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November 19, 2013 6:49:28 AM

greetings everyone, i am looking to upgrade my graphics card in my pc. i've looked around for infomation to this but i'd like some specific opinions.

i currently run

asus p8z68pro mb
8gb ddr3 1600
intell i5-2500k
XFX Radeon 6870
600w ps
120gb ssd ocz agility
1tb seagate baracuda

im looking to upgrade my system to play the latest games as well as i can, yet maintain a decent budget, i dont need anything amazing, just a smooth 1080p experience

i know my graphics card is outdated, however i am not sure about my motherboard. im looking for advice on what to do. can i get a good graphics card (150$) area or should i look into crossfirex? maybe i need a new motherboard? just looking for some understanding.

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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2013 6:58:49 AM

160$ can't run heavy games at max...ultra+4xaa will require at least 7950
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2013 7:05:37 AM

a1blaster said:
160$ can't run heavy games at max...ultra+4xaa will require at least 7950


I have the same card and I was playing BF4 and AC4 at ultra settings... You do realize that the 7870 XT is just a rebranded 7950 correct? The only difference is the VRAM and like 5% slower core.
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November 19, 2013 7:35:55 AM

Blaise170 said:
a1blaster said:
160$ can't run heavy games at max...ultra+4xaa will require at least 7950


I have the same card and I was playing BF4 and AC4 at ultra settings... You do realize that the 7870 XT is just a rebranded 7950 correct? The only difference is the VRAM and like 5% slower core.


most new cards say pci 3.0 however i think my motherboardonly supports 2.1 is this a problem for me?

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a c 183 U Graphics card
November 19, 2013 7:42:37 AM

There will be no problems with the motherboard.
Most likely the power supply will be no problems either.
Trouble is the cards that are close to your <>$150 budget are the HD7850/GTX650Ti Boost and they're not that much of an upgrade:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...
Realistically, you'll need to aim towards <>$180 for the HD7870/GTX660 to get any marked improvement.
The only HD7870XTs in the Partpicker listing by Blaise170 that are in stock are more expensive than the superior R9 270x which is currently <>$200-and is widely available.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2013 7:42:37 AM

Most cards are still using PCIe 2.0. The 7870 XT in particular is a 2.0 card.
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