I am upgrading fro a 5770 to a 7850. I am hoping to see a decent increase in performance, however I worry that my cpu might hold my new gpu back. I am currently running an i5 750 on a gigabyte p55 ud2 1156 socket, stock, with 4 gigs of ram. I considered upgrading the cpu, but there doesn't seem to be any decently priced cpus available for the 1156 socket type, and I don't want to have to change the motherboard as well.
Can I still expect decent performance without having to upgrade??
I would be interested in OCing, but I have no idea how to do so or where to start. I'm not interested in investing any more money to OC, but if its something as simple as software I'd be willing to give it a go.
Thanks for the replies btw, glad to know I'll be good to go!
I'm going to run a q9550 with a 7850 OC which frankly is a good match. And the q9550 is generally weaker than the i5 750. You might also want to take a look at increading your ram to 8GB
Below are some basic guides to overclocking. I would not raise the voltages and leave them and stock and see far you can go. Also beware of temps so clean out your cpu heatsink with compressed air before you start overclocking.
I upgraded from dual 5770's to dual 7850's awhile ago and have been very disappointed with the buggy 7850 drivers... and they're still buggy! The 5770's had fewer problems. I use my system for productivity (not gaming), with 5 monitors.