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Thanks all for the comments, i am willing to bet this person will still cough up the same garbage.

This is his PC, it's not the worst, and yes it can play games, but a 290? hell no.

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition

ASRock AMD 780GXE MB

AMD XFX HD 6950 Unlocked to HD 6970

120 GB OCZ SSD HD

1 TB WD 7200RPM HD

Smilodon Raidmax gaming case

PC Power and Cooling 610W PSU

4GB OCZ Reaper Ram

Samsung DVD+/- RW

Motherboard, RAM, and processor ALL need to be upgraded in that rig, just to make full use out of his existing 6970. Adding in a card that's 3-4x as powerful as the 6970 is honestly just a waste of money.

Tell this person to upgrade board, CPU, and RAM first. Sell his old equipment (and even his old GPU), then use that money to upgrade the graphics card. Maybe a 280x or a 290 if budget permits at that point.

EDIT:
My old Phenom II x4 at 3.85GHz that I used to run (2.75GHz NB) was bottlenecking my HD4890, and even worse my GTX470.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

Motherboard, RAM, and processor ALL need to be upgraded in that rig, just to make full use out of his existing 6970. Adding in a card that's 3-4x as powerful as the 6970 is honestly just a waste of money.

Tell this person to upgrade board, CPU, and RAM first. Sell his old equipment (and even his old GPU), then use that money to upgrade the graphics card. Maybe a 280x or a 290 if budget permits at that point.

EDIT:
My old Phenom II x4 at 3.85GHz that I used to run (2.75GHz NB) was bottlenecking my HD4890, and even worse my GTX470.

Very good owners experience here, thanks Pioneer, i found the same thing with my old GTX 480 and a Phenom II 955 BE at 4ghz.
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