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    Quote Originally Posted by chipvideo View Post
    Other than Crysis, what games are you guys buying to test your new pc's with? What are the best directX looking games out there now?
    Witcher 2. Bad Company 2 (DX11). Lost Planet 2 (DX11). Oblivion on max settings. Fallout3 on max settings. Arma II. Dirt 3 (DX11). Bioshock 2 on max. Stalker (both of them) on max.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CorruptedDragon View Post
    Yeah, the last Intel processor I owned was a Pentium4 2.4C Northwood. Was a kick ass processor but was replaced by my 939 x2 4400+.
    Close for me. I jumped ship to AMD with the Barton 2500XP. One generation before the dual-core 939's......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favelle View Post
    LOL....no no no. By PC, I mean everything except case, RAM, video card, power supply, Blu-ray drive, and hard drive. Ha ha, so in other words, MB and CPU. Ha ha!

    BUT, for the first time in 12 years, I will actually own an Intel CPU. Very spooky feeling...
    Ah I see, makes sense now. I guess you are doing the 2500K then..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favelle View Post
    Close for me. I jumped ship to AMD with the Barton 2500XP. One generation before the dual-core 939's......
    Excerpts from my Newegg order history over the last 10 years:

    CPU AMD|T-BIRD 1GHZ/266 PGA% - OEM
    Item #: N82E16819103158

    $75.00

    VGA MSI|GF 2 GTS 32MB W/TV 8820 RTL
    Item #: N82E16814127001
    MSI 626 913 0828

    $99.00

    AMD Sempron 2200+ Thoroughbred 1.5GHz Socket A Processor SDA2200DUT3D - OEM
    Item #: N82E16819104201
    $48.00

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1.8GHz Socket 939 Single-Core Processor ADA3000BPBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103537

    $153.99

    SAPPHIRE 100595L-BL Radeon X700PRO 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102504

    $129.00

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Brisbane 2.2GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor ADO4200DOBOX
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    $58.99

    Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300
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    $184.99

    I had laptops for a while though, and they're not included here. I was pretty much a laptop person after C2D came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenshiro View Post
    Good work Badger! If you want to run some stress testing try Prime95 for the CPU/RAM and FurMark for the GPU. Monitor your temps with Real Temp for the CPU and MSI Afterburner for the GPU. If you want to go for some overclocking, you can add a second fan to the other side of your hyper 212 for better push/pull cooling.
    Thanks! I think I get a free copy of 3dMark with the EVGA GTX 570 - so I was thinking of trying that if i was going to benchmark at all. Just bought Metro 2033 and Witcher 2 though, because Starcraft 2 is too easy for the 570. I literally don't know what my gpu fan sounds like yet, even though I was running ultra settings at 70-90 fps, and that choked my 8800gt and made it sound like a jet engine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenshiro View Post
    Ah I see, makes sense now. I guess you are doing the 2500K then..
    Yeah....ha ha good detective work. Really the only logical choice for right now (and the forseeable future).
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    Favelle, dual 6970 or single 6990? Keep in mind I'd need a SLI motherboard for the former.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldfoot View Post
    Favelle, dual 6970 or single 6990? Keep in mind I'd need a SLI motherboard for the former.
    6970's are Radeon, so no SLI there (Crossfire).

    BOTH are serious overkill right now. Most would suggest neither and just go with a single, overlocked 6970.

    Tom's $300 price bracket:
    The new GeForce GTX 570 and Radeon HD 6970 took this price segment by storm, offering unmatched performance in the $330 range. In many cases, these cards perform similarly to a pair of GeForce GTX 460 cards in SLI or Radeon HD 6850 cards in CrossFire. But they do so without the hassles associated with a multi-card rig.
    Keep in mind, your display is likely capped at 60hz. So going above 60fps isn't going to get you anything other than headroom. No perceived gain in performance. I would seriously go single Radeon 6970 right now, with a Crossfire motherboard for a future 6970 when the real next-gen games start to appear in Q'4 of this year.

    Tom's view on the 6990 and GTX 590:
    The Radeon HD 6990 was the undisputed fastest graphics card in the world for a few weeks, until the emergence of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 590 to dispute it. But it's not like the Nvidia card stripped it of its title. These titans are forced to grudgingly share the high-end space, as their performance is often too close to call a winner.

    At about $740, neither of these options is cost-effective though, especially with a Radeon HD 6950 CrossFire setup nipping at their heels for far less dough. The Radeon HD 6990 might be overly loud, and the GeForce GTX 590 is very hard to actually find for sale right now, but both deserve an honorable mention for their prestigious positions and indisputably high single-card performance.
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    Well it'll be used for GPGPU tasks most of the time, with gaming just as a bonus, I forgot to add Due to the nature of the GPGPU tasks I'm running, Nvidia is out of the question, it'll be AMD.
    So 6990 or 6970x2 + new SB motherboard? It'll be running 24/7.

    Here's another thing, during the few times I'll be playing games on it, I won't have it hooked up to anything more than a 1080p display device and I have no intentions (or budget for) a higher res monitor. So I'll either be doing 3D or supersampling highest quality AA. It'll be very vulgar when playing games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldfoot View Post
    Well it'll be used for GPGPU tasks most of the time, with gaming just as a bonus, I forgot to add Due to the nature of the GPGPU tasks I'm running, Nvidia is out of the question, it'll be AMD.
    So 6990 or 6970x2 + new SB motherboard? It'll be running 24/7.

    Here's another thing, during the few times I'll be playing games on it, I won't have it hooked up to anything more than a 1080p display device and I have no intentions (or budget for) a higher res monitor. So I'll either be doing 3D or supersampling highest quality AA.
    On 24/7 and the 6990 is just way to power hungry, hot, and loud. I would do dual 6950's. Ultimate price point (right now).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger3920 View Post
    Thanks! I think I get a free copy of 3dMark with the EVGA GTX 570 - so I was thinking of trying that if i was going to benchmark at all. Just bought Metro 2033 and Witcher 2 though, because Starcraft 2 is too easy for the 570. I literally don't know what my gpu fan sounds like yet, even though I was running ultra settings at 70-90 fps, and that choked my 8800gt and made it sound like a jet engine
    3DMark11 is a good benchmark tool. There is also a benchmark tool included with Metro 2033 if you want to test your card with some heavy DX11 features.

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\metro 2033\metro2033benchmark

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    I think I'll go with the Dual 6950 option and try to flash them to 6970's. It also helps that I still haven't utilized my refund for my faulty Sandy Bridge motherboard I bought in January I get to send that back and get a SLI capable board for just a few bucks more.

    Do Intel boards support AMD Crossfire? Will this one work? I don't need a full ATX board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-495-_-Product

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldfoot View Post
    I think I'll go with the Dual 6950 option and try to flash them to 6970's. It also helps that I still haven't utilized my refund for my faulty Sandy Bridge motherboard I bought in January I get to send that back and get a SLI capable board for just a few bucks more.

    Do Intel boards support AMD Crossfire? Will this one work? I don't need a full ATX board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-495-_-Product
    Yeah, you can crossfire with that board.

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3855#sp

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    Yup, what Kenshiro said.
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    Considering that one Radeon 6970 is just 80 bucks less (at the store I'm ordering from) than two Nvidia GTX 560 TI, it probably doesn't make sense to go with a Radeon, does it?

    I should also have an EVGA 20% off coupon somewhere in my Witcher 2 CE box, so at least one of those GTX 560 TI would cost me less than 200 euros.
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