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Hey guys, I think it's about time for me to update my computer a little bit since it's been a while.

I'm looking in the 350$ - 400$ price range

1. 7950

2. 7870

Was just wondering am I expecting a huge jump in performance that I'm expecting or will something such as my CPU, RAM be a bottleneck?

Forgot to add, I play at the 1680x1050 resolution and with only 1 monitor.

I only want to upgrade the video card for now as I'm not looking to buy a whole new rig yet. Will look into DDR3, Motherboard and CPU in the near future. Critic me hard, I need good input. Let me know your opinions and give it to me straight.

I play BF3, MW3, Skyrim, Crysis 2, SWTOR, WoW. Just to give you an idea what I do. I just want to max everything out and have playable FPS.

I have an Antec 1200 case and good air ventilation. Overclocking for air cooling I can handle.

Thanks smile.gif
Edited by Sliptwisted420 - 5/7/12 at 2:35pm
post #2 of 31
One thing is for sure, you are DEFINITELY going to need a CPU upgrade, if you don't you're gonna have quite the bottleneck.

Other than that I'd say nothing else is holding you back really.
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Thanks for the input
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Motherboard says it can support AM3/AM2+

What CPU should I get so there won't be a bottleneck?
post #5 of 31
Get 7850 instead. 7870 is not a better buy for its price. A 7850 overclocked will easily match/surpass 7870.

As PsYcHo29388 have said, you will need a CPU upgrade as well. Get a Phenom II X4 and OC it to ~3.6 GHz. Update your BIOS before installing new CPU.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 5/7/12 at 3:16pm
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Preferably you're looking at an i5-2500k so it'll last a while before needing to upgrade again.
The 7950 will overclock a lot better than the 7870, and stock performance is slightly better.
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7950 is a lot better.
Look for sapphire,MSI,or gigabyte there.

Phenom2 960T Zosma is the best AMD cpu right now IMO.
It runs cooler and clocks higher than that Deneb you're looking at. biggrin.gif
May even cost less :lachen.gif:
 
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I OC'd my 555 to 3.6 Ghz from 3.2 Ghz btw.
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Looks good to me. Make sure to upgrade your motherboard's BIOS to the latest before putting in the new CPU. smile.gif
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