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    Default Upgrade options

    So i've been noticing games starting to stick and shutter at maxed out settings and figure it's probably time for an upgrade.. but what is the question

    I built this system about 3-4 years ago and it's served me really well.

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    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black
    ASUS HD6950 2GB Flashed to HD6970
    8GB of Gskills memory.. i really can't remember the timing or the speed anymore
    1TB Western Digital Black 7200rpm

    I'm not really sure where the bottle neck would be other then maybe the video card? But should i just get a new 7x series or try to find another card like i have and crossfire it?

    My Mainboard as far as i can see supports up to the Phenom II X6 series of CPU's.. but would i really see much improvement just adding more CPU cores?

    Also i see SSD's have really come down in price and are looking better and better.. Do these effect gaming though? I mean other then loading times?

    Any info or comments would be great.. My upgrade budget is around $500

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    Default Re: Upgrade options

    I asked this back then in Ask The Expert corner about pairing a 7850 with my i3 530/H55 chipset system and they say go for it as long as it's single GPU setup. If I'm not mistaken Xfire/SLI need a better PSU as the second card might add another 100W+ easy to the system load. Now often I came across people having to choose between X4 965 and i3 3120 (which is better than my i3) so I assume with a pinch of doubt that both are in the same class. HD 6970 is a monster itself IMO so it wouldn't be dragging your CPU in you jump into 7 series wagon.

    ABout SSD, I myself is like a caveman meets Coca-cola vending machine, the best I can think of is making many mini Coke machines. I'm building AMD rig myself, skipped the SSD option because I think it doesn't serve me well having a brick in there that cannot pull all the software/files anyway I wanted. Though I think I read it somewhere that it's harder for an SSD now to fail/bricked than it was few years ago so you might have a 24/7 functioning read-write drive for at least 2-3 years.

    "This month, at the 2012 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, engineers from Macronix plan to report the invention of a self-healing NAND flash memory that survives more than 100 million cycles" Sounds impressive but to me it just sounded current flash memory is dead prone.

    "If Andes is just a grain then take my words with it"

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    Birmingham,Great Britain

    Default Re: Upgrade options

    I think a 7950 or a 7870xt will offer you the best value for money

    cpu might be your bottleneck

    and ssd's don't really benefit games,some yes but mostly no,it would benefit your pc performance though if you put windows onto an ssd
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