Looking to upgrade current gaming PC, need advice!


I built a gaming PC in late 2010, and I'm just wondering what sort of upgrade to the current rig would be the most beneficial to continue playing games on super high settings. For reference, I play mainly action games, so y'know - Arkham Origins, Assassins Creed, etc.

I was thinking a Graphics card would be the obvious choice, and I was tossing up between an R9 280x or a GTX 770. Would those be appropriate for my current system? I'd be upgrading other parts over the next year also, potentially including mobo/cpu. Really, I have no idea if that's necessary though.

Here's my current rig:

AMD Phenom II X4 955
4GB DDR3 1333Mhz
Radeon 6850
Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H mobo
700W psu

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  1. Your cpu would bottleneck, how much are you willing to spend? The 7950, or 760 would be better. That is only if you OC that cpu heavily. My 965 @4.11 barely clears it. Another stick of ram would be a good choice as well. There is always an ssd too.
  2. I agree with gam3r01 got with a 7950 and and then later get a fx-8350 and some more ram! I picked up my 7950 for 190$ with 20$ rebate!
  3. Thanks for the responses!

    I'm in Australia, so I guess the USD equivalent would be $350 or so. The GTX 770 would be the upper limit of what I'm prepared to spend.

    I guess to clarify, I'm not super concerned with bottlenecking, I'd just like a distinct boost to graphical performance with my current rig, before I upgrade the mobo/cpu/ram later this year/early next year.

    So I'm after a card that will give me better performance right now, and will still hold up for a few years down the track in a new system that would be able to utilise its full potential. Does that make sense?
  4. Ah yes, then in that case I would get the 280x as it pulls a slight edge over the 770. If you cant get that the 770 is the best second choice.
  5. I'm sorry but i got to stick with the 7950 like i said u can get them super cheap for as little as 190$. Big bang for your buck!
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