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So I have a little money coming in spare and I'm deciding to upgrade my computer (See sig rig)

I've decided that basically i want either a new CPU or new GPU, and am thinking of the FX8320 or a an HD 7870 Tahiti, or a 7950.

I can only afford one or the other unfortunately so please tell me which would benefit me the most, i use this rig for gaming at 900p and minor Adobe (Photoshop and Illustrator) projects.

Thanks in advance guys, +rep to the helpful ones.
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post #2 of 17
You'd benefit most from a newer video card given your current chip / OC.
A 7850 would be enough for 1600x900, but if you plan on moving up to a bigger res then the 7950 would certainly be a great choice.
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thats a bit of a tough call:

my first reaction is to get a 7870Tahiti and get a bit of a "limitation" from you PIIx4 in some games.

then i look at getting a 8320 and help with adobe and seeing your @ a lower resolution the 6850 might not be so bad.

but get a better GPU if you want better performance gaming . . upgrading the cpu may help some at that resolution but i believe a better gpu will help more. but the big question is:
what games?
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i dont see any soon plans for a new monitor, i have an asus 19" at 1440x900 and to be quite honest it works nice, would the newer card bottleneck my CPU?
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I'm not as such a heavy gamer as i used to be, due to my system starting to fall back a bit.
games like far cry 3, skyrim, assassins creed 3 are likely to be my heaviest games right now, and none of these games will max out at that res
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i dont see any soon plans for a new monitor, i have an asus 19" at 1440x900 and to be quite honest it works nice, would the newer card bottleneck my CPU?
a new card could very well be bottlenecked by the cpu. how?

at a lower resolution such as yours (1440x900) the card will be putting out much more frames per second than with 1920x1080 because it needs to render much less pixels per frame
((1440*900=1296000 vs 1920*1080=2073600) 1296000/2073600=0.624*100= 62.5%)
that math is a little off because it may not equate to a 37.5% (100-62.5) increase in frame rate but i think it paints the picture.

so putting more of a load on the cpu whilst its also handling the game will cause it to not perform as well.
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I'm not as such a heavy gamer as i used to be, due to my system starting to fall back a bit.
games like far cry 3, skyrim, assassins creed 3 are likely to be my heaviest games right now, and none of these games will max out at that res

if your 6850 is doing just fine for you, then it would be wise to consider upgrading to a 8320 and then see if later this year, when the next generation of cards are out, how well it is still doing with a cpu that can handle any single card.
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Well I kinda have the same rig as you and Im also tempted into those 8 core fx cpu...
The cpu is not a lost for your resolution and even if you upgrade your monitor, the cpu will be good.
On the other hand, a new GPU is not a very long term upgrade as a cpu would be.

SO long term, CPU
Short term upgrade, GPU
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Okay, I'm going to grab an FX8320, and sell my Phenom 965, is there any specific date for the 8*** cards yet? I'm thinking use money from my birthday (October) for a new card...
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Okay, I'm going to grab an FX8320, and sell my Phenom 965, is there any specific date for the 8*** cards yet? I'm thinking use money from my birthday (October) for a new card...
If you are gaming the FX8320 isn't going to do much but a GPU would help you out better. But honestly if you want to wait for the 8000 go for it and get the CPU :]
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If you are gaming the FX8320 isn't going to do much but a GPU would help you out better. But honestly if you want to wait for the 8000 go for it and get the CPU :]

well getting the CPU first will eliminate any bottlenecks for the 8*** series, if i got a GPU now id probably already start experiencing a bottleneck
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