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Need Help On Graphics Card Upgrade

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April 11, 2013 1:37:36 PM

So let me start off with this, I tried 2 ATI cards in my system. The first one would not let my PC post. Not sure if is was DOA or what. But the second one would let it post, run good for 15 minutes to an hour and then would just cut off the display. I then tried a GTS 450 and it booted up with no problems at all. But I think it's time for an upgrade. I primarily play the latest games such as Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider. But I also play Dota 2. I run 2 displays at 1920x1080, I would prefer a mini HDMI input and 2 DVI as that is what I currently have.
Specs:

    CPU: Intel Core i5 760 @ 2.80 GHz
    MOBO: Intel DH55HC
    Ram: 2x 4GB Corsair DDR3 XMS
    PSU: Corsair THX 750
    Case: Haf 922

I would like to spend about $200-$350. I mainly use NewEgg for all my computer purchases so that would be preferred. Thanks in advance for any recommendations I receive.

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April 11, 2013 1:50:25 PM

Yes but currently OOS. Didnt notice. Still if you want to spend get the 670. Its better and if you add another one down the road they will kill everything. Im planning to get a single 670 after selling my SLI 560 Ti :) 
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April 11, 2013 2:09:23 PM

prototype18 said:
Yes but currently OOS. Didnt notice. Still if you want to spend get the 670. Its better and if you add another one down the road they will kill everything. Im planning to get a single 670 after selling my SLI 560 Ti :) 


This. I've used a 7970 and the 670 in the small form factor build I've got in my sig, and I much prefer the 670. The 7970 gives higher fps, but has higher frame latencies, and that's a noticeable flaw with a 120Hz monitor. (It's also hotter and louder, which are not nice in a SFF build.)

Basically, if you see yourself upgrading to a triple monitor or high-resolution setup, get the 7950. If you see yourself upgrading to a 120Hz monitor at any point, go with the 670. If you don't see either of those happening, it doesn't matter much, since both will max most games out there.
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April 12, 2013 11:26:28 AM

DarkSable said:
prototype18 said:
Yes but currently OOS. Didnt notice. Still if you want to spend get the 670. Its better and if you add another one down the road they will kill everything. Im planning to get a single 670 after selling my SLI 560 Ti :) 


This. I've used a 7970 and the 670 in the small form factor build I've got in my sig, and I much prefer the 670. The 7970 gives higher fps, but has higher frame latencies, and that's a noticeable flaw with a 120Hz monitor. (It's also hotter and louder, which are not nice in a SFF build.)

Basically, if you see yourself upgrading to a triple monitor or high-resolution setup, get the 7950. If you see yourself upgrading to a 120Hz monitor at any point, go with the 670. If you don't see either of those happening, it doesn't matter much, since both will max most games out there.


I looked through a few more sites and I saw that Asus and other companies made 7950 HD cards. What is the difference or is there even a difference between them? I noticed a little price difference, but I didn't look to deep into the specifications.
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April 12, 2013 12:09:22 PM

Big_Cat97 said:
I looked through a few more sites and I saw that Asus and other companies made 7950 HD cards. What is the difference or is there even a difference between them? I noticed a little price difference, but I didn't look to deep into the specifications.


... Okay, so the upgrade path of Nvidia for single GPU cards looks like this : 640-650-650ti-660-660ti-670-680
The upgrade path of the same for AMD looks like this, ignoring GHz ed cards: 7750-7770-7790-7850-7870-7870XT-7950-7970

That means that the 7950 is slower by about 10-20%. It's worse than the 670, but has more overclocking headroom, so they'll end up giving roughly the same fps reading. (But the 670 will give slightly smoother gameplay still.)
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