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    Old 05-31-2013, 03:34 PM
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    Question Will I be needing an upgrade soon?

    So recently (about 4 or 5 months ago) I purchased a gaming PC from an ad on Craigslist. I have been extremely satisfied with it so far. Runs most games that I play without any problems, however some games I have to bump down the graphics or I end up with frame drops here and there. Nothing too serious though. It will play any game I own so far on Ultra, but whether it will play it well or not is a different question. Anyways I was wandering if any of my parts are due for an upgrade here soon. The guy I bought it from said it was a few years old I believe.
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    Case - Corsair Carbide Series 500R (recently bought this and installed the following parts)
    CPU - i5 2500k
    GPU - Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 1GB OC Edition
    PSU - TX750 Enthusiast Series
    Ram - 8 GB (not sure of the brand and to be honest I'm too lazy to bust open the case and look lol)
    HSF - Cooler Master 212 Hyper Evo (recently replaced this exact HSF from the original build as it was installed wrong and missing some pieces)
    and MOBO - MSI P67A-C43 b3

    I'm curious as to if this is a good build in the first place, since I'm fairly new to PC gaming and builds, and if it is, how long can I expect to have to wait until I may need to start looking at some new parts? What parts should I look into? Thank you for any responses.
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    Old 05-31-2013, 08:39 PM
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    Depends if you want to or not, if you can still play the games you want well, don't upgrade. If you arent getting the performance you want you should add another 6950 for crossfire (If your mobo supports it) or buy a new card, as all the other parts are still good.
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    Old 05-31-2013, 10:00 PM
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    Other than the GPU you probably won't have to upgrade for a few years.
    Probably could pull of another year or so with that GPU at high settings.
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    Old 05-31-2013, 10:32 PM
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    I'm not an expert, but that should be fine for your games. However, I would upgrade the GPU. Heck, after you upgrade the GPU, it should be good for most games.
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    Old 05-31-2013, 11:39 PM
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    I'm not an expert, but that should be fine for your games. However, I would upgrade the GPU. Heck, after you upgrade the GPU, it should be good for most games.
    That largely depends on the monitor. If for some reason, he buys [URL="http://hexus.net/tech/items/displays/55965-asus-launches-pq321-monitor-3840-x-2160-igzo-display/"]three of these[/URL], then he should upgrade the GPU.
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    Old 05-31-2013, 11:45 PM
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    The GPU is getting a little long in the tooth and will struggle with the latest games like Hitman, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Metro and the like. Itll still play them at high settings but youll have to turn a few things down. Youve got a solid CPU and power supply so if youre feeling the need to upgrade, youll want to upgrade the GPU to the best one you can afford. 7870 XT would be the minimum Id shoot for.
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    Thank you for all the responses. I'm glad to know it's a decent setup. Would the 7870 XT be a good gpu for the cpu? I want to maximize it's potential. No bottlenecking. I realize the rest of my components may not be up to par with a high end gpu or my cpu but I want those 2 components to work in tandem with one another.
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    A 2500k and a 7870 XT will work great with each other.
    The 2500k is a damn good CPU...there isn't a single GPU that will be bottle necked by it.
    You can overclock it if you haven't yet as well.
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    Old 06-02-2013, 01:13 PM
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    I have OC genie enabled (MSI MOBO) so my 2500k is running at 4200 as of right now. I'm glad to know they will work well together. I don't know how much money I'll be able to spend on the GPU, but I know I'll have enough for the 7870 xt, but what GPU would be a step up from that? Last question. Promise lol
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