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Old November 16, 2013, 05:41 PM
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Hello HWCs,

I just have a quick question. I have a 2500K and a 6950 2GB. I believe, correct me if i am wrong but the 2500K is still a decent CPU for gaming. If I were to update my GPU, I would get the best performance boost for games like BF4, COD:Ghost, The new wow expansion, wildstar and so on...

Please let me know if i am going in the right direction and if so what should I upgrade with?

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Old November 16, 2013, 06:15 PM
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You got it right. Grab like a R9 280X or something of the sort.
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Old November 16, 2013, 07:33 PM
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Yes a new graphics card would be your biggest improvement. Let us know your budget to help pick a card.
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Old November 16, 2013, 08:00 PM
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Also, what brand is your 6950?
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Old November 17, 2013, 05:35 AM
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I was thinking that I would like to spend around 400 bucks.

Here is my 6950, its a sapphire. I am really not interested in crossfire tho

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Old November 17, 2013, 06:33 AM
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I was thinking about this
MSI GeForce GTX 770 OC Twin Frozr IV 1098/1150MHZ 2GB 7GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E 3.0 Video Card
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Old November 17, 2013, 06:52 AM
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The 2500K does not support PCIe 3.0

if going Xfire route then upgrade to PCIe3 hardware
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Old November 17, 2013, 07:44 AM
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A gtx 770 would be a great choice. Pending pricing I would probably go for a ASUS DCII version, but the MSI is a great choice as well. Hold out for black friday/ cyber monday deals.

ASUS GeForce GTX 770 1110MHZ 2GB 7010MHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI PCI-E Video Card

Another option:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC 1189MHZ 2GB 7.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

EDIT: Actually I think the MSI cards with the twin frozr labeled "GAMING" on the box have been getting less than average reviews because of the cooler. Don't quote me, but look into it.
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Old November 17, 2013, 12:20 PM
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A gtx 770 would be a great choice. Pending pricing I would probably go for a ASUS DCII version, but the MSI is a great choice as well. Hold out for black friday/ cyber monday deals.

ASUS GeForce GTX 770 1110MHZ 2GB 7010MHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI PCI-E Video Card

Another option:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC 1189MHZ 2GB 7.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

EDIT: Actually I think the MSI cards with the twin frozr labeled "GAMING" on the box have been getting less than average reviews because of the cooler. Don't quote me, but look into it.
I like both of your suggestions. I haven't been keeping up with video cards these days. Is Nvidia better than AMD or the other way around?
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Old November 17, 2013, 12:33 PM
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1) 2500k will be a great performer (especially if you over-clock it) for at least 3 more years if you want to be careful with your $$$.
2) AMD is currently offering you a better price/performance ratio, but that's if you don't mind the noise and heat they produce. Also, over the last 2-3 years Nvidia has a much better track record than AMD at execution and good gaming experience. I personally make the choice to go green.
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