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December 19, 2012 1:51:34 AM

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
-8gb of ddr3 1600(unfortunately limited to 1333 as i'm a derp)
-Asus 6770
-And an Cooler Master Elite 342 which came with the thermal master 420w Psu

If i have left out any details, please inform me.

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a c 109 U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:00:43 AM

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.

Psu :

or (recommended)

Cards :

If you want you can have the 7950(with the psu it stays from 400$ maximum):
December 19, 2012 2:03:15 AM

Now would that be fine with my current motherboard, and would it actually fit?
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December 19, 2012 2:16:32 AM

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.
a c 109 U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:18:27 AM

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.
December 19, 2012 2:21:29 AM

I have the non k, i take it if i had the unlocked version i could go with a new motherboard to possibly overclock?
a c 109 U Graphics card
December 19, 2012 2:24:32 AM

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.
December 19, 2012 2:35:09 AM

Ah, i see man. Thanks for all your help, i'm pretty sure i'll go with the 7950.

Have a nice day, mate! :) 
December 19, 2012 2:35:21 AM

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