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My PC is my sig, everthing is there. I wanna upgrade it to play Crysis 3 Maxed. Right now I'm playing it on "High", while the highest setting is "Very High". I thought maybe adding a second 6870 and buying a water cooler for my FX-8120 and overclocking it a bit?

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 14
I wouldn't upgrade anything in that rig...though if you haven't gone water cooling that is an upgrade in its self. I water cool almost all my machines these days
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I don't really wanna spend money on a new rig though, that's the thing...
post #4 of 14
Overclocking AMD processors is just a good idea in general.

But if you want to play Crysis 3 with the best possible graphics settings (short of an upgrade/dual-card setup), get one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
and overclock it.
    
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if you got the plain jane M5A97 (non Pro or Evo) you got a 4+2 VRM setup.
the motherboard will protect itself but you will be limited in overclocking.

1GB video ram will hold you back in Crysis 3 with eye candy depending on resolution.
6780 crossfire is nice but I would go with a 7870 XT (Tahiti LE) 2GB card or higher (HD 7950/7970).

Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ MYST.(TAHITI LE) 2GB with BioShock and Tomb Raider $235 + shipping Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) PowerColor AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV2E Radeon HD 7870 GHz EZ Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB [newegg just upped the price by $10]
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I just ordered the Corsair H100 water cooloer so I can OC it. I am aware of the 4+2, I'll just just have to keep it lower and watch everything. I've got it for 80$ so I'd rather do that then buy another 300-400$ CPU since I'll prolly be buying the 7870. I think it's my best bet ^_^
post #7 of 14
PowerColor AX7950 Radeon HD 7950 Boost State 3GB - $249.99 after $20 Rebate
Free Crysis 3 & BioShock via coupon code

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-131-478&Tpk=N82E16814131478

if you can swing this. most bang for the buck. have fun with your upgrade.


fixed the typo i made. HD 7950 not HD 7970.
Edited by Heuchler - 3/23/13 at 11:30am
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post #8 of 14
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H100 installed, CPU and GPU overclocked. Though I'd share ^_^

CPU: FX-8120 @ 4.0Ghz Idle @ 13C and full load @ 26C
GPU: 6870 Sapphire @ 975Mhz Core + 1120 Memory Clock.

Can now run Crysis 3 @ Very High @ 15-20 FPS. Need more JUICE! =)


Currently writing a guide on how to fit the H100 on a smaller case that doesnt support it. ^_^
Edited by 11alliance11 - 3/27/13 at 9:42am
post #9 of 14
Gee, what a shock, you got the result everyone predicted. You do realize you need more GPU juice, your performance problems have zero to do with CPU, right?

P.S. Kudos on the guide... always nice to see people being helpful!
    
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post #10 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

You do realize you need more GPU juice, your performance problems have zero to do with CPU, right?

Yep, hence why I was only getting a cooler for the CPU and a whole new GPU to crossfire. /Read post? ^_^
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