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Upgrading a 2 year old PC (graphics)

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i know my graphics card is outdated, however i am not sure about my motherboard.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.

Thanks
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  1. $160 will get you a very nice card capable of running almost every game on max or near max.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78702gbd52dhppv3e

    Your motherboard shouldn't be an issue.
  2. 160$ can't run heavy games at max...ultra+4xaa will require at least 7950
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Best answer
    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-review,review-32803-7.html
    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.
  6. Most cards are still using PCIe 2.0. The 7870 XT in particular is a 2.0 card.
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