Will my setup be able to handle an Ati 7970?

So recently, I've been thinking about selling off my 6870 (Which is still working out for me) and replacing it with a 7970. The decision really sparked up after I realized that BF3 and some other games were completely destroying my card when it came to AA (which I kinda like to have on, cuz my eyes are weird). Could just be the ATI drivers, but nonetheless, I decided to just go with a single 7970 3GB Black Edition from XFX (

The only problem is, I'm not exactly sure if my current setup can handle it. Heres my specs:
AMD Phenom IIx4 965 Black Edition CPU @3.4 GHZ
8GB Ripjaw G-skill RAM
500 GB WD HDD (3.0 GB/s Black)
ASUS M4A87TD EVO Motherboard
Corsair 650 Watt 12 Volt Power Supply

If there's anything I need to change or anything i haven't mentioned, I'd appreciate any recommendations. However, being a high school student, I do kinda have a budget so if you could give me a store link for any new hardware, I'd greatly appreciate it :) .
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    For the most part your PC will handle the HD7970 just fine, I'd personally grab an aftermarket cooler for your CPU and give it an overclock just to get a bit more performance.

    What resolution do you play at?
  2. Only at 1600X900. I've never been a fan of big moniters. I really appreciate the help, but I do have one question. Since the cards pretty big, will it fit in an Apevia X-Plorer 2 Case? My current card fits with quite the bit of space left, and there's also a spot to pull out extra hard drive trays in case the card needs more space. Thank you again for your help! :)
  3. The product description of the case says:

    "High end graphics card support, the Gamma features space that is especially designed to fit longer 12" cards"

    The video card is 10.8" long.
  4. Ah right that's a fairly low resolution, my concern is that your CPU will hold back the full power of the HD7970 in some games, hense the suggestion of overclocking.
    Your case will be fine, but it looks like you will have to remove the HDD cage.
  5. :D Thanks. Don't know why i didn't go to the product page :p
  6. Actually, my motherboard does have the option to use a core unlocker, should I activate it after installing the card?
  7. Best answer selected by CuzinNiko.
  8. CuzinNiko said:
    Actually, my motherboard does have the option to use a core unlocker, should I activate it after installing the card?

    What your really after is increased clock speed rather than more cores as most games won't use more than four cores.

    If you do decide to overclock your processor then just create a new thread in the overclocking section and we'll give you any help you need.
  9. Thanks for all the help! I'll get on the overclock topic at a later time. I'm just glad to know that I can just buy the card without extra hardware.
  10. Why spend so much money for such a low resolution? Go with a 7850 or something, dont need a 7970 for such a low resolution.
  11. Well, if the card performs just as awesome as everyone says it will, I might as well get a bigger moniter. But its also because my current card can't handle certain games properly, so I'd like to make a long-term investment.
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