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Upgrade Advice for someone very out of touch

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July 17, 2012 5:59:34 PM


Sorry for people who find these threads really boring - there's several about I know - I do apologise. Please move on and ignore me!

For anyone willing to help, I'm posting this here because I know there are knowledgable folks around who can help.

Right, I'm looking at doing a cheap as possible upgrade to my ageing PC. I will be using it for gaming but I'm no graphics or resolution snob - only play at 1600x900 although high settings in most games would be nice.

Current set up -
AMD Athlon 7750 Black Edition @ 2.8ghz
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB @ stock
4 GB of shitty DDR2 RAM
The cheapest AMD mobo I could find at the time!

Proposed upgrade - (cost of £310ish)
i3 2120
ATI HD7770 1GB or HD 6870?
Z77 Chipset mobo, probably Gigabyte D3H
8GB 1600mhz DDR3, probably Crucial ballistic

A couple of questions...
Will i notice a significant difference with this? Would it be worth just upgrading graphics card to a 6870 and sticking with my current setup?

For the actual upgrades themselves, this would be my first intel CPU but is it the best choice for gaming at this price point? Also, with the 7770 is this the best choice, would the 6870 be worth the extra £25 they cost?

Thanks to anyone that helps.

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July 18, 2012 10:39:35 AM

Dude, Difference is Day and Night.

Now, What is your Psu? you cant go cheap or old in this thing, this can pretty much, burn all your pc if overloaded. The 7 series use low power consumption, still the 6870 is better than the 7770 but not by much, Go 7770 and Please post your Power Supply Brand and Model.

BTW (7770 max everything at 1600x900 there are like 3 games that you have to go mid settings)