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Old March 16, 2011, 09:21 PM
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+1 to 2500k
+1 to pro>evo
+1 to new heatsink
+1 to sell 5850 and get a better card
+1 to new PSU (but not till u get another card)
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Old March 16, 2011, 10:15 PM
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Thatsactually a pretty high load temp for a 212+ you might want to try reseating it or maybe picking up some better thermal paste.
Well it is not my rig but I used the thermal paste that was included and I'm pretty sure it fits well. As of now it is blowing towards the PSU instead of towards the back exhaust fan. I might change the orientation to blow towards the exhaust fan instead if my friend could get his hands off from his computer long enough for me to change his motherboard to the B3 stepping. Darn Dragon Age 2, Shogun and Crysis 2 coming out this month and he is reluctant to change it now. Will see if can get any more temperature improvement but considering the ambient temps here are already in the 30C+ range I'd say it is good.
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Old March 17, 2011, 04:41 AM
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Those are lousy results, you definitely had a bum setup there.
I had my 2600k running at 4GHz on the CM212+ at 30-35C on idle and 50-55C on load...
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Old March 17, 2011, 04:56 AM
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I'm going to disagree about the motherboard. The pro is as cheap as it gets with dual gpu support when it comes to Asus, but with P67, dual 3-slot-card-accommodating motherboards such as the Evolution and Deluxe are just a notch North of $200 and too good to pass if you care about the heat dumped on the top card. Too good to pass and a big difference if you plan on high end dual GPUs. I also can't see how a sound card can fit in the pro if you go dual gpu.

Upgrading from 5870 to 6950 for example will give you a 6% bump increase and cost you $250.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...5870,2872.html
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Old March 17, 2011, 05:35 AM
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Those are lousy results, you definitely had a bum setup there.
I had my 2600k running at 4GHz on the CM212+ at 30-35C on idle and 50-55C on load...
Well it is what it is. The results are as such till I get the time to actually tweak it. It is kind of odd as I've seen an AMD Athlon II X4 635 here at 24-26C idle with stock cooler and stock clocks. The same goes for a Phenom II X6 1055T. Not very likely for a better processor with a 32nm process lose to a 45nm process chip. I will have to remount the Hyper212+ and see whether I can get better temps. What is the surrounding temps at your place?

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I also can't see how a sound card can fit in the pro if you go dual gpu.
The rig that I mentioned with the Core i7 2600 has Sapphire HD6870 CF and a Creative X-Fi Titanium on the slot above the first GPU. Spacing is not a problem as the HD6870 has at least 1 PCI slot gap between the next HD6870 below it.
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Old March 17, 2011, 06:52 PM
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He's upgrading from a 5850.

Anyways, unless you absolutely have to run all game settings at Max, you're looking at spending $200+ (after selling your GPU) for a noticeable upgrade. The 5870 is on par with the 560Ti. Going to a 570 or 6950 is around $280-300 for that next jump in AA/tessellation support.

Personally, I would hold out. If not, I've seen 5850 gpu's on sale for <$150 before. Picking up a used one might not be a bad idea as well. Your call. :)
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Old March 18, 2011, 04:18 AM
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I am going to keep my 5850. There is no really big performance gains with the 6xxx series cards. I am going to hang on to it till the next round of cards make their way out next year. The way I look at it. unless there is like a 40-50% increase. I am not going to upgrade. I am not going to shell out $200 extra for a 6xxx series card with a 10-20% bump. Not worth it. On the other hand. Since my dual core is showing it's age. I think it's time to upgrade it. I see that with a i5 2500k or the i7 2600K. I see a big leap forward. The power supply probably will surfice for now. But I will upgrade it probably when I get a new video card next year. The case I am not worried about. And I could live with onboard sound as well, SO, I could probably dump the X-FI card as well. I appreciate everyones's advice. I am still open for suggestions.
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Old March 18, 2011, 05:53 AM
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NCIX just had a sale and sold out of a Powercolor 6950 2GB for $219.99 after a $20 MIR. The prices on them continue to drop despite their unbelievable performance (remember that at this time they can still be fully unshader unlocked and OC'd to 6970 levels).

If you are happy with the performance of your 5850 however, it isn't necessary to upgrade. I'd steer clear of getting a second one though, scaling on the 5850/5870 isn't nearly as good as the 6xxx have proven to be.

Keep in mind we won't see 28nm chips until Q2 2012 likely. Q1 seems hopeful at best.
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