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Upgrading my Graphics card, need some advice.

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March 30, 2013 7:12:55 PM

So currently I'm using a EVGA GTX 280 Super clocked, and I got Bioshock Infinite, and, well it's been ruff.
So I'm looking to upgrade and so far the EVGA GeForce GTX 650:

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-1024MB-Graphics-01G-...

Has stood out as a decent looking upgrade, but what do you guys think?
Also If you can recommend some cards that would be nice, I'm on a budget so anywhere between 100$ and 200$ is preferable.
and if the card is over that price just recommend it anyway, I'll do so price hunting
Thanks.

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March 30, 2013 7:21:09 PM

In the 200 range I'd go with the 7850.. If you want cheaper the 650ti boost is looking pretty good. What's your other system Specs?
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March 30, 2013 7:21:36 PM

I personally would recommend against a 650, depending on your resolution it could be a very slow card. Go for a 650ti or 7750 as a bare minimum.

What is your processor? You can get a 2GB 7850 in budget, which kills anything else, but may be held back by your CPU.
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March 30, 2013 7:21:46 PM

that would be a solid upgrade...its faster then your card by a good click....the TI or ti boost would be much better though

i like nvidia because the drivers are more stable and the added bonus of physx support....if you want to go amd though the 7770 or 7850 would be good choices as well.
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March 30, 2013 7:30:58 PM

@Pgooch
AMD PHENOM X4 965 Black edition.
M4A79TD EVO MOTHERBOARD (yes I know it's PCI-e 2.0 but I hear 3.0 cards will work, but what is the difference?)
500 GB Seagate Hard Drive.
8GB of 1600MHZ ram.
600w PSU.
64bit Windows Ultimate (don't know if this matters)

@Cookybiscuit My Resolution 1600 900.
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March 30, 2013 7:32:12 PM

I just bought an "old" 560 2 GB for $145 at Newegg, it was an upgrade from a 3 year old 9800 GT 512 MB.
My graphics windows experience went up to 7.7, all programs now load supper fast, and it runs Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider 2013
with everything maxed out!

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March 30, 2013 7:36:48 PM

drwho1 said:
I just bought an "old" 560 2 GB for $145 at Newegg, it was an upgrade from a 3 year old 9800 GT 512 MB.
My graphics windows experience went up to 7.7, all programs now load supper fast, and it runs Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider 2013
with everything maxed out!



one of my rigs runs two gtx570s and it can play crysis 3 on max resolution and details but not filters (txaa or smaa 2x) so your not quite maxed but close on your gtx560...though my 2 gtx 670s can MSAA 8x AF 16 @1080p



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March 30, 2013 7:44:19 PM

With that resolution you could get an even cheaper card but I would go with 7850, the 965 won't bottleneck it..
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March 30, 2013 7:45:35 PM

Not saying the brand on your psu kind of scares me..
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March 30, 2013 7:47:44 PM

Pgooch said:
Not saying the brand on your psu kind of scares me..


It's a ROSEWILL PERFORMANCE Series RP600V2-S-SL.
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March 30, 2013 7:48:04 PM

Pgooch said:
Not saying the brand on your psu kind of scares me..


yeah what brand and wattage is your PSU....its important for adding GPU's...to little wattage or amps and your gpu won't run at all or won't run properly risking damaging your whole rig.
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March 30, 2013 7:54:44 PM

atomicWAR said:
Pgooch said:
Not saying the brand on your psu kind of scares me..


yeah what brand and wattage is your PSU....its important for adding GPU's...to little wattage or amps and your gpu won't run at all or won't run properly risking damaging your whole rig.


Yeah, I guess I spaced on that, but as I wrote above it's a Rosewill performance series RP600v2-S-Sl
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March 30, 2013 7:58:19 PM

rosewill is great for cases but not power supplies....you should only use seasonic, xfx, pc power and cooling or corsair...

gtx650 and gtx65 ti 400w min
gtx 650 ti boost 450w min


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March 30, 2013 7:59:54 PM

atomicWAR said:
rosewill is great for cases but not power supplies....you should only use seasonic, xfx, pc power and cooling or corsair...

gtx650 and gtx65 ti 400w min
gtx 650 ti boost 450w min




Yeah but the GTX 280 is a 500W PSU requirement so I should be fine, right?
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March 30, 2013 8:01:40 PM

yes...but your PSU is very very questionable quality. if your willing to risk it is on you....but you do have the wattage and amps you need (in theory)
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March 30, 2013 8:02:48 PM

atomicWAR said:
rosewill is great for cases but not power supplies....you should only use seasonic, xfx, pc power and cooling or corsair...

gtx650 and gtx65 ti 400w min
gtx 650 ti boost 450w min




Agreed.
Myself I use PC Power and Cooling.
I don't really care about Corsair though.

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March 31, 2013 10:55:40 AM

There are other quality brands also like Silverstone and Antec just do some research and look at reviews of the power supply.
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March 31, 2013 5:05:27 PM

Well, thanks everyone for the replies, I'm going to do some price-to-power comparisons, and shop around for a potential PSU upgrade.
So far my choices are GTX 650, GTX 650 ti, GTX 650 ti boost.
You've all been a big help, I respond later with my decision.
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April 1, 2013 5:47:09 AM

if you can afford the gtx 650 ti boost its the best of the three.....get it.
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