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Faster gaming rig help?

Hi there, I am running a gaming PC that I think is pretty successful. I run almost all games on max, minus the obvious Devil's work, such as GTA IV. I was wondering if someone could suggest which would be the best way to try and push a little more out of it. I know how to overclock and have done before however I will only do this if it is a last resort and will change all fans.

CPU - Phenom II x6 1090t (six cores @ 3.2GHz, 4 cores @ 3.8GHz)
GPU - Sapphire 7870 OCed 2GB
RAM - Ballistix Tactical 16GB
HDD - Two 7200RPM @ 6GB/s. One at 5200RPM @ 3GB/s

Heating is not a problem atm, all components run cool enough under strain,

Thank you very much.
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  1. You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.
  2. kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    Cheers, it was only the AA I was dropping out off. I was wondering about Xfiring, I used it before on some lower cards. However my card is already quite usable, I was wondering if it would be best to slap in another 7870 or to use a less powerful, more affordable 7850. I am thinking this because I don't know if another 7870 would be overkill and perhaps too much heat or power consuming. However would a less performing card actually make a difference?
  3. Caleb Sandford DeQuincey said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    Cheers, it was only the AA I was dropping out off. I was wondering about Xfiring, I used it before on some lower cards. However my card is already quite usable, I was wondering if it would be best to slap in another 7870 or to use a less powerful, more affordable 7850. I am thinking this because I don't know if another 7870 would be overkill and perhaps too much heat or power consuming. However would a less performing card actually make a difference?


    You can only CF two of the same card so this isn't an option. The 7870 is quite affordable at $175 so it might not be a bad idea. It would certainly help with your AA! Heat-wise it should be fine too, I wouldn't worry about that. What PSU do you have? That's the only issue I can see. A 600W+ from a good brand should be okay probably but let me know!
  4. kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    kirilmatthew said:
    Caleb Sandford DeQuincey said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    Cheers, it was only the AA I was dropping out off. I was wondering about Xfiring, I used it before on some lower cards. However my card is already quite usable, I was wondering if it would be best to slap in another 7870 or to use a less powerful, more affordable 7850. I am thinking this because I don't know if another 7870 would be overkill and perhaps too much heat or power consuming. However would a less performing card actually make a difference?


    You can only CF two of the same card so this isn't an option. The 7870 is quite affordable at $175 so it might not be a bad idea. It would certainly help with your AA! Heat-wise it should be fine too, I wouldn't worry about that. What PSU do you have? That's the only issue I can see. A 600W+ from a good brand should be okay probably but let me know!


    My psu is 750w and more than capable to xfire. I thought this too. But my friend used two cards in the same series starting 77xx. So the 50 and 70. I have also read elsewhere that this is possible. But if I can easily get away with two 7870s why not eh?! Would upgrading my standard case fans to say artic cool ones and putting in a third worth while? I have a Trendsonic server case.

    Cheers, Caleb.
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    Caleb Sandford DeQuincey said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    kirilmatthew said:
    Caleb Sandford DeQuincey said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    Cheers, it was only the AA I was dropping out off. I was wondering about Xfiring, I used it before on some lower cards. However my card is already quite usable, I was wondering if it would be best to slap in another 7870 or to use a less powerful, more affordable 7850. I am thinking this because I don't know if another 7870 would be overkill and perhaps too much heat or power consuming. However would a less performing card actually make a difference?


    You can only CF two of the same card so this isn't an option. The 7870 is quite affordable at $175 so it might not be a bad idea. It would certainly help with your AA! Heat-wise it should be fine too, I wouldn't worry about that. What PSU do you have? That's the only issue I can see. A 600W+ from a good brand should be okay probably but let me know!


    My psu is 750w and more than capable to xfire. I thought this too. But my friend used two cards in the same series starting 77xx. So the 50 and 70. I have also read elsewhere that this is possible. But if I can easily get away with two 7870s why not eh?! Would upgrading my standard case fans to say artic cool ones and putting in a third worth while? I have a Trendsonic server case.

    Cheers, Caleb.


    That is a poor idea, because the faster card runs like the slower one. This means that you lose performance basically. Its a mess, so I'd stick with the 2x 7870. And I don't think its necessary. You could if you want, but if your temps are good now you should be fine. Worst case scenario is that you upgrade the fans later. I don't think its worth it. Hope this helps :)
  6. kirilmatthew said:
    Caleb Sandford DeQuincey said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    kirilmatthew said:
    Caleb Sandford DeQuincey said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    You could drop in another 7870 if you want. But how can you really get more if you are maxing out everything? I mean, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it noticeably better.


    Cheers, it was only the AA I was dropping out off. I was wondering about Xfiring, I used it before on some lower cards. However my card is already quite usable, I was wondering if it would be best to slap in another 7870 or to use a less powerful, more affordable 7850. I am thinking this because I don't know if another 7870 would be overkill and perhaps too much heat or power consuming. However would a less performing card actually make a difference?


    You can only CF two of the same card so this isn't an option. The 7870 is quite affordable at $175 so it might not be a bad idea. It would certainly help with your AA! Heat-wise it should be fine too, I wouldn't worry about that. What PSU do you have? That's the only issue I can see. A 600W+ from a good brand should be okay probably but let me know!


    My psu is 750w and more than capable to xfire. I thought this too. But my friend used two cards in the same series starting 77xx. So the 50 and 70. I have also read elsewhere that this is possible. But if I can easily get away with two 7870s why not eh?! Would upgrading my standard case fans to say artic cool ones and putting in a third worth while? I have a Trendsonic server case.

    Cheers, Caleb.


    That is a poor idea, because the faster card runs like the slower one. This means that you lose performance basically. Its a mess, so I'd stick with the 2x 7870. And I don't think its necessary. You could if you want, but if your temps are good now you should be fine. Worst case scenario is that you upgrade the fans later. I don't think its worth it. Hope this helps :)


    Thanks mate. I'll do the 7870 xfire if I have some spare cash. Appreciate all the help! :D

    Caleb
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