Topic Title: Upgrade
Topic Summary: Upgrading from Athlon XP x2 3800+
Created On: 02/03/2012 02:06 PM
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 02/03/2012 02:06 PM
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technicalfoul
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Hi. Over the Christmas holiday I had a Radeon X1650pro finally give out on me.

The computer is an HP a1230n that's been upgraded to an Athlon XP x2 3800+ that was originally a Single core 3800+.

Just to get by, I went out and purchased the XFX HD 6670.

I know the card isn't being used to its full potential in this computer. So I've decided to upgrade from the ground up.

I'm interested in the AMD A8-3570K and FM1 motherboard.

I understand the XFX HD 6670 is able to be crossfired and I haven't read anywhere of it being crossfired with the A8 3570k. However, from reviews, I have read that this is the highest card to be crossfired with this Processor.

Well, I figured to get accurate information, the only true place would be here... an AMD forum. Plus, everywhere else, i get nothing but "go intel"... rather than actual help. Im not wanting a debate on what is better, i just want some info for my choices and options that strictly stay with an AMD based computer system.

I used the computer for some mild gaming, mostly Games running on the Source engine like Half Life 2:Source, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Day Of Defeat: Source, and the Guild Wars series.

I am looking to be ready for the Guild Wars 2 release, but they havent released game requirements yet so Im going off of the requirements of Diablo 3's release. Which look fairly mild.

My question is this... would the A8-3570K be an excellent match to this video card? Also, what motherboard would be a good suggestion for these two items to combine together that would work well.

Also, if this helps, I've purchased a Cooler Master HAF 912 case to use for this build.

Any information is much appreciated. I'm not looking to go extreme, just a simple upgrade that fits a mid range budget.

Thanks

 02/07/2012 02:28 AM
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Vantharas
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Don't waste your money the new Trinity APU's will be out soon. If you have to buy and can't wait a 3870K is great for overclocking. (30% increased GPU performance) While the CPU is sorta weak. If you don't plan on overclocking just get a regular A8. If you want to play with clocks get a K.



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