cpu -- Please remember you have a OEM amd chip that will need a 3rd party cooler like this

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    You should see good performance upgrades from both choices
  2. All i know about my power supply is that it's an Antec 1000W purchased pretty recently.

    Thanks for the feedback!
  3. Did you try unlocking your CPU? your motherboard supports it...

    Also, you don't need a 2GB GTX 560, something faster with 1GB of VRAM will be sufficient. This should do fine...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
  4. Augray37 said:
    Did you try unlocking your CPU? your motherboard supports it...

    Also, you don't need a 2GB GTX 560, something faster with 1GB of VRAM will be sufficient. This should do fine...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604



    Yeah i did try unlocking the cores when i first installed it, no luck.

    I was told by a friend that i should get that card because of that reason and the price. With today's games such as Battlefield 3 and other graphically demanding games, is 1gb enough?

    Thanks for the feedback!
  5. boothegreat said:
    Yeah i did try unlocking the cores when i first installed it, no luck.

    I was told by a friend that i should get that card because of that reason and the price. With today's games such as Battlefield 3 and other graphically demanding games, is 1gb enough?

    Thanks for the feedback!


    I don't think 2GB of VRAM is necessary for a single monitor setup. That's pretty much for gaming on multiple monitors (a 560 2GB might be good for, say, running a two monitor setup on lowish settings at 1080p). To my knowledge, there's only a couple of games that could even possibly use more than 1GB of VRAM at 1080p on a single monitor, and they're somewhat of anomalies. Usually you'll be more limited by your GPU's actual speed then its VRAM.
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