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I am running the rig listed in sig (non-CF MoBo with AMD 1055t CPU and 775 watt PSU). I have started thinking that with skyrim, guild wars 2, etc now/soon available, I might upgrade the GPU. I would like to upgrade mobo/cpu but wife is not confident in me to do so - plus she just doesn't want the system downtime during install lol

Question is: what gpu should I consider that will show decent improvement over the 5870, be reasonably priced (400ish), and work well for 1080p gaming? I don't care either way nvidia or amd but reasons WHY you make a recommendation would be very helpful as I've been "out of the hardware scene" for a while and am not sure how well the 660Ti, 670, and 7950/70 perform and how much each goes for (and what price would make one a steal!). Thanks to all in advance!
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Guild Wars 2 is more CPU dependent. However, a GPU upgrade is best.

You should be looking at a 660Ti or 670. Those are the best bang for buck at the moment
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Originally Posted by TinDaDragon View Post

Guild Wars 2 is more CPU dependent. However, a GPU upgrade is best.
You should be looking at a 660Ti or 670. Those are the best bang for buck at the moment

I'd say 7950 instead of a 660 Ti. Give it a little overclock and you should be good to go.

Isn't there a price drop planned for the 7950?
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I'd say 7950 instead of a 660 Ti. Give it a little overclock and you should be good to go.
Isn't there a price drop planned for the 7950?

If there is, go for it

But the 660Ti does beat 7950 stock vs stock
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I'd say 7950. And no, the 660Ti is closer to 7850 / 7870 performance, not anywhere near the 7950. The reviews that show it close to the 7950 are using old outdated AMD drivers.
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I'd say 7950. And no, the 660Ti is closer to 7850 / 7870 performance, not anywhere near the 7950. The reviews that show it close to the 7950 are using old outdated AMD drivers.

I was wondering the same reason.
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If there is, go for it
But the 660Ti does beat 7950 stock vs stock



Um, no. 660ti vs 7950 benchies There are a few Nvidia optimized games that it edges out but the majority of games the 7950 is going to beat or match and overclocked its no contest. Not to mention the 3gigs vs 2gigs of ram and the 7950 performing better in Dx11 computing which bodes even better for future performance. Now looking at a 670 to a 7950 is a much more apt comparison.
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I'm going to say 7950 as well. 3gb of ram, price drops, and a year down the road when you need more umph, pick up another 7950 here on OCN a year or 2 down the road for ~200$.
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Guild Wars 2 is more CPU dependent. However, a GPU upgrade is best.
TinDa is exactly right about the CPU.

GW2 is going to run the smoothest with the fastest processor you can throw at it. During the last stress test a few days ago I was comparing FPS in different areas with guildies and between 5 of us, three had similar enough FPS with a 6870, 670, and 7950 in the mix but owned OC'd i5/i7 proccesors. The other 2 guys had a 6970, 580 and C2D8400, AMD965BE respectively and their frames were markedly slower. MMO's all seem to crave fast processors and GW2 seems to be no exception.

If you have a microcenter near you that would be a good place to get an i3 or i5 + mobo for a great price. Then I would sell your 5870 (and old mobo and proc) which shouldn't be too hard since they are still good for bitcoin mining and pick up a 660ti or 7950 if you can swing it.

P.S. its really not too hard to install a new mobo/proc and it can be done in a few hours including the windows install wink.gif
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OP get the Sapphire HD 7950 950 Mhz edition. fastest factory overclocked HD 7950. HD 7970 PCB. good cooler. excellent overclocker.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102991
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