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Should I upgrade my AMD x4 955 or get a new GPU?

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July 13, 2012 10:48:25 PM

This was my first PC build and I am quite happy with the way it turned out. However, time has passed (2 1/2 years since build date) and I was hoping to upgrade my GPU to the new Nvidia GTX 670 from my ATI 5850 to increase gaming performance. Here is a list of the games I am currently playing: Total War Series (anxiously awaiting Rome 2), Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Fallout; New Vegas, and Civ 5 all @ 1920x1080

Current specs are as follows:

CPU- AMD x4 955 @ 3.6 GHZ -C3 revision-stock voltage (1.4)

CPU COOLER- XIGMATEK HDT-SI283

MOBO- ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3

RAM- 4GB G.SKILL DDR3 1600

GPU- GIGABYTE ATI 5850 1GB

PSU- CORSAIR TX-750 watt

I was initially going to purchase the GTX 670 but then I heard it may be bottlenecked by my CPU. So I began looking for deals on a CPU and MOBO and Microcenter is offering a I5 2500k + ASUS P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 MOBO @ $250 after a $20 dollar rebate. This looks like a great deal considering a similiar offer from Newegg would be $300+.

So my question to you guys would be: Should I go ahead and purchase the GTX 670 at $400 or should I get the i5 2500k + MOBO for $250?





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July 13, 2012 10:57:24 PM

Get a 670 and overclock.

First go to Microcenter(make sure you're a member), buy a bag of chips for $1.

Come back when the 5% coupon is valid.

Buy your 670 with 5% off, which is ~$20 saved!
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July 13, 2012 11:11:36 PM

Would there be a substantial bottleneck with my AMD x4 955?
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July 13, 2012 11:13:42 PM

Not if you overclock.
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July 13, 2012 11:16:19 PM

Gmoney39513 said:
This was my first PC build and I am quite happy with the way it turned out. However, time has passed (2 1/2 years since build date) and I was hoping to upgrade my GPU to the new Nvidia GTX 670 from my ATI 5850 to increase gaming performance. Here is a list of the games I am currently playing: Total War Series (anxiously awaiting Rome 2), Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Fallout; New Vegas, and Civ 5 all @ 1920x1080

Current specs are as follows:

CPU- AMD x4 955 @ 3.6 GHZ -C3 revision-stock voltage (1.4)

CPU COOLER- XIGMATEK HDT-SI283

MOBO- ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3

RAM- 4GB G.SKILL DDR3 1600

GPU- GIGABYTE ATI 5850 1GB

PSU- CORSAIR TX-750 watt

I was initially going to purchase the GTX 670 but then I heard it may be bottlenecked by my CPU. So I began looking for deals on a CPU and MOBO and Microcenter is offering a I5 2500k + ASUS P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 MOBO @ $250 after a $20 dollar rebate. This looks like a great deal considering a similiar offer from Newegg would be $300+.

So my question to you guys would be: Should I go ahead and purchase the GTX 670 at $400 or should I get the i5 2500k + MOBO for $250?


Defo get a new gpu, and maybe somemore ram, i certainly wouldn't mind your rig then. When i look at it, it' what makes more think okkaayy, even if its just a 7850, if you get anything more powerful you might need to overclock you cpu though, but i'd say a 7850, run them for 2-3 years till they start falling back, then overclock for hopefully another 1 or 18 months more gaming.
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July 14, 2012 1:29:24 AM

amuffin said:
Not if you overclock.


I certainly plan on overclocking with my cpu cooler. The thing that worries me though is that some people say my CPU will be a bottleneck and others say I will be fine. I am looking for a definitive answer on whether or not there will be a bottleneck.
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July 14, 2012 9:48:35 PM

What about the ATI 7950? It is almost a hundred dollars less than the GTX 670 on Newegg. Would it suit my system well?
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July 16, 2012 6:49:15 AM

Gmoney39513 said:
I certainly plan on overclocking with my cpu cooler. The thing that worries me though is that some people say my CPU will be a bottleneck and others say I will be fine. I am looking for a definitive answer on whether or not there will be a bottleneck.



I can tell you with certainty that even at stock clocks the phenom 955 will not be a "substantial" bottleneck. You will easily max out pretty much any game at 60fps or more depending on the title. That's with the 955 at stock. The phenom 2 line is still a very fine gaming cpu. The only time you may run into trouble is a few select games that are cpu dependent. Games like Skyrim or Starcraft. Most of that bottleneck can be alleviated if you can get that 955 around the 4ghz range.

Now to fully answer your question. Will there be a "bottleneck" with the 955? Yes there will be. However it won't be noticeable to most aside from a few titles. Especially if you overclock. I say pop it in and have fun my friend:) 
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July 19, 2012 9:53:26 PM

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