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I'm wondering guys would my AMD 965 BE (3.4GHz) bottleneck the HD 7950?

please forgive me if this has been asked before
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Even if it does, it wouldn't be much and it would be such a large upgrade from a 4670, you will be in love.
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Even if it does, it wouldn't be much and it would be such a large upgrade from a 4670, you will be in love.

I know it would be a huge upgrade!! hahaha

I was planning on spending something below $300 if you notice my previous threads, but the more I read, the more I raise the maximum $$$ im willing to spend mad.gif
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post #4 of 13
It may be a little bit.... take that cpu to 4.0 and ur system will fly!
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It may be a little bit.... take that cpu to 4.0 and ur system will fly!

I tried that and unfortunately I couldn't get it stable.
Its stabled perfectly at 3.8GHz anything beyond that; the CPU goes crazy mad.gif
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post #6 of 13
3.8 is good! enjoy your system.
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post #7 of 13
It probably will a bit but it would still do AWESOME. There is a member here who had their 1100T at 4.2ghz and a 7970 was bottlenecked by it. He said it was a 10-15% increase over his 6950 and when he switched to a 2600k it went up to like a 35% increase in performance. Those were his words though.

In my case, although I didnt see an actual fps increase that could really be measured, my gtx570 on my 1100T at 4.2ghz on bf3 was mostly 99% but with dips into the 93-95% from time to time, with the 2500k its always at 99% now. Gameplay feels too close to really say there is a difference, but just some info to share.

Dont stress about it though, it will be worth it, Or maybe even a 7870 when its in stock since it seems close to a gtx580, actually seems in the middle of a gtx570-580 and will probably cost I bet in the $300 range, really depends on what your gonna do with it.
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post #8 of 13
Overclock that 965! Crank up the cpu and cpu-nb and get a significant increase in performance.

Have you seen the reviews of the 7850/7870 from the paper launch a couple days ago? For $100 less than the 7950, the 7870 is close to or equal in a lot of benches, and the 7950 really only pulls away at resolutions >1080p. the 7850 also is a strong performer for MSRP $250, which is in your original budget. When these hit retail shelves later this month they will be a strong price to performance option.
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Overclock that 965! Crank up the cpu and cpu-nb and get a significant increase in performance.
Have you seen the reviews of the 7850/7870 from the paper launch a couple days ago? For $100 less than the 7950, the 7870 is close to or equal in a lot of benches, and the 7950 really only pulls away at resolutions >1080p. the 7850 also is a strong performer for MSRP $250, which is in your original budget. When these hit retail shelves later this month they will be a strong price to performance option.

This.

Get this HIS one with the really nice rear exhaust custom cooler, overclock the dickens out of it, and you'll be a happy camper without shelling out $450 for a 7950.

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-684.shtml
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I know it would be a huge upgrade!! hahaha
I was planning on spending something below $300 if you notice my previous threads, but the more I read, the more I raise the maximum $$$ im willing to spend mad.gif

What kind of games, settings, and resolution are you trying to achieve? That really determines how much you should spend.
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