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 06/11/2013 02:45 PM
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ceejay1212
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Hi im looking to upgrade my current card Radeon HD 6670 and would appreciate any advice:

im hoping to upgrade to top tier for better gaming

my mobo - asus p8h61- lx2

i plan also on upgrading hard drive & RAM from 8 to 16,  from i5-2500K to i7

thanks.

 06/11/2013 03:58 PM
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Having an i7 doesn't give you great advantages in gaming, none of the games utilize hyperthreading. Then.. 8gb of ram is ALSO enough unless you are doing heavy designer job, graphics in photoshop, cad etc. I would check what power supply that pc has, if its **** - upgrade it to a Corsair/Seasonic box, get aftermarket cooling for the i5, overclock it to like 4ghz and put in a high end gpu (like..HD7870/7950) which would run fine on that PCI-E 2.0 x16 (no need for 3.0 if you aren't going after crossfire).



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 06/11/2013 06:38 PM
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zipsi, appreciate the advice.

re i7 - good point, unfortunately though im not comfortable with overclocking and my thoughts upgrading i5-2500k to i5-3570 probably not worth it.

is it possible to add HD 7850 without overclocking?

i agree 8 RAM is more then enough but i recently read something on tom's re noticable improved performance with gaming the added RAM, so i thought i bump up to see.

also agree im assuming i need to replace my PSU - im sure its nothing fancy like mobo.

thanks again!

 



Edited: 06/12/2013 at 01:44 AM by ceejay1212
 06/11/2013 09:16 PM
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adding "memory" does not improve FPS. Memory speed helps FPS but I'm not buying more memory just adds FPS. 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778-8.html.  8 seems to be the sweet spot. The rest is wasted money. 

Further more the difference between a 3570k and an a 3770K is literally 5FPS or less. You would be just wasting money whats 5fps of 100, or 33FPS instead of 35... Its why I bought a 3570K. Not a 3770k. 

As far as a 7850, of course you can buy an overclocked model already. Or settle with a stock clock. But the best bang for the buck right now is a 7950. Things are cheap.  Or a 7870XT those things are basically cut down 7950s and nice cards. 



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 06/11/2013 11:11 PM
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thanks Vantharas,

i understand your take re RAM i  too shared this view until i read a more recent piece in tom's. of course i cant easliy find it now but my take away is that there are many great reasons for sticking with 8 but that there may be benefits to getting 16, so i thought with this system i try it. 

Re the i5. so my current CPU is 2500k which i dont want to overclock,  i wondered if can i add a top tier card without OCing or would i need to upgrade to avoid overclocking. and if so which 3rd gen i5 or i7

now the idea of an overclocked card is something i hadnt considered or researched. i was interested in editions like sapphire for the extra cooling but are u suggesting i could avoid upgrading and overclocking with a certain edition

re top tier i also may be too hestiant here im underwhelm by my mobo so dont want to reach to high with a card ...my system is very stable and does all i need and i just want to tweak somethings ...

thanks again

 

 

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