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7850 HD or GTX 570 bottleneck?

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May 31, 2012 9:26:20 AM

Looking to purchase either a 7850 HD or GTX 570 soon, here are my specs so far:

CPU: Athlon II x3 455 @ 3.93 GHz
Mobo: MSI 870-g45
GPU: 5670 HD
Ramm: GSkill 4 GB
PSU: TX650 (recently upgraded for upcoming new gpu)
Case: Antec 300 Illusion
HDD: WD caviar blue
OS: Windows 7

Currently playing at 1680x1050 and don't plan on upgrading until monitor dies. If it does, will step up to 1080p most likely.

Was wondering at this resolution, will my CPU handle playable framerates (eg. avg fps = 40 - 50)? I play various genres like Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Skyrim, battlefield 3 online and GTA V when it comes out, only problem is I want to play at high settings, I don't care about maxing out. I was thinking about getting an I5-2500k but in that case I need to get a new mobo and might take me awhile so I'm trying to keep upgrades to what's most important. If I can keep my cpu than all the better and just upgrade my CPU later like when Haswell comes out. Right now, I think my GPU is more limiting.

Edit: just as a side note, I am willing to OC the cards but I will not crossfire/sli.

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May 31, 2012 9:36:12 AM

well.. HD7850.. is the better and newer card... some reviews say that its a bit slower...but thats probably a driver issue that will be fixed in future.. i would suggest u got for a 7850 as it is future proof. or dump in more cash and go for gtx670
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May 31, 2012 9:36:21 AM

Hi

I expect your CPU will bottleneck but You'll definitely get playable frame rates with either graphics card.
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May 31, 2012 9:44:13 AM

Rustyy117 said:
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I expect your CPU will bottleneck but You'll definitely get playable frame rates with either graphics card.


Leaning towards the 7850 as it is the newer card. Will OC'ing the card help increase the playable frame rates or not worth it until I upgrade the CPU? I heard it OC's very well.
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May 31, 2012 9:52:36 AM

I had Athlon II x4 635 @ 3.4 GHz , And yes it will bottleneck expecially in CPU intensive games or the badly optimized one like skyrim,GTA IV, starcraft ,assassins creed .. etc but you will have a huge performance boost in games like bf3 and other well optimized games
If the GTX 570 is the same price as 7850 I will go for it but if its more expensive I will definitely get the HD 7850
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May 31, 2012 9:54:14 AM

Unknownvirus said:
Leaning towards the 7850 as it is the newer card. Will OC'ing the card help increase the playable frame rates or not worth it until I upgrade the CPU? I heard it OC's very well.

Well I expect in most games your CPU will be holding back the HD7850 so increasing the performance of the HD7850 probably won't do alot, though in some games that are hugely graphically intensive like Metro2033 you may see an improvement from overclocking.
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May 31, 2012 9:56:57 AM

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May 31, 2012 9:57:33 AM

Thanks everyone for your input.
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May 31, 2012 11:15:17 AM

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