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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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I think that both of those upgrades seem like good ideas. The order I would go in would be; get the CPU first because the 6850 is no slouch and that 925 is pretty dated, then uprade to a 7950 over the 7870. The 7950 is only $30-60 at some places and it is better than the 7870, especially if you go Sapphire because they OC like champs. I think that you may run into a bit of a bottle neck with the 925 and a newer GPU, but I am not positive. That is why I say CPU first though. Cheers.
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upgrade your graphic card first. you will gain more fps in games with upgrading
your video card first. gaining 3 or 4 fps from going x4 to FX-8350 versus doubling
your fps from going HD 6850 vs HD 7870 XT (Tahiti LE).

if you are running games at modern resolution (not 800x600 that some hardware
review sites like to bench at).

A x4 925 @ 3.3GHz will bottleneck a 7870 XT a little but you will have a better gaming
experience than a FX-8350 with a HD 6850. You will be either GPU bottlenecked
or CPU. You can always get a FX-6300 and overclock when you have saved up
after upgrading your GPU or if steamroller is out by then (and is compatible with your mobo).
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Get a new graphics card first and wait for steamroller.
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