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If I upgrade from my current build, will I get much improvement?

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June 5, 2012 10:06:53 AM

Hi, my question is simple - this is my current PC:

1 Antec Twelve Hundred Case
1 Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler
2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB ST31000528AS
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
1 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard
1 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5970 2GB
1 Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W
1 Samsung 2443BW+ 24 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor
1 ASUS DRW-24B1LT DVDRW Drive SATA
1 Intel Core i7 930
2 G.Skill PI Series F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3
1 Patriot Wildfire 128GB SSD

which I bought in April 2010 (added the SSD recently)

Also noteworthy, that CPU cooler does not fit that motherboard. So I only have the stock one on now

If I was to buy a new computer now with the latest and greatest, would my current build be left in the dust?

I'd like to know this because my graphics card is stuffing up (artifacts occurring, can't fix) so I'm tossing up between getting a new AMD 7970 or a whole new PC.

If i were to get a 7970, I would see myself buying a new PC in about another year or so from now.

And I'm not comfortable with overclocking, so I won't be doing that.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 5, 2012 10:28:16 AM

Personally, your PC isn't slow by any means and I would prefer to get the 7970 :) 

You would probably see some performance increase with a new X79 rig, or Z77 rig, but I personally don't think the performance increase would be worth the money.
June 5, 2012 10:40:05 AM

yeah that's what I had been thinking ;P but thought i'd check with the community 1st
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June 5, 2012 4:19:12 PM

Ahh, is my motherboard even going to work with the 7970 if the mobo is pci 2 for the graphics slot? :( 
a b B Homebuilt system
June 5, 2012 4:27:51 PM

Yes, it will work.
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