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July 14, 2012 11:39:06 PM

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=N82E168...

And for GPU... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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July 15, 2012 12:20:51 AM

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-o... 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=N82E168...

You should see good performance upgrades from both choices

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July 15, 2012 12:31:10 AM

All i know about my power supply is that it's an Antec 1000W purchased pretty recently.

Thanks for the feedback!
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July 15, 2012 2:27:02 AM

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=N82E168...



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!
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July 15, 2012 6:59:44 PM

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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