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Hello,

I have been considering upgrading the GPUs in both my systems the past few days and I wanted some thoughts on what my best options are.

My first system has a single 5770 and I was thinking about this card to replace it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121728

My second system has dual 5770s in crossfire and was I thinking about:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660

Thoughts? What about on the AMD side? I hear the 7850 performs well vs the 660 after overclocking.
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Best bang for the buck upgrade right now is Nvidia: GTX 760 and AMD: 7870 XT. They are both around the same price. SLI GTX 760 will net you better performance then Titan and CrossFire 7870XT will be better then 7970. Buy single card now, next card in a year or so.
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The CPUs in both my systems are rather old, so wasn't looking to go crazy.
The two GPUs I listed are about $350 after rebate while two 760s are $500.
Also, my first system has a length restriction.
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I haven't been doing my homework lately so I can't tell you about between the 660 and the 7850 (and im on the phone). But I can tell you that that CPU will most likely be a liability to either GPUs. I had the same cpu before but at 3.6GHz and tried a 670 with it... And improvements over a 470 were close to zero... But that also depends on what games you play... I benchmakred with Skyrim and Borderlands 2. Skyrim I got some better fps, but not much... Borderlands on the other hand, absolutely no improvement. GPU sat at like 30% usage rendering 20FPS... Same probably goes for AMD, but I'm not too into AMD CPUs lately... redface.gif

Why not a mobo + cpu combo upgrade, then later a GPU? Just my 2c

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I am trying to extend the life of my current systems as I am trying to hold off building a new system until Haswell-E or maybe dual IvyBridge-EP.
Edited by Seraphic - 7/9/13 at 5:09am
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