I use this machine to stream starcraft 2 and diablo 3. The 6950 is a great card but seems to have some issues running diablo 3 on its absolute max settings.
Why a low end AMD cpu that is beat by the i3? Also, the 560 Ti beats the 6950 just by a bit and is a bit cheaper sometimes.
Ignoring the fact that I don't know when this computer was assembled, the 965 has the advantage of being able to overclock, which would put it on par with/ahead of an i3.
That's true, but you could use that excuse for any cpu. You could say the 4100 could beat an i3 as well with some overclocking, but that would be a lot of overclocking. It wouldn't be a ton of overclocking with the 965 though, as it's not really a terrible processor.
So I guess if you're willing to really get some overclocking going, then yeah, the 965 would be a good option.
But I don't think the OP is overclocking, because it says it's running at 3.4ghz on the left.
I don't think that chart's anything to go by, as I'm pretty sure it defaults it to the stock clocks of the CPU. He's got no temps or anything listed.
Also, I really doubt an overclocked 4100 could beat an i3. Period. It might come close to being on par, but probably not. The 965, like you said, really doesn't take much overclocking to beef it up - an extra 400MHz gets you a nice bump, and an extra 200 on top of that is even more noticeable. 4.0GHz on air cooling is incredibly easy with a C3-stepping chip.
You'd have to do some serious overvolting, but I'll bet a 4100 could beat an i3. It would have to be over 5 ghz. Not really practical, because it would fry itself with the volts.
Heh, yeah, nobody's dumb enough to put watercooling or LN2 on a 4100.
dude the i3 sucks, period. I like intel and all, in fact im fixing to use an i5, but the i3 is just terrible and the 6950 is better than the 560ti and most games and application tough the 560ti does beat it in some things, but out of everyone ive talked to who has a XFX 6950 they say it is terrible and has alot of problems, Like at the top it said it had problems running diablo 3 and maximum settings, thats bull my 6770 runs it maxed out fine
The difference between the i3 and i5 is only that the two of the i3's threads are hyperthreaded, while the i5 has 4 real threads. In games that makes absolutely no difference, but it might make a difference in video editing or operations that take a ton of threads (like 3D rendering).
Even then, it's not a huge difference.
The 560 Ti is generally slightly more powerful in most applications. That's the generally accepted idea. Your 6770 will not run Diablo 3 maxed out. That means 1080p, ultra graphics, everything. 6770 will not do that, although a 6950 definitely could, if you have the drivers updated and everything.
recently i have learned that the i3 is not as bad is i thought, but i do use my 6770 to max D3 i play on 1920x1080 (well i used to, my monitor broke) it doesnt take that much, its not supposed to be a graphical game
Try overclocking your GPU? Catalyst Control Center comes with a GUI to do this. That might help your problems with diablo.
I like the green theme too. Very nice