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What's the logical upgrade from a HD7870? I bought my HD7870 for $200 back in 2012. Which card is a good upgrade for around $200-250?
Currently I'm gaming on a 1680x1050 monitor while occasionally hooking my PC up to my HDTV (1920x1080).
Specs in sig, I plan to buy a new heatsink (Thermaltake Frio Silent) to get my PC clocked back at 4.5GHZ, a SSD(Emtec International Power Plus X150 240GB) and an additional 8GBs of ram (Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600, same kit I have now)
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What's the logical upgrade from a HD7870? I bought my HD7870 for $200 back in 2012. Which card is a good upgrade for around $200-250?
Currently I'm gaming on a 1680x1050 monitor while occasionally hooking my PC up to my HDTV (1920x1080).
Specs in sig, I plan to buy a new heatsink (Thermaltake Frio Silent) to get my PC clocked back at 4.5GHZ, a SSD(Emtec International Power Plus X150 240GB) and an additional 8GBs of ram (Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600, same kit I have now)

go for a R9 380x which is usually 200-220 USD

another thing you could is look for used R9 290's which are selling around the same price you have listed
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go for a R9 380x which is usually 200-220 USD

another thing you could is look for used R9 290's which are selling around the same price you have listed
Isn't the R9 380x a HD7970 rebrand?
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Isn't the R9 380x a HD7970 rebrand?

No , it is the full Tonga chip,GCN 1.2, you are thinking of the 280X which was Tahiti , GCN 1.0
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Should I expect 200% performance?
Let's say I get 30fps in the Witcher 3 with Ultra settings, I should expect 60ish fps? (remember I'm playing at the low resolution of 1680x1050)

I'm looking up benchmarks for the R9 380x..It really isn't that much faster than a HD7970...Which came out what, 3, 4 years ago? What's wrong with the GPU market?
I honestly think I'm going to wait...My HD7870 still runs everything beautifully at the right settings between High/Ultra.
I'll probably end up only upgrading my ram, SSD and heatsink...Boost my PC to 16GBs ram, 4.5GHZ+ (tested in past), and a nice quick Operating System (SSD)
Edited by paulerxx - 1/23/16 at 6:20pm
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Should I expect 200% performance?
Let's say I get 30fps in the Witcher 3 with Ultra settings, I should expect 60ish fps? (remember I'm playing at the low resolution of 1680x1050)

I'm looking up benchmarks for the R9 380x..It really isn't that much faster than a HD7970...Which came out what, 3, 4 years ago? What's wrong with the GPU market?
I honestly think I'm going to wait...My HD7870 still runs everything beautifully at the right settings between High/Ultra.

R9 290/ 390 will be nearly double the perf to your current 7870
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What's the logical upgrade from a HD7870? I bought my HD7870 for $200 back in 2012. Which card is a good upgrade for around $200-250?
Currently I'm gaming on a 1680x1050 monitor while occasionally hooking my PC up to my HDTV (1920x1080).
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If you're going to buy a GPU this late in their product cycle, get a placeholder card. That would be a used 280X (7970) or if you feel a little generous, a 290. Wait it out for next gen to see what kind of cards come out at what price points and their relative performance. I'm sure you would also not mind turning down a few settings to make the game run smooth which your card at that resolution should be able to do now as well. Also, if the main purpose of the rig is to game, I'd skip the RAM upgrade as its not going to improve performance in any tangible way.
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I'm obviously on a budget, why get a placeholder when my HD7870 runs most games at ultra/high settings with decent frame rates? My video card is already a placeholder..I have decided it's best to wait for the next generation.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1588481/2x-pny-xlr8-gtx-970-4gb

Offer the dude 220 shipped. Sell your 7870 for some cash and get a better monitor/ram/cooler. The rest of your set up is plenty strong.
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