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January 2, 2013 10:51:50 AM

Hi,

First off here is my system:

i5 3570k @ stock 3.4Ghz
HD 7850 XFX 2GB (single fan) http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7850-c...
asrock extreme4 mobo
600w OCZ PSU
8gb corsair vengance @ 1600Mhz

I managed to OC my hd 7850 yesterday up to 960 Mhz and its memory to 1250 mhz keeping it stable. Its temps are around 73C on full load with the fan at around 70-75%.

I am on a tight budget of around £40 ($65). My PC is mainly for gaming. I play skyrim and Far cry 3 on ultra and these are the games where I want more FPS on.

Here are my options:

1. buy an aftermarket cooler for my GPU and OC it more to get more performance.
The cooler I had in mind was the:
Cooling Accelero TwinTurbo Pro II

or

2. buy an aftermarket cooler for my CPU and start overclocking it.
The cooler I had in mind was the:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

What will give the best performance increase? What is the best cooler to go for?

Thanks in advance :) 
a b K Overclocking
January 2, 2013 11:10:49 AM

You do realize your only going to gain 5 to 10fps either way correct ?
January 2, 2013 11:17:04 AM

bigcyco1 said:
You do realize your only going to gain 5 to 10fps either way correct ?


Yeh, but that gain would make skyrim much more playable on ultra
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a b K Overclocking
January 2, 2013 11:46:11 AM

GaMe II Ov3r said:
Yeh, but that gain would make skyrim much more playable on ultra
o.k. just checking you realized that i know my friend thought by overclocking his cpu and gpu he was going to get 25 to 50 more fps :pt1cable:  :lol:  poor guy. what are you getting with 7850 you should get around 30 -40 fps
on ultra
January 2, 2013 12:17:08 PM

bigcyco1 said:
o.k. just checking you realized that i know my friend thought by overclocking his cpu and gpu he was going to get 25 to 50 more fps :pt1cable:  :lol:  poor guy. what are you getting with 7850 you should get around 30 -40 fps
on ultra


Haha I wish I could get an extra 25-50 fps :lol: 

Yeh, with my recent gpu OC I am geting around 40 fps on far cry and I would say 30-35ish on skyrim (havent measured it). I am running alot of graphics mods on skyrim so my performance isnt the best, thats why i would like just that extra bit of performance.
a b K Overclocking
January 2, 2013 6:08:53 PM

I am not sure which would help more personally i would just get aftermaket cpu cooler and save up for a 7950 you be able to play those game on ultra 50-60fps.
January 2, 2013 7:07:08 PM

bigcyco1 said:
I am not sure which would help more personally i would just get aftermaket cpu cooler and save up for a 7950 you be able to play those game on ultra 50-60fps.


I would do that but I just bought the 7850 last week :ouch: 
a b K Overclocking
January 2, 2013 7:10:56 PM

GaMe II Ov3r said:
I would do that but I just bought the 7850 last week :ouch: 
Send it back :lol:  kidding i do not know what to tell you except life sucks sometimes.
January 2, 2013 7:46:40 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Send it back :lol:  kidding i do not know what to tell you except life sucks sometimes.


haha ur right there :lol: 
a b K Overclocking
January 5, 2013 9:46:13 PM

you should be able to play skyrim on ultra with 60fps with that setup. if anything OC the GPU more, but you wont get much more out of it than you already have. the 3570k will not be a bottleneck there. Best just to turn down AA or something to get the fps up.
January 6, 2013 10:38:09 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
you should be able to play skyrim on ultra with 60fps with that setup. if anything OC the GPU more, but you wont get much more out of it than you already have. the 3570k will not be a bottleneck there. Best just to turn down AA or something to get the fps up.


Thanks for the reply, yeh ive turned down AA a tad for a small boost, I think the reason my FPS s low is because I am running a lot of mods and a ENB. I was wanting to OC to try and preserve the visual quality and get slightly higher fps
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