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Upgrading to 7870 or New Rig?

Hi all,

I'm looking to upgrade my current rig's graphics card to Power Color HD 7870 2gb

Here's my current setup

Processor: AMD Phenom x6 1090T
HDD: Western Digital Blue 500GB 7200rpm
GPU: EVGA GTX 460 768mb
PSU: Thermaltake TR2-600W
RAM: Gskill 2GBx2 (total of 4GB) DDR1600

I'm planning to upgrade RAM to 8GB as well.

My question is: With that current setup, is it okay to outright replace the GTX 460 with an HD 7870? Will I experience bottlenecks? Would it be better for me to get a new processor like the Intel i5-3570 than a GPU?

Another thing, local vendors here in my country have the Power Color HD 7870 as the cheapest one, other brands are 20-50% higher in price. Is there a reason not to buy the Power Color HD 7870?

Thanks!
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    That CPU with mild overclock should keep up with HD7870. Powercolor is a known budget brand and should be fine.
  2. rolli59 said:
    That CPU with mild overclock should keep up with HD7870. Powercolor is a known budget brand and should be fine.


    Thanks for the reply. About how much clock speed? Would disabling 2 cores and bumping the 4 cores to 4.0GHZ suffice?
  3. krval22 said:
    Thanks for the reply. About how much clock speed? Would disabling 2 cores and bumping the 4 cores to 4.0GHZ suffice?


    Dude you have a 6 core Phenom! DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR CPU! It will "keep up" just fine for another 3 years at least.
  4. 3.6GHZ did it with 955BE and HD7850
  5. Thanks!
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