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March 1, 2013 3:22:10 AM

I have a i3 3220 and a 7770 right now its ether i upgrade to a i5 3550 or a 7870 gpu which should i upgrade to. the i3 3320 is not slow at all and i am very pleased with the preformance so i my self are leaning toward the 7870 but i want you thoughts and suggestions

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 1, 2013 3:24:16 AM

I recommend a 7870 XT. They're usually found in the same price range as the 7870, but beat it in performance. Upgrading the CPU is less important at this point.

Also, make sure that your PSU is up to the job. If you want help with that, post the rest of system specs (including PSU model) and we can give you an answer.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 1, 2013 3:45:45 AM

I also agree with blazor.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 1, 2013 3:48:25 AM

gpu upgrade will offer more of a performance jump
a b B Homebuilt system
March 1, 2013 4:07:44 AM

7870XT would be the best course as mentioned by the above posters

You could then upgrade the cpu after or wait for haswell/broadwell for a full platform upgrade
March 1, 2013 11:49:15 PM

is there a big diffrence in the 7870 LE or XT compared to the regular 7870
a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2013 2:14:46 AM

The 7870 is 8% weaker than the 7870 XT in that link, making the 7870 XT about 9% faster than the 7870 if you do the math :p 

It's not a big difference, but it is a worthwhile difference.
March 2, 2013 4:33:09 AM

Or you can spend about $100 more and spring for the 7950. Your choice.
March 2, 2013 4:33:35 AM

alright but what about the possibilty of a 7850 2gb?
a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2013 4:50:42 AM

The 7850 2gb is a good card but max in games is 1080p high (and barely medium in crysis 3)
March 2, 2013 5:02:13 AM

stickmansam said:
The 7850 2gb is a good card but max in games is 1080p high (and barely medium in crysis 3)

could u run some benchmarks for me with the 7850 that you have with games like bf3, ect
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2013 10:26:37 PM

Those people who didnt ask what the resolution of your monitor is are guessing

Those people who didnt ask what you use your pc for are guessing
March 2, 2013 10:53:36 PM

the 7850 is a downgrade to your 7870 :?
a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2013 10:57:16 PM

He's using a 7770 right now
March 2, 2013 11:04:57 PM

Oh crud I misread. Sorry. My above advice is pretty much non applicable then.

I though he had a 7870
March 3, 2013 2:00:45 AM

My monitor is a joke its max res is 1278x760 75 refresh rate
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2013 2:26:08 AM

nathanial117 said:
My monitor is a joke its max res is 1278x760 75 refresh rate



It would be pointless using a 7850 let alone a 7870 with your monitor . Either is massive overkill .

Spend your money on a good quality 24 inch 1080P LED LCD . You can still game with the 7770 and medium settings but the experience will be awesome with the increased monitor size
a b B Homebuilt system
March 7, 2013 1:19:43 PM

It wouldn't be pointless. All OP would have to do is use some heavy MSAA or if practical for the situation, SSAA, and OP would be fine even with a lower resolution monitor. That's not to say that a higher resolution monitor wouldn't be more preferable, but it wouldn't be pointless even with OP's current monitor.
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