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    Re: Upgrade advice please

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    an 7850 will be a major jump over the aging 3870, if I remember correctly the 3870 was slightly behind the 8800gt which would make the 7850 about 4 times the power.
    4 times the shader grunt, but that 3870 has 512MB of ram on it and that just isn't enough these days so in some games it might be more.

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    Re: Upgrade advice please

    Remember to keep an eye on the scan offers page, basically everything you need is on there today, CPUs, MBs, Memory, GPUs.
    You can save a mighty £2 on a 7870! But it all adds up

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    Re: Upgrade advice please

    To me the 7850 is the better value proposition at about 160. They should OC very well if you need some more grunt. The 7870 are priced quite close to the 7950 if I'm not mistaken.

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    Re: Upgrade advice please

    Yeah I would suggest the 7850 is better value too, especially for a single 1080p screen.

    If you didn't care about it's high power consumption it might be worth looking at some of the deals on 570s, Scan had some for below £170 recently and they might drop even further.

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    Re: Upgrade advice please

    An i7 is a huge waste of money for the average person who just wants to play games. Unless you want to play 2-3 games at the same time...which is a very odd way of doing it. And grab the best GPU you can with the money saved, or just stick with the 7850 for better value for performance and stash the money for a bad day.

    With all the components that old, I think there's no other way than just buying stuff on sale throughout the months.

    EDIT - Some tests done by techspot.com. I'm surprised by how well the i3 did.
    Last edited by dragossk; 07-07-2012 at 03:49 PM.

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    Re: Upgrade advice please

    Yes, but I don't only play games. It's very much a working computer and the extra speed of the i7 will definitely make a difference apart from the fact that it will future proof it that much more. I've bumped the budget up so I can afford both. I might have to wait another few weeks for the processor/mobo/ram but I'd rather do that and have what I really want.
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    What sort of work do you do on it? A 3570k is going to provide excellent performance for almost all tasks.

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