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I recently asked about a GPU upgrade, but I've increased my budget, does that change your recommendation?

Question by Andrew from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Feb 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm CST

Hi i recently asked a question concerning Radeon graphics cards, and iv'e decided to up my budget. I'm looking at the 7970 and 7870. The 7970 has almost twice as many stream processors. the 3GB versus 2GB isnt a huge factor since i think either would be more than sufficient for my 27 in monitor. I like the idea of a 384 bit as opposed to a 256 bit but once again the core clock speed confuses me. I know i won't be able to overclock myself, and the cards sold on newegg say something about a boost. is the boost already activated, and is that the same same as overclocking? and do cards sold come pre overclocked? IN addition i don't know what CrossFireX is, which is listed under most of the cards I'm looking at. IS the 7970 worth the extra money, and is there a preclocked version i can buy, install and get to gaming right away?

Should I buy the Radeon HD 7770 or the HD 7850 for gaming?

Question by Andrew from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Feb 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm CST

I'm getting pretty heavy into gaming and my graphics card just can't handle these new games, even on low settings.

My current card is an ATI Radeon HD 4650

Would you recommend the Radeon HD 7770 or the Radeon HD 7850? the 7850 has a 256 bit memory interface while the 7770 has only 128. However, the 7770's clock speed is 1020 Mhz while the 7850 is only 860 Mhz! Which would be optimal for high graphics gaming.

I need a hand upgrading my PC, what should I do next?

Question by Kimir from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Feb 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm CST

I currently own:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K overclocked to 4.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: MSI P67-G45 (B3)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
  • Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
  • Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6990 4GB Video Card
  • Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case
  • Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
  • Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)
  • Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard
  • Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse
  • Monitors: SA350H x2
  • Other: Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo

I plan on upgrading my motherboard to the ASUS Maximus V Formula Z77 for better OC of my 2600k, purchasing a single 6970 for Tri-fire, then possibly getting a premade liquid cooling system for my CPU.

If I do what I described above, will I see a significant performance boost? Is this a good decision, or should I sell my 6990, not purchase a 6970, and get another GPU?

Also, what liquid cooling system (premade) would you recommend (Swiftech 220) for overclocking 5 ghz, or would you stick to the Coolermaster V8?

Thanks!

I want to buy a new monitor, but would I need a new GPU if I bought a 120Hz monitor?

Question by Drugsh from India | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Feb 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm CST

I am looking for good 27-inch monitor for gaming and movies... since I'm using Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 XT GPU, I am very confused between 60Hz or 120Hz monitors... but my real question is, can the HD 7870 XT provide 120 frames per second?

I can't afford a better GPU, so it really worth upgrading to a 120Hz monitor? Which monitor should I go for in both segments?

I'm looking to upgrade my system, can you offer some suggestions?

Question by Robert from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Feb 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm CST

Hello, I've been out of the component game for a while currently running the following setup and want to know if it's worth upgrading and any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you!

  • ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
  • EVGA GTX 470
  • SSD for startup
  • 1TB for storage
  • 12 Gigs Corsair RAM

If I upgrade my motherboard, will I see improvements to the frame rate in games?

Question by Shady from Egypt | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Feb 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm CST

If I've changed my motherboard to a high end one, Will there be some improvement in frame-rates ?

If there are some tips please write it to me.

my PC

  • AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE ( Overclocked to 3.70 GHz )
  • Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 Motherboard
  • MSI R6970 Lightning ( Factory Overclocked )
  • Kingston Value-ram 4GB 1333 MHz
  • Western Digital HDD 160 GB 7200 RPM
  • Cougar 700CM Power Supply
  • Thermaltake Armor A60 Case
  • Samsung 900p LCD Monitor

Thank you.

I'm after some new GPUs for my 2560x1440 gaming, help!

Question by Clint from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Feb 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm CST

I currently have an i7 920 @ stock and tri-sli GTX-280's. What would help out [email protected] the most from these options: get a good closed loop water cooler and OC the CPU to ~4GHZ and a single hd7970/gtx-680 or save the money from the water cooler leaving cpu @ stock, 2x hd7950's / 2x gtx-670's. My budget is around $650 and time frame for upgrading is going to be in April.