Help upgrading 5850 gpu and 955BE cpu

Hi folks!

I am looking to upgrade at least my GPU (XFX5850, non ref card)...I think I bought in Jan 2010 and has served me well. I usually play Driving games or FPS (rfactor/rfactor2/Dirt3/NFS and MOH/MOHW/COD4). Here are system specs below, but I am curious as to what GPU to upgrade to and if I need to upgrade anything else?

CPU: AMD Phenom 955BE (OC'd to 3.9 GHZ and water cooled)
MOBO: Gigabyte MA-785GMT
RAM: 12 GB GSKILL DDR3
GPU: XFX 5850 non ref ed.
PS: Corsair TX750
Display: 3 x 22" 1080p monitors (EDIT: run most at 6080x1080)

I'd rather not spend $300 on a single card at the moment, but if I have to, then I have to. Main problem I see is that the GPU can't play MOH/MOHW/DIRT3 on ULTRA/HIGH/even MED settings somtimes without it being well below 35 FPS.

GPU Upgrade and CPU upgrade...is one going to bottleneck the other?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. 7870 Ghz edition is mid 200 card
  2. get the hd 7950

    amd is the best for multimonitor
  3. Sell your 5850 and buy a 7950
  4. What about cpu and mobo? Are they going to be a bottleneck yet with either 7950 or 7870?
  5. Your CPU is fine at 3.9 GHz and should easily pull off 60 fps.
  6. well, the hd 7870 is good value for money, so id go with that.
  7. you could always do what i have and add another 5850. Crossfire 5850's are about equal to a GTX 580/ 7950 and would be enough to max out most of today's games with good fps
  8. PcNutDan95 said:
    you could always do what i have and add another 5850. Crossfire 5850's are about equal to a GTX 580/ 7950 and would be enough to max out most of today's games with good fps


    Unfortunately, i'd need a new mobo to crossfire, so for cost...I'd lean toward single card.

    Sounds like 7870 or 7950? Can the 7870 OC safely? I never could get the 5850 to OC without screen issues, so I abandoned it for stability.
  9. for single card, would suggest a 660Ti(against a 7870) or a 7950
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