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August 5, 2013 9:14:14 AM

I have $400 right now that I can use for upgrades. Also I have the option to continue saving. I know a lot about computers and already have ideas about what I want to do but my own curiosity about what you guys might say has pushed me to make this thread. Anything worth upgrading yet for $400?

Some of these parts I've had since 2011.

CPU: AMD FX 8120(I was one of those people who were excited for bulldozer)

Motherboard: Asrock 880G PRO3 http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/880G%20Pro3/?cat=CPU (someone sold it to me very cheap because it had a broken sata port. I re-soldered it back on and it works and also it doesn't support sli but I got it to run sli with hypersli)(Another note on the motherboard is that the vrm sucks and I can't OC the cpu beyond 4GHz due to that)

RAM: 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(got it for only $30 when I bought it and they OC to 1600 easy)

SSD: 64GB SSD for OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (got it cheap too due to rebates)

HDD: 2TB HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (found it for only $69.99 in 2011)

GPU: A pair of GTX 470's http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (It was $20 cheaper when I got mine)

Case: NZXT GAMMA Classic http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 5, 2013 9:22:37 AM

I'd personally keep saving. There's nothing wrong with that rig, apart from the Bulldozer. You could upgrade to a 8320 or 8350, but in my opinion, that's quite a lot of money for quite a marginal improvement in performance.

Another upgrade could be buying a single GTX 760 - it's a bit better than two GTX 470s. Again though, that's quite a lot of money for a marginal increase in performance. You'd save a bit in energy bills though, I guess.
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August 5, 2013 9:23:25 AM

Nothing worth upgrading at the moment IMO !!

i guess you should wait for something better ( next generation parts maybe )

you can run all games at maximum settings with no issues i think !! ( am i right ? )
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August 5, 2013 10:01:39 AM

KareemGT said:
Nothing worth upgrading at the moment IMO !!

i guess you should wait for something better ( next generation parts maybe )

you can run all games at maximum settings with no issues i think !! ( am i right ? )


Wrong. Most games will run at max settings but the more demanding ones need more vRAM than 1.25GB. So the vRAM is limiting me. The cards only cost me $200 together. I bought them used on ebay. The GTX 760 is slightly weaker but has more vRAM and would cost $50 more than I paid for these. I would get slightly worse performance in games except for those games which require more vRAM to run at higher settings. On the plus side though I would use less power, there would be less noise, I would have 768MB more vRAM, and my computer wouldn't be like a furnace anymore.
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August 5, 2013 10:29:50 AM

The GTX 760 will perform around 10% better than your GTX 470s. That I can guarantee.

Additionally, it won't have issues with games that don't like SLi.

EDIT: Balls, nevermind. I found a comparison of GTX 460s in SLi, not GTX 470s. Can't find one for SLi GTX 470.
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August 5, 2013 11:05:24 AM

JRAtk94 said:
The GTX 760 will perform around 10% better than your GTX 470s. That I can guarantee.

Additionally, it won't have issues with games that don't like SLi.

EDIT: Balls, nevermind. I found a comparison of GTX 460s in SLi, not GTX 470s. Can't find one for SLi GTX 470.


SLI works wonderfully. Comparisons to the GTX 670 are here in the link http://www.overclock.net/t/1256780/brettjvs-470-sli-vs-...

As you can see... The GTX 470 sli overclocked to 800MHz usually beats a GTX 670 that's overclocked to the max. Still the GTX 470 has more room to overclock. They can go up to 900MHz. Some can go up to 950MHz. It's absolutely amazing to see that these cards perform so well.
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