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Phenom 965 GPU upgrade or a new system?

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a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 8:54:57 PM

I have the following system:

CPU: AMD Phenom x4 965
RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR3 1333MHz CAS 9
MOBO: Gigabyte 790GPT-UD3H
GPU: Sapphire 6870
PSU: Xigmatek NRP-MC651

It has served me very well over 2 yrs, and I've upgraded once before, from a x2 550 to a 965 first and a 4890 to this current 6870 a bit over a year past. I was thinking of building a new Ivy Bridge build, but should I just upgrade to a 7870, wait for Piledriver and carry the GPU over? Any bottlenecks?
April 11, 2012 9:08:09 PM

Honestly? i see little to no reason for you to upgrade anytime soon, what do you use the system for? what resolution?

The GPU is rather good and it might be worth just Cross-firing it and saving yourself a bit of cash then going for a system overhaul next 1-2 years when newer and better tech is available because atm you have a very nice setup
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a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 9:13:05 PM

Only for gaming @ 1080p. I have a separate system for work. Nothing on this box but games and drivers. I'd prefer not to mess with Crossfire. I was thinking of using this system with a 7870 for at least another year.
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April 11, 2012 9:29:50 PM

At 1080p then yeah feel free to upgrade to a 7870 or GTX 680 (they are cheaper and better atm) as you will certainly notice a difference but wait and see what next year brings in terms of CPU's for a good system upgrade.
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a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 9:32:21 PM

Smeg45 said:
Only for gaming @ 1080p. I have a separate system for work. Nothing on this box but games and drivers. I'd prefer not to mess with Crossfire. I was thinking of using this system with a 7870 for at least another year.


This is a nice setup, and agree with the other poster that it is not crying for an upgrade.
However, that being said....The HD 7870 would be a good upgrade. I don't believe you will see any bottlenecks with that CPU. Is it overclocked?

You hear a lot on these forums about bottlenecks these days, and it seems to me much of what is said is purely speculation. I am hard pressed to find any actual benchmark articles that support these bottleneck claims. Even my 2 cents is based on conjecture. I wish I had actual evidence for you. I did find this forum thread that touches on your question and might help you decide:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1236749/could-a-a-phenom-ii-...
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a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 9:38:24 PM

I would overclock but I don't think I need it, and this mobo only has 4 phases anyway. I might give it a shot today though. I'll get the Sapphire 7870 GHz edition that is clocked up to 1050/5000 and build a fresh system when its required, probably towards the end of 2013.
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April 11, 2012 9:43:09 PM

Yeah as the poster above has said don't worry about bottle-necking.

First of all that CPU should handle it fine, Secondly you can overclock it happily and thirdly the bottle-necking would only ever hamper Bench test scores, you will physically rarely see it yourself unless you went for a old CPU and brand new GPU
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a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 9:44:53 PM

Thanks for all the replies! I'll stick with the GPU upgrade and leave the rest for quite a while yet.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 9:46:48 PM

the system looks good for at least 2 more years.
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2012 6:54:59 AM

I've overclocked my 965 to 3.8GHz @ 1.4v and its solid. Ran 2hrs Prime95 then 2hrs of Black Ops and everything is good. So no bottleneck there. I'll up the GPU to a 7950 and overclock that too.
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2012 9:25:20 AM

id hold onto your phenom2, overclock it if u can and wait for pile driver.

feel free to get a better videocard, though the one u have now is pretty good.
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2013 5:45:32 AM

yup overclock the processor and get the hd7870 and try to stay within hd7870
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