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Looking to Upgrade GPU or Whatever May be Bottlenecking my PC

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June 11, 2013 4:38:17 PM

Hello,

I'm looking to do some serious gaming in my PC besides LoL and WoW (i.e. more graphic intensive games than these). I don't have a lot of trouble running current games, but they leave a lot to be desired look-wise, and sometimes they start getting "choppy".

I have a $350 $400 budget for immediate upgrades, but I would be very thankful for any suggestions to improve my system in the future.

Here's my build:
MoBo: Asus P7P55 LX
CPU: Intel Core i7 870 @2.93GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6000 series (1GB onboard memory)
PSU: Corsair TX750
8GB RAM

I'm open to any suggestions (CrossFire or SLI too) and if the setup can support dual monitors, better yet.

Thanks in advance.
June 11, 2013 4:43:39 PM

770 what I would recommend, really good price/performance.
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June 11, 2013 4:56:08 PM
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There is absolutely no need to spend $400... You can spend $250, get 4 games and achieve about 85-90% of the GTX 770's performance, which just fine for anything 1920x1080 at max settings and below:
7870 XT - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you sell the games, this ends up being around a $150-$175 purchase. Use the money you saved to pick up a nice SSD if you really want to spend about $400:
Samsung 840 256GB - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

You don't get a tangible FPS gain, but your computer will "feel" a million times faster.
June 11, 2013 5:09:29 PM

Or if your gaming across both monitors, not one game + one desktop, a radeon hd 7970 wouldnt be bad for the budget, and there are some killer game bundles that come with it for free.
June 11, 2013 5:09:34 PM

Agree give the CPU you have I think the 7870 XT would be your best bet and it will not set you back $400.
June 11, 2013 5:14:46 PM

Although I would persoanlly choose a different branding. I've been hearing a lot about powercolor having... higher temps than other manufacturers
June 11, 2013 6:10:37 PM

Thanks for all the replies! The HD 7870 XT / SSD combo looks like an awesome idea. By the way, I just want to play on one of the monitors. Would a processor like the Intel 3570k help me performance wise, or am I better off waiting to upgrade to a Haswell with a new motherboard?
June 11, 2013 7:11:12 PM

jCarlo said:
Thanks for all the replies! The HD 7870 XT / SSD combo looks like an awesome idea. By the way, I just want to play on one of the monitors. Would a processor like the Intel 3570k help me performance wise, or am I better off waiting to upgrade to a Haswell with a new motherboard?


I run dual 1920x1080 monitors. I'm also running an AMD 955 BE and a regular non-XT HD7870. I can max out pretty much anything at 1920x1080 and I only game on 1 monitor. Your CPU and graphics card will be one notch up from mine. You should have no problem with the stuff you have now. An SSD will breathe new life into your rig and the new graphics card should be fine for the next year, at the least.

If you want to give yourself another little boost in performance, I would overclock your i7-870 to 3.3-3.4 GHz. That should be a pretty easy CPU to overclock. The 7870 XT should be very "overclockable" as well.
June 11, 2013 7:27:21 PM

iknowhowtofixit said:
I run dual 1920x1080 monitors. I'm also running an AMD 955 BE and a regular non-XT HD7870. I can max out pretty much anything at 1920x1080 and I only game on 1 monitor. Your CPU and graphics card will be one notch up from mine. You should have no problem with the stuff you have now. An SSD will breathe new life into your rig and the new graphics card should be fine for the next year, at the least.

If you want to give yourself another little boost in performance, I would overclock your i7-870 to 3.3-3.4 GHz. That should be a pretty easy CPU to overclock. The 7870 XT should be very "overclockable" as well.


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