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June 29, 2013 5:06:03 AM

Hello new here, anyways i currently have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am looking to get a new card for around $150-$200.
I love this card it has been great for past couple years now just feel its time to upgrade to something better.

PC Specs :
mobo - Crosshair Formula V
Memory - 12gb @ 1866
Phenom Black IIx6 1090 something OC @ 4.2ghz
Liguid Cooled if that makes a difference.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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June 29, 2013 5:11:36 AM

don't bother. I still use 6950's in a couple of machines. You should think about upgrading your platform before buying another card. Spendind $200 card will do nothing to help you.
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June 29, 2013 5:25:59 AM

Your card is pretty quick, and in order to upgrade you'd probably want a 7850 or faster, but a 7850 isn't going to be that huge . . . Maybe 15-20% or so.

In order to really feel like your new card is a huge amount faster you probably want to move to something more like a 660ti, 760, 7950 or better . . . the problem is that most of those are over your budget. That means either looking used, refurb, sales etc, or just waiting until it makes more sense to upgrade to a new card in that budget or setting the money aside and saving for a little longer.

Just as an FYI, I have a 965BE @3.8 (I think) and recently went from a 6870 to a 7850 due to it being a hand me down card from my main gaming machine, and I couldn't even tell the difference in most games that play on that machine due to any time the game was slow it was generally processor related anyway.
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June 29, 2013 6:01:21 AM

swifty_morgan said:
don't bother. I still use 6950's in a couple of machines. You should think about upgrading your platform before buying another card. Spendind $200 card will do nothing to help you.


Traciatim said:
Your card is pretty quick, and in order to upgrade you'd probably want a 7850 or faster, but a 7850 isn't going to be that huge . . . Maybe 15-20% or so.

In order to really feel like your new card is a huge amount faster you probably want to move to something more like a 660ti, 760, 7950 or better . . . the problem is that most of those are over your budget. That means either looking used, refurb, sales etc, or just waiting until it makes more sense to upgrade to a new card in that budget or setting the money aside and saving for a little longer.

Just as an FYI, I have a 965BE @3.8 (I think) and recently went from a 6870 to a 7850 due to it being a hand me down card from my main gaming machine, and I couldn't even tell the difference in most games that play on that machine due to any time the game was slow it was generally processor related anyway.



Ok thanks. Like the other guy said above should i just go for a new processor for now and wait on the graphics card till later.

Looked at the 7950's as i prefer ati stuff.
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June 29, 2013 6:23:24 AM

Your processor is not that bad, better than mine currently although I am upgrading to an FX 8350 when Rome II comes out and then I'll be done.

But it is true it's not worth the money for a new card unless your willing to go up to $249 where you'll be looking at the likes of a HD 7950 or a Nvidia 760.

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#sort=a5


Personally what I would do in your situation is run some benchmarks and see where your running close to a bottle neck or where you could make the most gains that will make a difference to your system.

Mine for example, I'm running a HD 7850 with a 8 GB Ram (Crucial Elite) and an Athlon x4 on a 720p LED.

My area of improvement is clear, I need a better CPU yours is a bit harder to judge so it depends on performance, run benches and see what's struggling more your card or your CPU.


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June 29, 2013 6:41:09 AM

I meant platform. not new processor. The only logical move would be an i5 or i7. an 8cor ( AMD ) will give you a few more FPS because of clock speed but it won't be earth shattering.
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June 29, 2013 8:43:59 AM

Thanks guys. I will run the benches tonight.

I have thought about going to intel, do not know much about their boards though.

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June 29, 2013 9:33:20 AM

kazeen said:
Thanks guys. I will run the benches tonight.

I have thought about going to intel, do not know much about their boards though.



It's really simple, for a gaming rig you want a Z77 + 3570k or 2500k, or Z87 + 4670k. Everything else is either you want some specific feature for some type of work you know it will be doing or budget considerations.
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