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Is my proccessor good enough for the new graphics card

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January 19, 2013 5:19:46 PM

so i have been looking at getting a new card for my system, and was thinking on getting a nvidia card so far i was thinking the 680 gtx but i am open to suggestions.
my processor is a i7 960 3.2ghz, my current Graphics cards is 5870 1gb.
i was wondering is my processor good enough for the 680 or should i go for another card like the 7970 from amd?

if u think i need a new processor just tell me a good model for gaming and will last a while. Also will getting a new proccessor mean i need to reinstall or get a new os.

my motherboard i don't know my pc was a prebuilt from Alienware the Area 51 model.

i have 6gb of 1333mhz of ram and a 1tb hard drive.
January 19, 2013 5:22:44 PM

The processor is still decent,i think a 7970ghz edition would be the best because i have seen in a review it is less stressing on your processor than a gtx680.
January 19, 2013 5:26:22 PM

why is the 680 stressful on my processor? Sorry about what may seem a dumb question haven't really been paying attention to the pc market recently because of uni and other things.
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January 19, 2013 5:27:10 PM

That's the best you will get cpu wise for that socket type, if you want to upgrade passed that point, you will need to spend $400+ on it to get a 980x extreme, which is the minimum I would do and still makes no sense. The problem is, I don't really know how much it will be bottlenecked, because there is no magic formula. I can say my phenom 2 x4 at 4ghz bottlenecked a 7950. Your cpu is a decently stronger than my old one, but not by a huge margin. Also, the 7970 is basically the same strength as a 680 according to most places. So I would go with that for gaming any day.
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