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Upgrading my Gaming Computer Advice

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May 1, 2012 8:27:40 AM

So this summer I am looking to upgrade my current gaming computer a bit, current specs are:

OS: Windows 8 64bit

PSU: 750W Thermaletake

MB: Asus M5 A97

CPU: AMD Phenom II 1090T x6 (OC to 3.8ghz).

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H60.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2 x 4GB) 8gb 1600mhz.

GPU: Radeon HD 6950 by XFX

HD: Barracuda 1T

Running at 1920 x 1080 resolution.


Planned upgrades.

I'm thinking to buy another 8gb of ram since the current game I'm playing is RAM intensive.

Was also thinking of upgrading my PSU to a 1200W.

Lastly was planning to maybe get a 7970 or a GTX680, OR I can get a 6970 to crossfire with my current 6950, but not sure if I want that since my current card Idles at about 46C so two would heat up my case more and I predict higher gpu temps, and I dont feel like wasting money water cooling graphics cards that are 6xxx series.

So what do you think would be the best choice of upgrades from the above mentioned. I'm mostly iffy about which vid card upgrade to go with?
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May 1, 2012 8:35:21 AM

what type of case and case fans? how is the airflow in the case?
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May 1, 2012 9:53:28 AM

Why would you need a 1200W PSU? The fastest graphics card configuration you can buy today is a 2x GTX690's. That requires around 900W max.
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May 1, 2012 10:40:12 PM

Zero_ said:
Why would you need a 1200W PSU? The fastest graphics card configuration you can buy today is a 2x GTX690's. That requires around 900W max.


I agree - even 2 x 7970 won't come close to using 1200W.

I'd say just add a second 6950 - it's still a perfectly capable GPU - and add an SSD for a boot drive, that would be all I would do.
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