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Upgrading GPU With a AMD FX 6100 CPU

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November 16, 2013 10:56:35 PM

Hi There, I need some help deciding on a new GPU to replace my Radeon HD 6670.

The last thing I want to do is bottleneck my GPU, so I want to get the Best GPU for a FX 6100 CPU running at 3.6 GHz.

My Spec.'s
AMD FX 6100 @ 3.6 Ghz (OC)
Asus M5A97 MOBO
Asus AMD Radeon HD 6670 (Trying to replace with a better GPU)
8 GB R.A.M.
500 W Power Supply.

GPU's I'v been looking at buying:
Nvidia GTX 650 Ti
Nvidia GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
Possibly a GTX 760?

Would like it with 2GB and GDDR5


Games I want to Max out:
Need for speed Most Wanted 2
Need for speed Rivals
Grand theft Auto IV
Mafia II
Test Drive Unlimited 2
Grid 2

And I would like Decent settings on Battlefield 4.

Thanks for the help.
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November 16, 2013 11:00:37 PM

Budget?
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November 16, 2013 11:06:08 PM

anything up to the r9 280x (hd 7950) or gtx 760 should work fine without bottlenecking. as its an amd system you may benefit more when mantle arrives if you stick with amd cpu's and gfx.
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November 16, 2013 11:06:18 PM

THSNOTLEK said:
Budget?


Up to $180 or a bit more if its worth it

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November 16, 2013 11:06:51 PM
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The FX-6100 won't be much of a bottleneck on any card up to the R9-290X. I can put it another way, in no way that I have been able to see or feel has my FX-8350 bottlenecked my twin HD 7970s in crossfire. Together, those three babies give me a 3DMark score that is higher than you could get with an Intel i7-4960X coupled with an nVidia GTX TITAN. This means that my FX-8350 doesn't bottleneck two crossfired cards that are far more powerful together than a single R9-290X. I think that you'll be fine. Bottleneck is the new word for "boogeyman" and it is every bit as exaggerated. Every CPU bottlenecks supremely powerful GPUs to a certain extent but in order to actually see or feel it, you would have to REALLY have a weak CPU or you would have to have an exquisitely-badly-coded game like GTA IV (Which gives problems even on i7s so who cares?). I don't think that you'll experience any problems on any video card up to the R9-290X, and that's all that really matters isn't it?

Now that the "Bottleneck Boogeyman" has been put to rest, I can give you an honest recommendation based on your budget. Up to $180, the best card you can get is the HIS IceQ Radeon HD 7870 2GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I selected this one over the R9-270X cards in the same price range because the IceQ cooler is phenomenal, you get a $10 mail-in-rebate and you get two free games from AMD. I think that makes it a great value. It's the reason I bought my HD 7970s instead of R9-280X cards.
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November 16, 2013 11:19:24 PM

bottlenecks are the new bogeymen? i guess you have never tried to run a single threaded app with a high end gpu on a low spec game.
or tried to run bf3/4 with a dual core i3 and a gtx 560... just coz you dont see it on your system doesnt mean it doesnt exist.
bottlenecks are real especially with amd lower end fx cpu's just look in the games forum at 4100 and 6100 with mid range cards stuttering and spluttering because there bottlenecking...
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December 24, 2013 11:35:55 AM

HEXiT said:
bottlenecks are the new bogeymen? i guess you have never tried to run a single threaded app with a high end gpu on a low spec game.
or tried to run bf3/4 with a dual core i3 and a gtx 560... just coz you dont see it on your system doesnt mean it doesnt exist.
bottlenecks are real especially with amd lower end fx cpu's just look in the games forum at 4100 and 6100 with mid range cards stuttering and spluttering because there bottlenecking...

Funny how I played Arkham City with two old Radeon HD 4870s in Crossfire and a Phenom II X4 965 at stock speeds with no issues whatsoever. That means that the 965 was capable of running Arkham City perfectly as long as the GPU was competent. It wouldn't get slower with a faster GPU, so who cares? Perfectly fluid is perfectly fluid.
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December 24, 2013 10:12:17 PM

phenom 2 x4 965 clock for clock it actually has better single threaded performance than both the 4100 and 6100. funny enough archam asylum was the game they were having a lot of issues with.
January 25, 2014 4:14:13 AM

I had an AMD radeon 7950 with amd fx 6100.It bottlenecked my whole gpu.Maybe get fx 8350 or get intel.Amd Fx 6100 bad for gaming :) 
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