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my rig is a phenom II X4 925 at 3.3 ghz 16 GB hyper x ram gigabyte HD 6850 OC and an asus M5A97 EVO should i get a a fx 8350 or go for a graphics card hd 7870 tahiti? Any thoughts?
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If you are gaming for the most part...GPU
If you are doing a lot of music and movie ripping...CPU


Honestly I am not sure I'd even do anything with that system. A 925 is down there towards the bottom of what I'd call acceptable I guess. I guess if I rolled a die over it I'd kick the table to try to get it to land on CPU. So if you have a mixture of use I'd guess my vote would go into the CPU bucket.
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I was thinking of updating my cpu as well to the same one you re thinking of. Decided to upgrade my gpu instead and all games run smooth. But I do have to really push my oc hard now just to keep up with loading times other players have in company of heroes.
 
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if you can oc it to 4GHz, then you should be fine. Games that are cpu intensive like BF3 MP 64 will bottleneck a bit. SP and Co-op will be no issues. here is my Phenom with the 7970 . . .

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6396025

played BF3 MP at 1080 Ultra and 4MSAA just fine. Raise your CPU/NB to around 2600MHz.
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it is already overclocked from 2.8 to 3.3 and thats with a cooler master hyper 212 evo it won''t go any higher than 3.3 and stay stable
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Originally Posted by wayniac30 View Post

it is already overclocked from 2.8 to 3.3 and thats with a cooler master hyper 212 evo it won''t go any higher than 3.3 and stay stable

if that is the case, then i would just save up and upgrade both. rightnow you have a pretty balanced system.
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What PSU do you have?

You might need to upgrade that if you want some new hardware
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My PSU is 950 watts lol i upgraded that awhile ago just for future updates biggrin.gif
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