Originally Posted by Mutant Corn
Depends on what games you're playing. Many newer and/or recently updated games actually can use that many threads. ALL Source games can, and almost everyone plays one of those.
Yes, but with a single 5870, there is no need for anything more powerful than a 955.
OP, get a 5850, flash to 5870 BIOS. Boom, you saved $100 and it will perform within 5% of a true 5870.
Then, keep the money you saved from the CPU and the 5850 and use it to buy a second 5850, do the same. It will own a system with a Phenom II x6 and a single 5870.
Get the ASUS or HIS reference models for this.