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I have a AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE, and a single Radeon 7850 2GB, what is the next best step?

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  • 60% (3)
    Save up for a i7 + new MOBO and THEN buy the second 7850.
  • 20% (1)
    Buy the 7850 now, overclock my Phenom to 3.8-4.0GHz range and last it out till I move to a new MOBO and i7 eventually.
  • 20% (1)
    Other - Reply Please
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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi, I was thinking of getting another 7580, but I wanted to see if its going to be worth it. I am enjoying Borderlands 2 a lot, but in some places the draw distance is just too much for a 7850 so I was thinking of getting another. I need some suggestions for what will be my next best direction.

Now the problem with my MOBO is that it can only support crossfire and amd chip, if I want to move on to a i7 I would need to replace the MOBO as well....and that will be more expensive.

My questions is, is it worth saving up for a i7 + new MOBO and THEN buy the second 7850.

or

Buy the 7850 now, overclock my Phenom to 3.8-4.0GHz range and last it out till I move to a new MOBO and i7 eventually.

I have a 21 inch monitor, native res is 1600 x 900, but I am satisfied with it.
Win 7 64Bit

Current Set up
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz
CPU COOLER: CORSAIR H50 High Performance CPU Cooler
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU: ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
Edited by Abvex - 9/25/12 at 10:36pm
post #2 of 9
I would vote for getting a 2nd video card then over clock that CPU as high as it will go taking temps into consideration of course
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post #3 of 9
How hard is that 7850 overclocked? That, and the 965 should be your first consideration as everyone loves free performance!

Get the 965's NB clock up towards 3ghz, and then start bumping up the clock speed. That 7850 should be able to max out the CCC sliders. Then grab Asus GPU Tweak and have a play with the clocks, and voltage if you are game. 1.225v should be cruisy. That is what my cheapo powercolor 7850 runs at stock. 1600x900 isn't a tough resolution. Failing all that, then perhaps consider a second card, but either piece of gear is no slouch.
post #4 of 9
OP a single HD 7850 should be able to easily run Borderlands 2 at your resolution.

http://www.techspot.com/review/577-borderlands-2-performance/page2.html
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post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

OP a single HD 7850 should be able to easily run Borderlands 2 at your resolution.
http://www.techspot.com/review/577-borderlands-2-performance/page2.html

That chart is a little misleading, sure I can get up to 120fps indoors with the 7850, but that's not the point. I like to increase my minimum fps in places where there is a big town I am looking at from a distance, where the cpu and the gpu need to process a lot of props and items.

Here is there CPU outlook http://www.techspot.com/review/577-borderlands-2-performance/page6.html
post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abvex View Post

That chart is a little misleading, sure I can get up to 120fps indoors with the 7850, but that's not the point. I like to increase my minimum fps in places where there is a big town I am looking at from a distance, where the cpu and the gpu need to process a lot of props and items.
Here is there CPU outlook http://www.techspot.com/review/577-borderlands-2-performance/page6.html

Borderlands 2 seems to benefit a lot from a faster CPU like i5 2500k or 3770k. also performance scales beautifully from 3.5 Ghz with 65 fps to 4.5 Ghz with 83 fps on the core i5 3770k. I have never seen this kind of scaling with CPU overclock in recent games. Maybe you are CPU limited .

Currently you could just overclock your Phenom II X4 to 4 Ghz. Wait for Haswell to launch in Q2 2013 and grab a core i5. Haswell looks to be a significant upgrade.
Edited by raghu78 - 9/26/12 at 7:51pm
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post #7 of 9
Definitely overclock your 965... Try for at least 4ghz, it should help a good bit. I'm going to agree that with raghu78 in that you may be CPU bottlenecked, at that resolution and clock speed.
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dmac73 View Post

Definitely overclock your 965... Try for at least 4ghz, it should help a good bit. I'm going to agree that with raghu78 in that you may be CPU bottlenecked, at that resolution and clock speed.

I agree. Also, don't forget to clock the cpu-nb up, as that gives quite a significant performance increase. I would start by keeping everything at stock, and overclocking the cpu-nb towards 3ghz. You want to keep the cpu-nb voltage at or under 1.35v. After you hit the wall, or 3ghz nb, start multiplier overclocking that 965. If you can get that cpu close to 4ghz, you will be performing quite well. Also those asus 7850s are good cards. You should be able to hit 1050mhz on the core easily. Don't worry about the vram as much, 1250mhz (5ghz) should be more than enough, but you could go higher. If you grabbed asus gpu tweak, you could go even higher, but start small first and get to 1050mhz smile.gif.
post #9 of 9
@1600 x 900 resolution your CPU and 7850 is more than enough. I suggest you buy a SSD drive. It's the next significant upgrade for you.
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