So I recently filed my tax return and will soon have leg room for a new video card. I currently have a Radeon HD 5870 and I'm thinking at this point, that's becoming the bottleneck of my system. Ideally I would like to have the Radeon HD 7970, but with my processor, I think the video card would just be bottlenecked to hell. I'm also not willing to shell out for a new CPU at this time. I've been setting my sights on the GTX 570 for about $200 less than the 7970. What do you guys think; any other options to propose, or should I just stick with the 5870 for now?
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
You wont see that much difference between a 570 and a 5870 tbh in real world applications. I would go for the 7970 as that will set you up for the next year or 2 and you will see a massive improvement across the board even with your cpu.
Haha yea, I thought so. Because I've been checking out 7970 videos on youtube recently and I've seen people using that coupled with the i7 920 and such (which I believe at stock allows the i5 2300 to still be rated higher than the 920, let alone an overclocked i5). I'm just worried at how much of a bottleneck it would be.
Soo, you're willing to spend $550-600 on a gpu. But not $200 on a better processor (which you can get most of it back from selling the 2300)?
I'd say buy a 7950, then use that $100 you saved from stepping down to upgrade your cpu. If you sold the 2300 you can get around $140 for it which would still be cheaper.