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November 27, 2012 3:58:34 PM

First I would like to say thanks ahead for helping me out. I've heard this site is excellent for getting help for people like myself.

Here is what I currently have:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: AMD FX-8150 8-Core

Current GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I enjoy all types of games. Currently I am trying out Planetside 2. With the setup I have currently I struggle in large areas or with lots going on. I dip down to about 15 fps with settings on Low.

Other games:
-Battlefield 3
-Darkfall Unholy Wars

I've never attempted to overclock and not sure I should. My price range is maxed to roughly 350. I know my motherboard only supports the previous PCI slots of 2.0? If anyone has some suggestions to possibly upgrade to use the PCI 3.0 with graphics card I might be interested. Or possibly Crossfire/SLI?

Hopefully this information may help you put me on the right path. Again thanks for any help you can give me!

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November 27, 2012 4:13:11 PM

Tom's Best Graphics Card for The Money monthly article is a great resource:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I just picked up a Radeon HD 7850 2gb on Black Friday for $140 after mail-in rebate and it runs great. Running Assassin's Creed 3 at max settings at 1920x1080. I read it runs well for BF3 at max too. You can still grab one for about $180 and you probably won't need more than that for quite a while (at 1920x1080). If you are running a higher resolution like 2560x1440, then you will need at least a HD 7950 3gb to run ultra settings smoothly on games like BF3.

If you're looking to push it to the top of your budget, the Radeon HD 7970 3gb is an absolute beast. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This one comes stock with a slight overclock. Most of the HD 7000 series cards are good candidates for high overclocking.

PCI 3.0 is only on Intel boards at the moment. PCI 3.0 really only has roughly a 5% performance advantage in most situations. Unless you are really trying to push it to the limit in terms of performance, you're not really going to notice a difference between PCI 2.0 and PCI 3.0.

PS. Make sure you download the latest drivers. It makes a huge difference, especially with Radeon cards.
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November 27, 2012 4:17:28 PM

Those all are PCI 3.0 Interface =\
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November 27, 2012 4:25:35 PM

Really?

I thought I read that I would have to upgrade my motherboard in order to use PCI 3.0.

Also, being that I have an AMD processor I am not restricted to ATI or Raedion? Im apologize but Ive been told some things by friends that claim to be computer wizards..
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November 27, 2012 4:51:05 PM

get 7850 or 7870, there shouldn't be a bottleneck but i'm not sure.

and yes you can use nvidia if you want, but radeon's tend to have a bit more performance (i still prefer nvidia since they tend to last longer). get a 650 ti or a 660 if you want a nvidia.
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November 27, 2012 5:08:52 PM

When you say bottleneck do you mean that my mobo/others may limit the new GPU?

I just recently upgraded the mobo/processor.
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November 27, 2012 5:11:45 PM

Yeah that is what i mean by bottleneck, and i stated that there shouldn't be a bottleneck, so you did do a good job by upgrading mobo/processor.
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November 27, 2012 5:13:39 PM

Buddrick79 said:
Really?

I thought I read that I would have to upgrade my motherboard in order to use PCI 3.0.

Also, being that I have an AMD processor I am not restricted to ATI or Raedion? Im apologize but Ive been told some things by friends that claim to be computer wizards..



NO and NO............. you can use what you want.
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November 27, 2012 5:21:41 PM

Any GPU you buy you will still be held back by that crappy AMD CPU. I'd sell that off and pick up an i5 3470 and B75 board. That will give you a big boost with a 7870 or 7970.
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November 27, 2012 6:02:28 PM

NV88 said:
Any GPU you buy you will still be held back by that crappy AMD CPU. I'd sell that off and pick up an i5 3470 and B75 board. That will give you a big boost with a 7870 or 7970.



wow!
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November 27, 2012 11:53:40 PM

swifty_morgan said:
wow!


Its not wow. Its a fact. An i3 can easily close the gap with the 8150 in gaming. You buy a new GPU, you won't see the full benefits.
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November 28, 2012 12:38:04 AM

he already has the hardware. why insult the man ? it's about an adequate GPU for what he has.............. just wish we knew the resolution...................
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November 28, 2012 6:09:50 PM

I run 8150 with overclock it smokes by my wife's i5 in any game
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November 28, 2012 8:38:52 PM

maxinexus said:
I run 8150 with overclock it smokes by my wife's i5 in any game


The best lie ever !
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November 28, 2012 11:20:23 PM

Forgot to add that I'm running 7950 and my wife 6950 lol
You must say this is a good one. :) 
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