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Using AMD phenom 2 x4 965 at 3.9Ghz and AMD 7870 XT (see rig). Want to know which of these two should I upgrade, in terms of oldness, performance and for future use. Can`t upgrade both at the moment for some reason $$.
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Using AMD phenom 2 x4 965 at 3.9Ghz and AMD 7870 XT (see rig). Want to know which of these two should I upgrade, in terms of oldness, performance and for future use. Can`t upgrade both at the moment for some reason $$.
Definetely your CPU,your GPU is amazing!
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If I was in your position I would upgrade your cpu now and wait for Maxwell (or AMD equivalent) to upgrade your gpu. It seems cpu performance is only increasing ~10% each generation now while gpu's are constantly increasing 30%+ each generation.
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I'd upgrade CPU if I were you. It'll be a more significant jump, and likely to last you longer (depending on what you go with).
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post #5 of 21
I'm with everyone else. Your GPU is fine for the time being but the cpu could stand to be upgraded
post #6 of 21
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Great,
Seems like my CPU is old enough, but which AMD chips would you recommend that are not as old as my phenom and won`t be very old in the next 1-2 years or over?

I DO NOT FANCY INTEL CHIPS
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post #7 of 21
Yep, CPU.

Would be good to give a budget for your new CPU, and what motherboard you have. I couldn't help recommended one though, I'm an Intel guy myself. smile.gif
    
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Yep, CPU.

I'm an Intel guy myself. smile.gif
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by 21cage12 View Post

Great,
Seems like my CPU is old enough, but which AMD chips would you recommend that are not as old as my phenom and won`t be very old in the next 1-2 years or over?

I DO NOT FANCY INTEL CHIPS

Is there a reason you don't fancy Intel chips? Not to be rude, but is it just a budget issue or something?

You can't deny that Intel has the performance crown right now. If you could swing the cash, upgrading to an i7-3770 or something would probably be the most future-proof thing you could do (within reason).

I've owned tons of AMD chips: K6, K6-2, Athlon, Athlon X2, and others, but lately I swung over to the Intel side. Last year I designed a system around a free QX9650 I got (6 year old chip now), and it's still fairly relevant. I couldn't believe it.
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post #10 of 21
I'd like to ask the same question too having owned the 965 BE. Went straight to a 2500K and the performance / overclocking difference was huge.

I do understand though its like buying a whole new system.
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