Upgrading to AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 Graphics Card

I just bought a ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ w/ Radeon HD 4250 motherboard/AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Quad-Core build installed w/8G ram/Blu-ray/Windows8

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us.asp?Model=880GM-LE%20FX&cat=Specifications

I noticed Battlefield 3 is a bit choppy, while STOWR and SimCity5 look and load fine. I want the ability to play pretty much anything out there right now.

I was thinking of getting an AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 Graphics Card even though there is integrated graphics on the motherboard. If I do, can I crossfire with the integrated graphics or do I need to buy 2 of the faster 7970 cards to really benefit from crossfire technology?

Or should I crossfire at all? Maybe just upgrade and only use the HD 7970?

Before I start throwing money at this thing, I want to make sure I know exactly where I am going with it. I really am not sure how to maximize the system.

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
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  1. Have you gone crazy? You're rocking it out with integrated graphics and you want to pair that extremely low end iGPU with a top of the line 7970? That's like pairing a handicap in a wheelchair with an Olympic runner in a 3 legged race where each person ties one foot to the other. If you get the 7970, you can't crossfire with the integrated graphics and it will play anything you throw at it. It is $300 after all.

    Also, your CPU is a little on the low side for gaming, and would probably bottleneck the potential of one 7970. You don't even have two PCIe slots to crossfire; two 7970s crossfired is overkill.
  2. Louis B-1286508 said:
    Have you gone crazy? You're rocking it out with integrated graphics and you want to pair that extremely low end iGPU with a top of the line 7970? That's like pairing a handicap in a wheelchair with an Olympic runner in a 3 legged race where each person ties one foot to the other. If you get the 7970, you can't crossfire with the integrated graphics and it will play anything you throw at it. It is $300 after all.


    <<Total Noob here, not crazy just very very uneducated. So just upgrade to the 7970? and buy 2 yes or no?
  3. ive never heard of a 4170....a 4130 sure....any way your cpu is a fine cpu and i do belive a 7970 is a fine upgrade. or if ya wanna save some money a 7870xt/le is good to. ah i found a 4170 benchmark. this is using a gtx680.http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crysis-3-performance-benchmark-gaming,3451-8.html

    and a single 7970 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crysis-3-performance-benchmark-gaming,3451-6.html

    so i say go for it. just make sure you have the psu to do it with.
  4. Godsend77 said:

    <<Total Noob here, not crazy just very very uneducated. So just upgrade to the 7970? and buy 2 yes or no?


    You can't buy two, you don't have slots for two. You can only upgrade to one and that's all the graphics power you need to play any game you wanted at 1080p. You also need to make sure your power supply is at least 500W.
  5. Ok... perfect and thanks
  6. Besides. One HD7970 is damn powerful as is. It will probably be overkill, but if you have the cash, why not?
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