Solved

Have a radeon HD 7900 series, does this mono + processor slow things down?

Hi all;

I have a radeon HD 7900 series video card. It's an upgrade to an old system with this mobo + processor:

Motherboard: Gigabyte x84-DS4
Processor: Intel Core Duo e8500

My questions are:
1. Do I need to get a new mobo and processor to get the most out of this card?

2. What do you recommend I purchase to support this card? My price range is $250, but feel free to go over a bit if that's the smart thing to do. I'd hate to lose a bunch of performance trying to save $50.

Currently the machine is used for World of Warcraft and Starcraft II, Skyrim, and a few other games.

Thanks in advance!
3 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about radeon 7900 series mono processor slow things
  1. Best answer
    You may want to upgrade the CPU. I don't think it'll keep up with a R9 280 well.

    So a ECS Z97 Machine and a i3-4330 may do. This would allow you to an i5 or i7 for later.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ECS Z97-MACHINE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $221.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-11 21:16 EDT-0400

    Some would argue that for that price, there may be a lot better performance. So here:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $239.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-11 21:18 EDT-0400
  2. okcnaline said:
    You may want to upgrade the CPU. I don't think it'll keep up with a R9 280 well.

    So a ECS Z97 Machine and a i3-4330 may do. This would allow you to an i5 or i7 for later.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ECS Z97-MACHINE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $221.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-11 21:16 EDT-0400

    Some would argue that for that price, there may be a lot better performance. So here:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $239.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-11 21:18 EDT-0400


    An 8 core processor for $139.99. That's a jump to the light speed.. . I never owned an AMD machine but my friends have. I always considered them happy creatures. I think I want to be one, too. Thanks.
  3. Not really... a i7-5960X, in theory, would overpower an FX in just about everything even if it also have 8 cores. The 8 cores on the FX is weaker than an i7-4770K. And also, the i3-4330 combo has more upgradeability. But whatever, I guess.
Ask a new question

Read More

Systems Processors HD Radeon