How to Upgrade my Gaming Rig ?

Hi forum!

I'm looking forward to upgrade my PC to play on maxed settings, and Also Shogun II.

My current Specs now are:

P8P67 PRO REV 3.1
i5 2500K @ 3.3Ghz with stock cooler
Corsair Vengeance 4gb x2 DDR3 @1600Mhz
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB DDR5
I can't remember the trademark of the HDD, but it's a SATA3 7200 RPM 1TB.
An XFX Core Edition of 850W

What changes should I make?

The only thing that I can think of is upgrading to a Geforce 670 or 680.
Maybe also a cooler for the CPU ?
What about RAM?

Any of these purchases will really make a difference in playing games?

Im not satisfied at all at my 6950 performance right now... but what about a crossfire?!

Thanks a lot!
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  1. that graphic card should play that game easily at max settings, if u can find a 6950 cheap crossfire would be a nice upgrade :)
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    that graphic card should play that game easily at max settings, if u can find a 6950 cheap crossfire would be a nice upgrade :)

    Actually iceclock, it SHOULD also play Battlefield 3, and Shogun 2 Total war at max settings... and I have to run both on med/low, if I want to get 45+ FPS. Maxed out I get 15-30 FPS on both... so I really don't trust the 6950 series.

    I'll reformulate my question: "If i want to get a decent framerate (60+ fps); what should my next upgrade be?"

    My economic chances are:
    Geforce 670 or 680.
    HD 7950/7970
    Cooler for the CPU (OC'ing)
    What about RAM?
    CrossfireX of 6950s?!

    I can probably choose only one of the above at least now... and then wait til august, when Rome II comes out and check my rig's performance.
  3. well considering finding a 6950 isnt that easy or smart wise moneywise.

    id say get a hyper 212 evo for overclocking that gpu.

    for 30$ cant beat this at this price range.

    for ram id bump it up to 16 gigs as 8 gigs is like 45-ish and its 62$ ish for 16:

    nice geil 16 gig kit right there 1600mhz.

    and for videocard id recommand this for best bang for ur bucks.

    geforce 660ti 2 gigs 279 after mail in rebate. or if u got less money id recommand the 7870 for 220 ish:


    and yes all the above will give u a nice performance boost.

    and i dont think crossfiring a 6950 is a great idea at this point.
  4. Well, thanks a lot iceclock. I'll keep your opinion in mind, and probably go for those upgrades!

    I'll wait if anyone on the forum has more to say, or another opinion. If not, you've earned the best answer :P
  5. thanks :) im always up for more suggestions dude,

    but the parts i suggested are solid as titanium, also i was surpised ur 6950 dint perform better my friend has a nice 2 gig one and runs great.

    you will be very happy with the above upgrades.
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