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Upgrade from AMD x4 970 + HD 6950 2GB?

Basically, I recently purchased Arma 3 and with my current setup I get very low fps 15-35 but usually in towns and when lots of stuff is going on 15-25.

Current:
XFX 6950 2GB
AMD x4 970 OC'd @ 4.00GHz
Corsair Hyper 212
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
OCZ SSD
Seagate Barracuda
850W PSU
1920x1080 Monitor

I want to get a new graphics card and cpu which will last me many years. as it seems with the games that have been released and ones that will be in the near future (BF3, BF4, Arma3 etc.) my current rig falls.

So for Christmas this year, as I have no money to spend as of now. I hope or predict that the prices will drop by then.
These are the new components I'm thinking of getting?

Intel i5 3570k
7870 2GB
Asrock Extreme 4 or 6 Motherboard


Considering I'm buying at Christmas and I want it all to be at least lower than £400.

Please tell me if you know any better alternatives and notify me if any upcoming hardware this year could be an option.

Thanks and this is my first post :)
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  1. I would actually recomend you getting a 7950 rather than 7870 maybe 7870le/xt since it a bigger upgrade.
  2. I'd get an i7 with multi-thread support/mobo/ram/ reuse the 6950 until it becomes useless. then pop for a much better card.
  3. swifty_morgan said:
    I'd get an i7 with multi-thread support/mobo/ram/ reuse the 6950 until it becomes useless. then pop for a much better card.


    I think I might do this, as games like Arma 3 are very CPU intensive whereas I haven't had any issues with my 6950, however I thought if I got the i7, would the 6950 be the bottleneck. But I would later update my card when I have the money or it is outdated :)

    Also thanks for the quick reply.
  4. it's funny how you come a game or 2 and finally realize there's a limitation in your machine ( which isn't bad by no means ). you can either make a substantial upgrade ( and you're in between a rock and a hard place ) with a i7...... or you can make adjustments to the settings and live with it.

    i have to be honest, is it worth it to you?

    the 6950 will then become a bottleneck yes, but will you notice it more with a faster processor that's taking up where the other lacked?

    is it worth it? is it worth it to ride what you have into the dirt?

    dated but shows cpu progression
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pcgameshardware.com%2Faid%2C687620%2FArmA-2-tested-Benchmarks-with-18-CPUs%2FReviews%2F&ei=co5pUbS1Lof50gGmsoDwDg&usg=AFQjCNHI5Zaecb5a6OAKfCA9oUdC6jvw-g&bvm=bv.45175338,d.dmQ&cad=rja
    more
    http://www.hardware.fr/articles/778-11/arma-2.html
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    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=10&ved=0CIABEBYwCQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rockpapershotgun.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3F5042-Any-tips-on-how-to-increase-performance-in-ARMA2&ei=co5pUbS1Lof50gGmsoDwDg&usg=AFQjCNEYfZvf4TYWswDgbF-JIqfH7ecR-w&bvm=bv.45175338,d.dmQ&cad=rja
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    I've heard that cranking up the shadows in ARMA 2 increases performance because it utilizes the graphics card more. Is this true?

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    [–]KamikazeSexPilot 7 points 1 month ago

    Yes, because if you put the shadows onto low, it moves the load from the GPU onto the CPU in an attempt to alleviate some stress from your GPU. So, it's not really the best idea.
  5. swifty_morgan said:
    it's funny how you come a game or 2 and finally realize there's a limitation in your machine ( which isn't bad by no means ). you can either make a substantial upgrade ( and you're in between a rock and a hard place ) with a i7...... or you can make adjustments to the settings and live with it.

    i have to be honest, is it worth it to you?

    the 6950 will then become a bottleneck yes, but will you notice it more with a faster processor that's taking up where the other lacked?

    is it worth it? is it worth it to ride what you have into the dirt?

    dated but shows cpu progression
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pcgameshardware.com%2Faid%2C687620%2FArmA-2-tested-Benchmarks-with-18-CPUs%2FReviews%2F&ei=co5pUbS1Lof50gGmsoDwDg&usg=AFQjCNHI5Zaecb5a6OAKfCA9oUdC6jvw-g&bvm=bv.45175338,d.dmQ&cad=rja
    more
    http://www.hardware.fr/articles/778-11/arma-2.html
    user
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=10&ved=0CIABEBYwCQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rockpapershotgun.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3F5042-Any-tips-on-how-to-increase-performance-in-ARMA2&ei=co5pUbS1Lof50gGmsoDwDg&usg=AFQjCNEYfZvf4TYWswDgbF-JIqfH7ecR-w&bvm=bv.45175338,d.dmQ&cad=rja
    user
    I've heard that cranking up the shadows in ARMA 2 increases performance because it utilizes the graphics card more. Is this true?

    permalink

    [–]KamikazeSexPilot 7 points 1 month ago

    Yes, because if you put the shadows onto low, it moves the load from the GPU onto the CPU in an attempt to alleviate some stress from your GPU. So, it's not really the best idea.


    Ive spent a lot of time tweaking settings in arma games, cant really squeeze a much desirable increase in performance.

    I'd like to get the i7 also for the fact, future games will be a doddle to run not just Arma 3 (even though the current optimisation in the Alpha is bad but you know). Just want something that by xmas is worth getting for the time and is good bang for buck.
  6. the high multi-thread i7's would be the way to go but they are EOL this year.
  7. Best answer
    Repost in November.
  8. coozie7 said:
    Repost in November.


    xd good idea
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