Gaming PC upgrade TBF


7850, 7870, or other upgrade?

  1. 7850

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  2. 7870

  3. CPU

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  1. Alright, I think it's about time for me to upgrade my PC. I have run tests and see that my GFX card and CPU are nearly maxed out, so no bottleneck other than possible RAM. I am planning on upgrading my GPU prior to the CPU because I believe that my CPU is fine, and if it does bottleneck my GPU, I could update that at a later date while maintaining a decent framerate and upping the graphics on my games. I am looking into two cards ATM. Both are HIS IceQ's. One is a 7850 and the other is a 7870. I was wondering, what is the main difference between the two? I see little, if any, difference between them. The 7870 would come out cheaper via a MIB. Here are the cards I am looking at:

    7850 -
    7870 -

    The 7870 looks cooler and my case has a side window. It's a plus, I would assume, that it is cheaper. Just hope the cooler isn't just looks lol.

    Current rig specs:
    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 810 (K10 -2.6Ghz)
    CPU Fan: ThermalTake SpinQ (the blue one that sits sideways not the red that sits straight up from MOBO)
    RAM: G.Skill 2x2GB (4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC10600 I believe. 8-8-8-21)
    GPU: XFX ATI Radeon HD5770 XXX edition (8.5"W x 4.376"H x 1.5"D)
    MOBO: Asus M4A78T-E
    PSU: ThermalTake 380w
    CASE: AzzA Solano Black
    OS: Win7 64-bit

    Two random hard drives at 7200RPM (500GB and 1TB). I bought a P&C 750w PSU years ago, but I ran with my old PSU of 380w since and it keeps my system up and running. So the 750w is in the closet to this day. I am running at 1920x1080 through HDMI. I understand the Mobo is PCIe 2.0, but would that really hit either card that hard... and would it make a difference between the two?

    Current Windows score is:
    CPU: 7.2
    RAM: 7.5
    GPU: 7.2
    GPU Gaming: 7.2
    P. HDD: 5.9 -> windows base score

    Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.
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  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Well the 7870 is cheaper, faster and a better cooler so it's no contest really. Only problem is it's out of stock...
  3. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 76   +12

    Yeah, after I posted this it went out of stock... bummer, I wonder if they will get more before the rebate ends on November 27th... Ty slh28

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