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Hi guys,

I am upgrading my son's PC from a C2D E7300 (Oc'ed 4 Ghz) and a AMD HD 6770 (no overclock) to an i7-860 that will probably oc to about 3.6Ghz-4Ghz. With that in mind what would be a good matching GPU for it, especially something more modern? I was thinking a HD 7850 or 7870. I am running at 1080P. Don't want to overbuy for the i7 but would like less power draw from the newer models.
     
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I'm running a i7 930 @ 4ghz currently with 2 670's. Now I'm sure there's a bottleneck but it can't be much cause I'm getting some nice performance out of it. Pretty sure the i7 860 is around the same performance as i7 930 (maybe a little slower but not much). With that said, a 860 isn't going to bottleneck a 7870. Especially when OC'd. I'd actually look into getting a 7950, you can get a really good deal on them.
Edited by bvsbutthd101 - 11/18/13 at 8:35am
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Those cards will be fine with that CPU, you could go higher performance if desired and still wouldnt see much issue especially ath that level of overclock.
    
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So really it is about what I am willing to spend then.
     
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That is still a very capable CPU. You could run the top end cards from both green or red team with zero issue. It's all about money now like you said. But if it were me I would hit up the wonderful OCN market place thumb.gif
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I don't think an OC'd i7 860 will have any trouble pushing a HD 7950. I wouldn't get a lesser card, though considering the price point there isn't much for another $100 I don't think I'd go higher at that pricepoint. If I fell into an extra $100 I'd consider putting it on the GTX 770 2GB or try to stretch to a R290. Leaving some extra on the GPU is not something I consider that bad because CPUs lose their relevancy slower than GPUs. I know the i7 860 has 2 or 3 years left on it. I know the GTX 770 has 3 years. I'd like to think the 7950 has at least the two years and if Mantle bears some fruit then I'd give it the benefit of doubt for the 3rd year for argument's sake. The HD 7870, not so much.

The HD 7950 is in the $215-$240 range and has 3GB of VRAM, ...and Mantle [knock on wood], I would say go for it.
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