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Looking to upgrade from an AMD 6870. Could use tips.

#1proposal18Posted 10/8/2013 2:58:08 PM
What we're working with:

Windows 7 64 bit
8 GB of RAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUS) ~3.4GHz
AMD 6870 4GB
22 Inch Television running games and desktop at 1360x768. VGA Cable/port.


Probably going to buy another stick of 4GB and give myself 12GB of RAM.
I was curious if I could find an upgrade at this point. I'd like to upgrade to a better AMD based card; namely for higher frames and performance in some games such as BF4.
Is this possible? if so, can I get some reccomendations?

Thanks.
#2NicodimusPosted 10/8/2013 3:00:04 PM
I'm not sure you'll notice a big difference with that monitor if you upgrade your video card.

Assuming you do want to, you need to give us a budget for the new video card before we can really recommend anything.
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#3UnyieldingBRPosted 10/8/2013 3:00:09 PM
proposal18 posted...
What we're working with:

Windows 7 64 bit
8 GB of RAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUS) ~3.4GHz
AMD 6870 4GB
22 Inch Television running games and desktop at 1360x768. VGA Cable/port.


Probably going to buy another stick of 4GB and give myself 12GB of RAM.
I was curious if I could find an upgrade at this point. I'd like to upgrade to a better AMD based card; namely for higher frames and performance in some games such as BF4.
Is this possible? if so, can I get some reccomendations?

Thanks.


No need for any more RAM, it isn't holding you back at all. That TV is very low resolution, so honestly the 6870 should be able to run just about anything on max settings. I'd think that the processor is holding you back more than the 6870, but if you must upgrade that, don't go any higher than a 7950, because you should be able to kill any game with that resolution.
#4proposal18(Topic Creator)Posted 10/8/2013 3:09:24 PM
Should I be running at a higher resolution? The TV only has a VGA port...and an HDMI port.

I tried using HDMI one time but it made the icons and text so tiny it was unreadable.
#5WyzeGyePosted 10/8/2013 3:17:11 PM
UnyieldingBR posted...

I'd think that the processor is holding you back more than the 6870


That's just not true at all.

Myself and a few other users on this board have the same CPU. Sure it's showing it's age, but upgrading that over the GPU is dumb advice.
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#6Sergei_DukanovPosted 10/8/2013 3:20:31 PM
WyzeGye posted...
UnyieldingBR posted...

I'd think that the processor is holding you back more than the 6870


That's just not true at all.

Myself and a few other users on this board have the same CPU. Sure it's showing it's age, but upgrading that over the GPU is dumb advice.


I have it on a back up/stress pc and it has a 6850 on it. The 7950 will be good and you can always oc the phenom and make it better :)
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#7NicodimusPosted 10/8/2013 3:27:14 PM
proposal18 posted...
Should I be running at a higher resolution? The TV only has a VGA port...and an HDMI port.


The answer to that depends on a few factors, such as: your budget, how far you sit from the TV, and how much you are willing to spend on a new video card to drive a higher-resolution monitor. 720p is better than SD, but most people are gaming with at least 1080p now. At a certain viewing distance, you won't be able to discern the difference between 720p and 1080p, so it wouldn't be worth upgrading.

As for the text getting smaller at higher resolutions...in Windows, you can change the size of the text, icons, and dpi to your liking at any resolution, so that is not a factor.
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#8g7g7g7g7Posted 10/8/2013 4:11:32 PM
Your 6870 should be totally fine for BF4 at your resolution, I have a phenom and I am telling you that it is holding you back. It is terrible at BF4 and Planetside 2 because there is a boatload of CPU processes going on at the same time. Mine would drop me to 30fps during heavy games in BF3.

Install MSI afterburner if you don't already have it and log your GPU usage during a game, it probably won't get over 60-70%.

If you are bottlenecked at less than 1080p then it IS your processor.

BF4 benchmarks say you will get an average of 32 fps, but you will in truth get far less than this in a MP match on battlefield, when stuff gets hectic that processor will chug.
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#9ShebeskiiPosted 10/8/2013 7:05:21 PM
g7g7g7g7 posted...
Your 6870 should be totally fine for BF4 at your resolution, I have a phenom and I am telling you that it is holding you back. It is terrible at BF4 and Planetside 2 because there is a boatload of CPU processes going on at the same time. Mine would drop me to 30fps during heavy games in BF3.

Install MSI afterburner if you don't already have it and log your GPU usage during a game, it probably won't get over 60-70%.

If you are bottlenecked at less than 1080p then it IS your processor.

BF4 benchmarks say you will get an average of 32 fps, but you will in truth get far less than this in a MP match on battlefield, when stuff gets hectic that processor will chug.


Yeah, don't listen to people saying your CPU isn't holding you back. At your resolution, the 6870 is totally fine. Your CPU is already holding a 6870 back at 720p in tons of games.
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