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Upgrading to 7870 or New Rig?

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November 19, 2012 1:56:06 AM

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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a c 1318 U Graphics card
November 19, 2012 2:09:10 AM
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That CPU with mild overclock should keep up with HD7870. Powercolor is a known budget brand and should be fine.
November 19, 2012 5:30:22 AM

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?
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November 19, 2012 5:41:30 AM

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.
a c 1318 U Graphics card
November 19, 2012 10:50:12 AM

3.6GHZ did it with 955BE and HD7850
November 19, 2012 1:11:14 PM

Thanks!
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