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August 16, 2012 6:57:34 PM

So this is my current build, I was wondering what I should upgrade increase gaming performance without a ton of cost, I was thinking either a SSD or more RAM or crossfiring another 5770. Let me know what I should do! Thanks!

MOBO: (just got it yesterday)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 16, 2012 7:39:30 PM



SSD is going to increase your load times not fps. 4Gb is alright at this time.
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August 16, 2012 7:57:38 PM

Wouldn't it be better to Crossfire another 5770 than to completely replace my old graphics card?
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Anonymous
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August 16, 2012 8:13:35 PM

Crossfire does improve things, but issues are waiting. Noise, heat, extra power, micro-stutter, driver issues
I would move on, buying the 6870 new or used. Then list your 5770 on eBay or something. Search this site and/or google and learn more about the advantage/disadvantage of cfx.
The single most powerful card you can stick in there is always going to be your best bet.
Based on your current system the 6870 is a winner.

I am not saying don`t cfx, afterall it`s your money and time. I am certainly suggesting you read more about what you`re considering. Sure it sounds cool, pick up another 5770 new or used and double your game. Well, that`s what the 6870 is going to do, but with less hassle.

Whatever you decide for gfx, agree with CPU cooler along with at least a couple case fans intake and a couple exhaust
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August 16, 2012 8:24:51 PM


^^Words to live by.

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The single most powerful card you can stick in there is always going to be your best bet.

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August 16, 2012 8:43:22 PM

I wouldn't recommend crossfiring on that PSU, anyways. The total power it can output on its 12V rail is 450W, so with two ~110W video cards and a 125W CPU, you'd be cutting it pretty close (especially if it's lost any significant capacity since you bought it). Your best bet is to replace it entirely - the 6870 is a great choice, and the best card you can get for $160 new. If the 6870's too small of a jump for you, you could always grab a 7850 for about $230.
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August 16, 2012 8:55:56 PM

I've always been confused about the numbers behind the graphics cards, I mean I know it's like generations and what not but why is the 6870 better than this one for example? It's a newer generation, shouldn't it be better? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also, is there any point to the PCI express 3.0?
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August 16, 2012 9:28:58 PM

So, hope we have pointed you to things to spend your money on. LOL
GFX card, CPU cooler, case fans all add up to quite an upgrade. Continue to (re)search and you`ll end up with a decent gamer there.
Once you get all that in place, look into the SSD.


Enjoy!
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August 16, 2012 9:31:45 PM

Best answer selected by nubfish.
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