Originally Posted by mongen
I believe a 7870 easily outperforms a 6950, and my 940BE is almost at full capacity trying to keep up with my 6950. You will definitely need to overclock your CPU, and even then, I think it will be a bottleneck with a 7870. I assume you're running a 1080 monitor...if you want to keep that CPU, might as well go for a slightly lower card, perhaps a 7850, and then OC the CPU as high as possible.
Sounds like you're new to OCing? Read some guides around here - you can start on the OC already while getting more advice on what to do about upgrading your GPU.
How can you tell that the CPU is having a hard time keeping up? In your experience with your 6950, what tipped you off that the CPU doesnt cut it?
I''m on a 1680x1050 monitor at the present but if i get decent hardware i may upgrade my Monitor as well.
I've had past experience but it wasn't pleasant, cause there was lot of trial and error involved, always worrying about the temperatures and wear n tear of the CPU, fans making lots of noise, so i became an advocate against overclocking. But now i see it may be an option in order to avoid buyings omething stronger. Besides that, Phenom aren't available anymore, and the best i can get without changing socket is a phenoxm 965, which isn't much of an upgrade tbh.
Plus My previous and only experience was with core i7 so AMD Architecture is different, and may have different techniques in practice.