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I wasn't sure exactly where to post this so here goes. My current rig in my sig can hang with most games and does what I need it to do, but I know the inevitable is coming up, upgrading. My question is which route to take and when I should do so? My upgrading budget....is very limited but all suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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If you only have one monitor, I would recommend getting a second. Not for gaming or anything, but if you do work on your computer, it helps a huge amount.
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hmm to keep the upgrading to a minimum i would say your cpu is good till the end of the year but is due for a 6xxx series fx, and the 6850 is a 1gig? they have 2 gig 650ti's on sale for $150 on the newegg.. idk if your an amd/ati fan but they are 128-bit setups but my friend got one and it tremendously helped improve his performance over the 5770 paired with the phenom IIx4 at 2.9.. but i would say a 7850 2 gig would do you very nicely for a few more years : ) i am very happy with mine paired with a 4100 fx at 4.2ghz atm. waiting for my 8320 to arrive in the mail.
   
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What would the budget be, I know you said limited but I have no idea what limited is because in my case that is about 200 bucks.
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My current fx4100 is at an OC of 4.5. My 6870's are both 1G. Yeah, I would say around $200 +/- bucks. I do have a second monitor, just not hooked up.
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hmm well some are saying the zambezi is relatively 20% slower than the new vishera/ piledriver chips.. so assuming this information is correct the new 8320 3.5ghz is $174 but a 6 core is running about $130 average so that would probably do you a little good sseeing how the video cards aren't really out dated and would work nice. the cpu would get you better work and play performance from what everyone is saying. if mine would have came in easter like it was scheduled to i could confirm this more..
   
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The downside to upgrading the CPU is that I won't be able to use the old fx4100 in anything else but I do like the improvements to these CPU's 6300 & 8300. But it also falls into the category of an upgrade that I can afford. Now to the flip side I know I'm hampered with the 1G of VRAM on my cards.
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well assuming you can get $50-$70 hopefully for your current 4100 to someone looking for a backup cpu, but yeah the 1gb does hurt you and 1 good cheap 2gb card would suffice you. what resolution are you using? and the 4100 can get you by with a mild overclock to 4.0ghz : ) mine seems to like it real well on stock vcore and stay around 56c with a h50 and 60c with an arctic freezer 13 air cooler. : )
   
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i'm not saying one of these will beat both of your 6870's but it's definately a nice price to performance ratio, and has 2 gbs of memory still not sure if it's a viable upgrade..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500289

found another for around the same price with higher clocks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125446
you decide : )
Edited by WarMunkey - 4/2/13 at 3:33pm
   
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If you do upgrade the GPU then a 7850 can be bought for $180, then you could sell the other two and probably get another one depending on how much you sell them for, or go with a CPU upgrade for about $130 to a 6300.
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