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Buying HD 7950 GPU need advice about updating components

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February 25, 2013 6:13:39 AM

Looking to get a HD 7950 GPU to play Crysis 3 on high settings. I want to know if this will work or do I need to upgrade anything else, here is my current setup:
Video Card: Sapphire RADEON 6850
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 3.0GHz
Memory: Patriot Sector 5 8GB
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME3
Power Supply: Cooler Master 600W PSU
Hard Drive: Seagate 300GB HDD
April 24, 2013 4:20:49 AM

Just get the card replaced rest everything is gud...
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April 24, 2013 5:55:36 AM

The PSU you have is not high quality and likely doesn't make 600w. Coolermaster PSUs are generally junk. That said, if it ran your 6850 the 7950 should be alright. I would replace it with a better unit though. Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic make good units.

Your CPU is a bit old. It shouldn't bottleneck the GPU, but it will be a weaker spot in highly intensive games. That said, it should be fine still.
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April 24, 2013 6:09:06 AM

^ 100% agree with him

i recommend replacing phenom with fx 6300 or even 8350 :) 
and PSU to Corsair TX 750 V2 or at least Corsair cx600
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April 25, 2013 12:00:42 AM

Buy a new power supply and a cpu cooler so you can overclock that cpu. Hyper 212. Good Luck.
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April 25, 2013 4:28:31 AM

Upgrade considerations:
1. FX6300 or FX8350
2. Better proc cooler (CM H-212 EVO)
3. Better PSU (Corsair HX650)
4. Bigger HDD capacity (Seagate 3TB 7200.14)
5. SSD (Samsung 840 pro 256GB)

You can upgrade all, several or nothing :) 
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April 26, 2013 5:06:40 PM

Not all cooler master psu's are equal. Without a model I wouldn't jump straight to that conclusion.

I agree with overclocking the cpu, last I heard, amd is also releasing new chips later this year so might as well wait because doing the oc will be good enough.

I'd suggest an SSD too, those are great.
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