Hello, i want to upgrade my 6770 to a 7870 and would like to know what is necessary to upgrade, i'm on a budget of around $400
I currently run the following -i5-2500 -8gb of ddr3 1600(unfortunately limited to 1333 as i'm a derp) -Asus 6770 -GA-H61M-S2P-B3 -And an Cooler Master Elite 342 which came with the thermal master 420w Psu
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You have a good cpu and 8GB(doesn't matter much the difference 1333vs1600 in performance). What you'll need is a new good psu and a card.
So, would you recommend the 7950 and psu, or 7870, psu and motherboard upgrade? I'm still a beginner here and just want your opinion.
Do you have the i5-2500k or non k ?
If you don't have the k version, stick with your mobo and get the gpu and cpu, if you have a k series then get a z68 board or z77.
I have the non k, i take it if i had the unlocked version i could go with a new motherboard to possibly overclock?
Yes it was the point of the z68/z77 to overclock the i5-2500k, then you don't need to change the mobo, just the psu and gpu. And one more thing that makes me not recommend a new mobo, is the arrival of the new lga 1150 and the new intel cpus(haswell) for 2013.
Ah, i see man. Thanks for all your help, i'm pretty sure i'll go with the 7950.