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I have been given this...

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The hard drive went out but I have a SSD to put in it, and am working on getting a Win7 disk to reinstall. Simply put I only play Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, and maybe Borderlands 2 in the future. Can anyone offer some GPU suggestions? I am pretty sure I may need to add 2G of RAM and also get a new PSU, but I am behind on all my tech knowledge and could use some advice to prevent bottlenecks and over spending.
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Get a gtx 670 4gb card or a amd 7970 or 7950 because you will need more then 2gb graphics card if you plan to have lots of mods for skyrim
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Get a gtx 670 4gb card or a amd 7970 or 7950 because you will need more then 2gb graphics card if you plan to have lots of mods for skyrim

This powerful of a GPU won't be a bottleneck with he current CPU?
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This powerful of a GPU won't be a bottleneck with he current CPU?

Am not sure about that but it will probably bottleneck the cpu. What you can do is slowly. Start buying new parts and sell the one that you have been given
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If you want to keep your current pc that was a gift i would suggest a 7870 and psu. If you get a 7950 it will bottleneck like hell (the 7870 or 7850 will most likely also, but not as much).

Can you put a better cpu in that mobo?
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If you want to keep your current pc that was a gift i would suggest a 7870 and psu. If you get a 7950 it will bottleneck like hell (the 7870 or 7850 will most likely also, but not as much).

Can you put a better cpu in that mobo?

It's possible I can put a new CPU in it, but moneywise I really can't justify it. I can get a 3.4Ghz BE but I doubt this board can overclock. Not woth justifying $100. Still a mid-range 7xxx (your suggestion of 7870 sounds good) and a new PSU will probably be my route, unless someone else has a brighter idea.
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It's possible I can put a new CPU in it, but moneywise I really can't justify it. I can get a 3.4Ghz BE but I doubt this board can overclock. Not woth justifying $100. Still a mid-range 7xxx (your suggestion of 7870 sounds good) and a new PSU will probably be my route, unless someone else has a brighter idea.

Might want to look at the Tahiti 7870s. The 7870 XT series has better performance and is a better deal for only 20-30 bucks more, and uses a gimped 7950 Tahiti GPU, than the 7870 GHz, which is still on Pitcairn chipset. thumb.gif A good PSU and a new GPU is definitely the route I would take to lower the financial investment. I am only pointing this out in the case that you wouldn't mind spending a little more to get more.
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The only reason I suggested the cpu was that my wifes old rig was a similar pc. It had a 2.8 athlon x4 and a 560ti 2gb was slightly bottlenecked by it. A 7850 is about even with the 650ti and a 7870 is better and may be more suited for a slightly faster cpu in the future.
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The only reason I suggested the cpu was that my wifes old rig was a similar pc. It had a 2.8 athlon x4 and a 560ti 2gb was slightly bottlenecked by it. A 7850 is about even with the 650ti and a 7870 is better and may be more suited for a slightly faster cpu in the future.

I'm sorry... thought you posted 7870! 7850 is a good bit cheaper than the 7870 and 7870 XT... I didn't think about bottlenecked components. My apologies.
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I'm sorry... thought you posted 7870! 7850 is a good bit cheaper than the 7870 and 7870 XT... I didn't think about bottlenecked components. My apologies.

The 7870 is a better choice if he plans on upgrading the cpu at some point, but if not then a 7850 would be a better choice.
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