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I have an aging Radeon HD 4870

#21hk7111Posted 8/26/2014 8:08:34 PM(edited)
gwwak posted...
hk7111 posted...
grab a pair of 280x's from Ebay if your PSU can support it.

Should be under $400 and will obviously outperform a 870.


I only have a single slot for a GPU so dual card configs don't work for me.


You can grab a 290 for around $300 i think, Give it a slight OC and Bam you basically have a 290x.

Edit: Saved you a few minutes of searching http://www.ebay.com/itm/GIGABYTE-GV-R929OC-4GD-Radeon-R9-290-4GB-512-Bit-GDDR5-PCI-Express-3-0-HDCP-/301290863885?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item462655bd0d
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#22DarkZV2BetaPosted 8/26/2014 9:31:24 PM
gwwak posted...
My budget is $300-$400. However, if "almost anything" is a significant upgrade, then I don't think I would want to spend that much. For background, my processor is a Phenom II x4 965 3.4 GHz paired with a 6 year old AM2+ motherboard. I bought the Phenom II about a year ago shortly before it was being discontinued when it was going for about $90.


That CPU has aged pretty bad as well. If you're planning to replace it soon, grab whatever GPU you can afford when appropriate. If you're planning on trying to squeeze a few more years out of that CPU and then upgrading the CPU and GPU together later, a 750Ti would do nicely.
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#23gwwak(Topic Creator)Posted 8/27/2014 9:39:35 PM
I thought the Phenom II was still pretty decent. I once saw articles recommend people buying them instead of whatever AMD FX processor was available before the Phenom IIs run out of stock.

Anyways, processor recommendations? I have the impression that the FX processors still kinda suck.
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#24datopgamerPosted 8/28/2014 1:46:27 AM
The phenom II were released several years ago and while better than the first fx chips they aren't anymore. Gaming wise it'll struggle on CPU intensive games. Don't expect too much out of it these days.
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#25DarkZV2BetaPosted 8/28/2014 5:06:15 AM
gwwak posted...
I thought the Phenom II was still pretty decent. I once saw articles recommend people buying them instead of whatever AMD FX processor was available before the Phenom IIs run out of stock.

Anyways, processor recommendations? I have the impression that the FX processors still kinda suck.


First generation FX processors are terrible. Second generation FX processors are slightly better, and if only because they run at higher clockspeeds, outperform Phenom II equivalents. They're also much cheaper now.
Phenom II isn't terrible if you don't mind ~30fps and sometimes lower in some games, but you don't really need a super fast GPU to achieve that anyway.
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#26WyzeGyePosted 8/28/2014 11:32:57 AM
The phenom ii 965 performs better than all fx chips when it comes to single threaded applications.
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#27AsucaHayashiPosted 8/28/2014 11:44:39 AM
you'll see a decent boost out of any midrange card.

don't fret too much about the processor because i only moved up a few months ago from a phenom ii 920 and could still run high settings above 30fps in most demanding games i tried(gpu was 1GB 7850)... last game i tried before upgrading my comp that ran horribly was watch dogs but that one speaks for itself.
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#28ShubPosted 8/28/2014 11:47:19 AM
I think a GTX 750 Ti would be a nice, yet cheap upgrade.
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#29gwwak(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2014 6:43:02 PM
I think I will leave the processor alone then and upgrade when I want the features of a new motherboard such as Sata 3 for a new SSD or 8 GB of RAM. Running 4GB of RAM right now and it is sufficient. Read that the nVidia 800 series is going to be out in October so I think I will wait and see. Besides, Black Friday isn't that far off and that seems to be the best deals of the year.
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#30Knighted DragonPosted 8/28/2014 6:45:32 PM
Haley Joel Osment posted...
The Nvidia marketing team will be along to advise you shortly.


This. This board has a serious hard on for Nvidia.

If you want bang for your buck, get a 280x. It's by far the best card for it's price and will be a ridiculous upgrade over a 4870, assuming the rest of your system can even keep up with it.
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