Possible upgrades for my Pc

Here are my current specs

Motherboard: Intel® H57 Express Chipset
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-860
CPU Speed: 2.8GHz (up to 3.46GHz With Turbo Boost)
L2 Cache: 8MB
Memory: 8GB
Memory Speed: 1333MHz Memory (4 x 2048MB)
Memory Type: DDR3 Dual-Channel
Memory Capacity: 4 DDR3 Slots Total (0 Slots Available)
Hard Drive: 1TB
HDD Type: SATA hard drive (Green Product – variable RPM)
Graphic Card: ATI Radeon™ HD5770
Video Memory: 1GB
Power Supply: 500W Power Supply
Application Software: Microsoft® Works &
Available Expansion Slots: Available: 0 – PCI-E x16, 2 – PCI-E x1, 1 – PCI
External Ports: (10) USB 2.0 (4 Front, 6 Rear), HDMI™, (2) PS/2, (2) DVI, (3) Audio, (1) High
Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)

Looking yo upgrade graphic card to a gtx 680. Was wondering if it would work after upgrading psu.
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  1. id say first overclock the CPU to 3.2-3.5ghz, then id get a asus 7870 at newegg for 229.99 after MIR

    the psu should handle it as long as its not crap. if you want a new one, get this
  2. why a asus 7870 and not a ati 7970 or a gtx 680
  3. because they will be bottlenecked somewhat. even without a bottleneck, id only really recommend the 7870 given it is the best bang for the buck.

    if you have more money then id get the 670 or the 7970. the 680 isnt worth it
  4. If you want extreme performance go for a GTX 670 or a HD 7970.The GTX 680 is kind of overpriced right now.
    And yes the HD 7870 really is the best bang for your buck but if you've got 500$ to spend, the HD 7970 is the way to go.
    Here's an article prooving that there will be no bottlenecking.

    And here's link to a really good HD 7970
    It's faster than a GTX 680 and also runs cooler and quieter.
  5. I missed your resolution, without it i can't (rather won't) say anything about the GPU.
  6. I suggest that you dont spend $500+ dollars for 680, rather opt for this 7870, will get u perfectly covered in resolutions up to 1080p.

  7. 3 possible upgrades ... first the memory... with 4 dimm slots avalible you could remove your current dimms and upgrade to 16gb.... 1600mhz ddr3 ram is pretty inexpensive at the moment and you should be able to get 4 x 4gb dimms for under £70
    next the graphic card... allthough the HD5770 is a decent card your choice of a GTX680 is excellent... however you would also need to replace your 500w psu with a branded 600w(min) psu with the required pci-e connectors ... also the HD7850 or HD7870 would be decent upgrades,and probally alot less expensive than the GTX680
    finally and possible if you can save money on the graphic card a solid state drive is a must.... i was sceptical about the improvements when adding a ssd until i bought one.... my system is totally different with insane loading times and boot times... and at the end of the day its like having a new pc .... go with a 128gb at least and look on the forum for the best controllers .... sandforce and indilinx are the most widely used and work well with windows 7
    personally i would go with a HD7850 and your 500w psu should be ok ( as long as its a well known brand and has the required pci-e connectors ) and a 128gb ssd ( use as a boot drive ) ..... this would not only improve your gaming performance but the ssd would transform your whole desktop experience ...
  8. An ssd would be an excellent choice. However I don't believe that you should spend money on RAM, the gains in gaming performance will be almost negligible.
  9. whats the difference between these two 7970



    Also my current psu is made by the FSP group
    so would i need a upgrade to power the 7970
    its says that the minimum is 500 watt

    how big of a difference is 100 gb and 200 gb for a ssd
  10. the sapphire one is cheaper and just as good as the gigabyte. get the sapphire

    the 7970 wont draw too much power

    not much other than the storage. also larger ssds tend to perform a little better
  11. I also recommend Sapphire 7970, is relatively cheap for the performance you get in return.
  12. so i assume my current motherboard is useable with the 7970
  13. yep
  14. i took a look at the ati 7950 which is almost 100 dollars cheaper than the 7970 while having similar performance.
    5-10 percent increase in performance for a 100 dollars more seem a bit steep

    so its down to ati 7970 vs ati 7950 vs the gtx 670

    7970 400 bucks or 380 with rebate
    7950 330 bucks or 310 with rebate
    670 360 bucks 10 percent coupon until 9/19




    also if any brands are better let me know but i want the price to be about the same
  15. the best bang for the buck would be this. just out of stock atm


    you can easily touch 7950 performance and play all games at ultra settings no problem
  16. the link doesnt seem to be working
  17. dude it still doesnt work
  18. i cant seem to get it to work so go to this link
  19. decided to go with the 7950 for 300 dollars with a free game worth 50 bucks
    so if i sell the game for 40 bucks i only pay 260 for the card. Selling my current 5770 for 60 bucks so i am really only paying 200 dollars to upgrade

    also 750 watt psu will work with my pc as long as it fits inside right ?

  20. same model but under a different brand
  21. oh lawd i brought it on neweggs and place order already any way to cancel that single order. Its 30 dollars cheaper on the link u post
  22. ok then. just that you bought the same product for more money
  23. well so i upgraded my gpu,psu and ssd
    what other upgrades are worth it
  24. not much after that
  25. ok i finally got my order in and found out that the ati 7950 has a 6 pin and a 8 pin power cable but i only have 1 6 pin cable. The new psu comes tomorrow but the wires seem to be fused into the psu and i cant seem to remove them from my current psu.

    Also i got a crucial m4 ssd and formatted it. But i am not sure how to use it. I moved my games from steam directly into the sdd but it didnt seem to help much. Should i reinstall steam and the games on the ssd drive.
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