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Hi everyone!

I am currently using this video card http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=4833002 and was wondering if it would be worth upgrading. I am running AMD Quad core 2.8ghz, 8GB DDR3,Asus Mobo.

I was thinking 6870 maybe? I need something with 6pin power connectors like my 4870. Would I see a performance increase by upgrading?

Thanks in advance!

Ps. I was also thinking of upgrading to amds hexacore processor 3 or 3.2ghz since the price is similar. Any Input?
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What quad core are you running? Depending on which model, upgrading to a hex core won't provide you a gain in gamin performance like overclocking your quad core to 4ghz would.

If you wan't to stick with AMD go with a 6950 2GB if you can afford it. Best bang for buck.

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Phenom II X4 925(2.8GHz) and I added this PC to my user CP. I am looking for an upgrade around the 150-200 dollar range.
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You should look into overclocking your CPU a bit, at that speed you likely won't be getting the most out of a newer card. This would be more beneficial and cost effective than buying an x6. Use that money on a better graphics card.

In your current price range I would recommend a 6870. It can be had for around $170 at newegg and is on-par with the more expensive GTX 560 (non-Ti) that sells for $200.
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Ha, I had that case! I hope that power supply is modular; I could never find room to fit the cables. And the heat management never worked out right...

Anyway, I have experience with the 6950. It's an excellent card; And it's only $40 above your budget. Potentially unlockable to a 6970, but if you feel the rest of your system is keeping up with your needs, there's no reason to bother trying.
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Take the money you were willing to spend on that CPU and add it to that GPU budget and get the 6950.
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I was using and Apevia media center case and I recently started gaming again so I needed a case with better heat management and this is keeping me quite cooler. I have never really looked into overclocking my cpu is this safe? What is a safe temp to be running my cpu at? I know this is probably wrong forum spot now.

I was thinking of this as possible GPU upgrade

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I never had good luck with the Smilodon myself; it was too cramped. Getting air to move in it was dodgy, especially with higher end graphics cards literally blocking airflow to through half the case. Based on my experience, I would not want to overclock anything.

Get CPUID's hardware monitor and prime95. Run prime95 in small FFT mode; check your CPU temps after a few minutes. Generally you want to stay below 55-60c load. Going higher is okay, but staying consistently that high is regarded as a bad idea. That said, I ran a CPU for a few years with no thermal paste (80c load; 50cish idle. Yes.) and it still lives in a friend's backup rig.

OCing, AFAIK, is generally safe until you mess with voltages - there are many tutorials available on this forum that can guide you.

I don't see why you'd want a 6870 when you can get an overall better 6950 for an extra ~$60. Your call, though.
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go grab 6800 series cards of get a good GTX 560Ti.either way you still have to clock your CPU on higher grounds to enjoy the GPU upgrade and scaling..
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I have been using speed fan to monitor temps and they are around 38-43 C when non graphic intense gaming.

Better option?
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