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I want to upgrade my AMD-based system, what should I get?

Question by Nicholas from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 27, 2012 @ 0:15 CST

I'm looking for my next upgrade.

I have the following currently:

Yamakasi qHD monitor.

AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.3Ghz.

32GBs of DDR3-1333MHz G.Skill Ripjawz.

M4N98TD EVO (with the built in GPU turned onfor PhysX.)

EVGA GTX 670 @ Stock everything.

Samsung 830 for OS.

Some WD Blues for storage.

Where do I go from here? I don't really play that many 3D game as I used to, Skyrim is pretty much the only real 3D game I play anymore. I ask because I always feel the need for more power. I understand that anything from Intel will be better, but I haven't had any Intel desktop products since the Pentium 3 days. Should I wait for whatever is coming out from AMD or jump ship while I can?

P.S. - I'm a bang-for-your-buck kind of guy.

What's the best GPU for gaming at 1600x900?

Question by Dude from Australia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 @ 2:49 CST

I have a question, What is the best GPU for my 1600x900 resolution monitor?

I will use it mostly for gaming and video editing in the future. And i want decent amount of FPS while playing BF3 on single player about 45-50fps is ok on me! :)

My Radeon HD 7850 can't run the latest Need for Speed: Most Wanted at 1080p on high graphics

Question by Daris from Indonesia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2012 @ 20:56 CST

I just bought NFS Most Wanted (from criterion, the new one) and I was amazed that my 7850 won't cut the game at high settings. I would get frame drops that could get my frames to go below 30 per second. So I'm forced to get the settings to medium and then it's playable but still, I got drops that put my fps to the mid 30s. Yes the game has got excellent graphics, but I thought my Graphics would run every game at 1920x1080 High settings?

My Question is, is this normal? I would probably wait until they release the 12.11 Catalyst driver for download, but I don't think it'll fix this significantly when there is a problem in my system.

My system:

  • FX-8120
  • M5A99X Evo
  • Corsair 4GBx2
  • HD 7850

Thank you.