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May 28, 2013 7:18:25 AM

Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme3
Ram: Kingston 8GB
CPU: AMD FX-4100 @ 4.5 GHZ
GPU: MSI Readon HD 7870 OC Edition
PSU: Thermaltake 500W
HDD: 128GB OCZ Vortex SSD / 500GB Seagate SATA-III 6Gb/s

Hi guys, in anticipation of next-generation games i would like to ask you guys what would be the best upgrade path for 600$ budget, I play at 1920x1200 resolution. Should i wait and see what the prices of the GTX 780 / HD 8000 series are in a few months before the release of next-generation games? Though.. i do feel that i may need to upgrade my CPU before i even consider getting such a powerful GPU.

Any feedback you are able to provide will be greatly appreciated!.

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a b V Motherboard
May 28, 2013 7:36:02 AM

Your gpu is already more powerful than the new consoles will be. You should just wait until a game comes out you can't run as well as you'd like. There's really no point in upgrading right now.
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a c 82 V Motherboard
May 28, 2013 7:50:09 AM

Never mind a GPU upgrade, the CPU is easily the weak link of that rig.
Upgrade to an FX-6300 or FX-8350, or go for a platform upgrade and get a Haswell processor and LGA1150 board.

If you upgraded the CPU to an 8350, you would have enough left over to get a HD7970. Though yes its probaly worth waiting and seeing how Nvidia's 700 series pans out, but from what I have seen of the 770 its just a clock speed bumped 680 coming in at a $500 price-point, so you would be better off with a 7970 anyway IMO. The 760Ti might be where things get interesting.
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a b V Motherboard
May 28, 2013 8:15:55 AM

Agree with the CPU, it's the weak link, a well overclocked 7870 gets close to a stock 7950 as long as the AA is kept within reason and with games becoming increasingly dependant on the CPU an upgrade there is likely to be a better use of money, and a great deal cheaper than a $400+ graphics card.
Not sure if that is the best strategy for a possible switch to Intel, though. Already OEMs are slashing the prices of their Sandbridge based systems to clear space, it might be better (assuming the OP wants to switch to Intel) to wait a while and see how prices for the 'obsolete' Sandybridge chips and motherboards change.
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May 28, 2013 8:37:22 AM

7870 is a pretty solid card at the moment.

I would upgrade CPU before anything else.

Intel is way better for gaming as you probably know already.

Consider the new Haswell coming out the 4th of june!
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May 28, 2013 8:42:58 AM

Thank you all for your responses.. I think i may wait and get the Haswell CPU. Then just upgrade my GPU when i come across games i cannot play.
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