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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Bluefox1115, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. Bluefox1115

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    Hey guys, haven't been around for a long time. I built a new system a couple years ago using the ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ board (not formula Z), and FX 8150 current;y at 4.4Ghz, 16gb of GSkill DDR3 @1600, Diamond HD7970. My question to you all is, would it be worthwhile to upgrade to the FX 8350 or 9370? Is my board even compatible with the 9370? Also, would it be worth upgrading from a single HD7970 to a R9 290x? I do gaming at the 1920x1080 resolution currently, with hope of grabbing a 4k monitor when the prices are more reasonable. Thank you all in advance!
     
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    I don't think any of those upgrades are worth. Maybe the 8350 but not if buying new.

    As for 4K, once monitors are affordable there will be way better cards than the 290x. For 1080p your 7970 is plenty.
     
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    Heck you can get another 7970, or you can get a 290.
     
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    Only upgrade I think would be going to an Intel Devils Canyon CPU with Z97 motherboard. 4690k or 4790k.
     
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    There's not much difference in performance between an 8150 vs 8350.

    You will see a difference between a 7970 vs R290x in high end games at the highest settings. If you're going for 4k gaming, i would wait for the next gen cards. Your current setup should play any game out there with high to ultra settings at 1080p.
     
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    Haven't been able to find a matching 7970. :(
     
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    Doesn't need to be a matching one, it can be any 7970 or even the new relabeled R9 280X.
     
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    If I got the 280x, should that be card 1 or 2?
     
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    Does not matter, they are the same card in the end only difference would be the core clocks and ram clocks. I would just try and stick with the same brand and go from there.

    If your wanting to know, the Crosshair V board does not list the FX 9370 as supported. However I would find it hard to believe that the CPU would not work, it just would probably run like an 8350. So my advice if you really want a CPU upgrade to get an 8350 and overclock it pretty far. But even then I would not do it in your shoes with your current chip.

    I would just overclock a bit more and grab another GPU.
     
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    For 1080p you don't have to think about upgrades.
     
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    Haha thanks for the advice everyone. I don't feel the need for a cpu upgrade anymore, as I've never maxed it out as is. I do however think a second gpu would be a nice boost of frame rates. I like running things with maximum eye candy.
     
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    The 8350 would be a fairly good upgrade if only for power consumption alone BUT I wouldn't recommend getting a new chip. If you snatch one used for like $100 and sell your 8150 that would be sweet.
     
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