Re: i7 870 vs Radeon 6950
You have a quad with HT, it'll be a while before your CPU is a problem. If you turn HT off in the bios and your CPU is at 100% on all 4 cores then you have a problem. There are only two games I can think of that actually do this.
I know you said you don't intend on overclocking, but overclocking that gen of CPU actually has very good gains. Before I got my replacement board for the rig in my sig I was using my old standby which is an i5 750. Stock it did fine, but at 3.8GHz I actually got a nice boost while overclocking my GPU.
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