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What is my bottleneck?

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August 3, 2013 9:34:32 AM

So I just ran the Tomb Raider benchmark at Ultimate settings and got a result of 18 min, 33 max, 25 avg. I love the hair physics of Ultimate so I'm curious how much of an upgrade I need to make to get to an acceptable fps in Ultimate. If it's just a one component upgrade (like a gfx card) I can probably swing it but if it needs an upgrade across the board I'll probably have to hold off.

Here's my specs:

Windows 7
Intel Core i5-2500k 3.6 GHz
8 GB RAM
AMD Radeon 6870 HD 1024 MB
256GB SSD

Thanks for the help!

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August 3, 2013 9:40:02 AM

The bottleneck there is definitely the GPU. The 2500K will bottleneck in very few CPU intensive games, and it's nothing a little OC can't fix. However, Tomb Raider is not a CPU intensive game. You can turn on the hair effects (TressFX) in the video settings without turning up the rest of the graphics. But if you are in the neighborhood for a GPU upgrade, what is your budget?
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August 3, 2013 9:42:21 AM

Just a GPU upgrade should be fine. The 7850 is a good cheap card.
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August 3, 2013 9:43:57 AM

Mattios said:
Just a GPU upgrade should be fine. The 7850 is a good cheap card.


The 7850 is a great card, but it will not max out Tomb Raider at a playable FPS, as i own one. I suggest the GTX 760.
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August 3, 2013 10:05:28 AM

I don't have a price ceiling per say instead I am looking for good value. For instance the 6870 served my purposes for 3 years for $200 which makes me think it was the perfect fit for me at the time. However I am not against spending more if recommend specs will take a jump with the new console generation, and as new technology (like the hair physics) interests me. So basically I would want a card that would last me another 3 years. I do have an SLi/Crossfire slot on my motherboard so getting one card now and another down the road when I need more horsepower is also an option.
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August 3, 2013 10:08:10 AM

mrmitra said:
I don't have a price ceiling per say instead I am looking for good value. For instance the 6870 served my purposes for 3 years for $200 which makes me think it was the perfect fit for me at the time. However I am not against spending more if recommend specs will take a jump with the new console generation, and as new technology (like the hair physics) interests me. So basically I would want a card that would last me another 3 years. I do have an SLi/Crossfire slot on my motherboard so getting one card now and another down the road when I need more horsepower is also an option.


The GTX 760 is your best bet. It is priced at ~$250, and has the best bang for buck on the graphics card market right now. It should be able to max out the majority of current games as well, and a solid amount of next gen games as well.
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August 3, 2013 10:18:30 AM

The HD7850 isn't much of a jump over the HD6870.
The HTX770 on the other hand is a massive leap in performance.

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August 3, 2013 2:40:16 PM

expl0itfinder said:
mrmitra said:
I don't have a price ceiling per say instead I am looking for good value. For instance the 6870 served my purposes for 3 years for $200 which makes me think it was the perfect fit for me at the time. However I am not against spending more if recommend specs will take a jump with the new console generation, and as new technology (like the hair physics) interests me. So basically I would want a card that would last me another 3 years. I do have an SLi/Crossfire slot on my motherboard so getting one card now and another down the road when I need more horsepower is also an option.


The GTX 760 is your best bet. It is priced at ~$250, and has the best bang for buck on the graphics card market right now. It should be able to max out the majority of current games as well, and a solid amount of next gen games as well.


Thanks, gonna look at getting a 760 or 770.
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