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February 11, 2013 2:03:22 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my PC. Overall, I'm happy with it's performance, but I've been getting a lot of micro-stuttering in games. I currently have an i7-930 OC'd to 4.02ghz, and 2 HD 5770's in crossfire. From what I've been reading in the articles on the site, it seems I should upgrade to a single HD 7970 first to see the biggest improvement. Also, from what I've been reading, going to a i7-3770k really wouldn't be that much of an improvement at all.

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February 11, 2013 2:08:17 PM

Your conclusions are quite valid. I'd hold off upgrading CPU but definitely go for the 7970 if not two :lol: 
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February 11, 2013 2:19:36 PM

you don't have to upgrade your proc since thats more or less on equal footing vs an IVB i5, the 7970 would be a major step up for you and will definitely eliminate stutters in games with the recently released catalyst beta drivers.
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February 11, 2013 2:47:46 PM

Most definitely your graphics card. I am running an i7 920 @ 4GHz and it runs everything I throw at it just fine. I've always kept my graphics card up to date and my base system only when absolutely necessary. I am running a GTX680 OCed somewhat and it runs everything I throw at it. There are only a few titles I have to tone the settings down for. An AMD 7970 would suit you just fine. Or you can go for a GTX670 or 680 if you are batting for the Green Team.
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