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3 years old pc - need help with new GC

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July 25, 2012 11:51:05 AM

hello i have my pc for 3 years now and two months ago my 4870x2 died, so i finally decided to buy a new one

my specs are:
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 920 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
Monitor: Asus VW220D 22"
Motherboard: GIGABYTE MA790X-UD4P
corsair 650w


i'd appreciate if you coud give me some advice of what newly graphic card could run normally on my specs
price range is about 350-400 $

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July 25, 2012 12:12:23 PM

For $400 you´d get a GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB, but your CPU is very likely to bottleneck the card.
July 25, 2012 12:17:32 PM

ah ok i understand
i have 400$ atm, but i understand i'm limited with choices because of my current pc specs

what do you think about SAPPHIRE AMD RADEON HD 7850, 2GB DDR5
could that work normal?
July 25, 2012 12:38:38 PM

Your CPU is still going to bottleneck. Your best bet is to upgrade in steps. Right now go with a fast/best gpu you can afford. Then save for a processor or motherboard/processor.

Don't worry about bottlenecking now, just take your time upgrading.
July 25, 2012 12:39:58 PM

I'm sure he doesn't care about bottle necking and he knows its already 3 years old...
This is the official spec of that card he currently has "1600 stream processors and 230GB/sec of memory bandwidth provide the brute power "

I assume he wants to run DX 11 Titles only (not caring about the bottlenecking comments)

I would recommend a 6950 (1408 streaming processors on board) or a 7950( 1700 streaming processors)

Both have large amounts of on board ram, the 6950 is obviously cheaper but the best bang for the buck.

Both cards will be more efficient and offer similar performance with your CPU.

I don't care to listen to these bottle necking comments. If the game runs comfortable enough at 45-60 FPS on high and in some cases maxed ultra settings in 1080p, good enough. If you want them to run faster that that, definitely get a new CPU.

I use a 6950 with a Q9550 and it does the trick with no slow downs in any game currently.

Either of the 2 cards would be a good upgrade to DX 11

7950:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...
6950:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...


a c 291 U Graphics card
July 25, 2012 12:45:16 PM

I doubt you're limited. Even if it bottlenecks a little bit, it will not make your PC work any worse. Just that GPU usage will not be at 100% all the time. And it will only happen on extremely CPU oriented games. Also, if you decide to upgrade your CPU in 2 years or so, you'll still have a very very very capable GPU. I still stay with my recommendation of GTX 670.
July 25, 2012 2:30:14 PM

I also suggest going for the best graphics card (value wise) the GTX670

Upgrade the other things later
July 25, 2012 4:39:01 PM

I suggest a Radeon 7950, but like the others are saying, your CPU isn't stellar. However, it shouldn't be a very big issue. I currently run a 6870 with a 2.3 quadcore, and it runs just fine. So if you're buying this with gaming in mind, I highly suggest the Radeon. However, that's just because I've always used and loved the Radeon series. Do take a look at the PSU requirements on whatever you choose before buying, though. I had to upgrade my PSU after blatantly overlooking it when I purchased my 6870. Good luck!
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