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April 14, 2013 1:35:29 PM

Hello Folks, at the moment my specs are:

I5 2500 non k
8 gb corsair vengance ram, 1600mhz
TX650 watt PSU
GTX 660 ti.
SSD 120gb and 2 TB harddrive.

Want i'm asking is if i can upgrade to a GTX 680/670 with my setup? Is my PSU good enough? Will my CPU bottleneck the GPU? Any feedback is appreicated.
April 14, 2013 1:36:33 PM

i would say get 7970 instead.

your PSU is strong enough.
a c 91 U Graphics card
April 14, 2013 1:41:56 PM

why do you think you need to upgrade? monitor size/res. machine usage?
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April 14, 2013 1:43:42 PM

chromic said:
i would say get 7970 instead.

your PSU is strong enough.


I've had a really bad exprience with my last AMD card, so i refuse to buy another card from them. But what about the GTX 680/670
April 14, 2013 1:45:18 PM

swifty_morgan said:
why do you think you need to upgrade? monitor size/res. machine usage?


Well, i'm looking to upgrade my Graphics card for better performance at higher resoloutions/high settings.
April 14, 2013 1:52:03 PM

Chioas12 said:
chromic said:
i would say get 7970 instead.

your PSU is strong enough.


I've had a really bad exprience with my last AMD card, so i refuse to buy another card from them. But what about the GTX 680/670


what expirience? ive had 3850 - 4850 - 5850 and now 7870 xt with no problems at all
April 14, 2013 1:56:56 PM

chromic said:
Chioas12 said:
chromic said:
i would say get 7970 instead.

your PSU is strong enough.


I've had a really bad exprience with my last AMD card, so i refuse to buy another card from them. But what about the GTX 680/670




what expirience? ive had 3850 - 4850 - 5850 and now 7870 xt with no problems at all


Driver issues, card crashing in certain games causing my computer to cease up and had to shut it down by holding down the power button or unplugging it, lines down my screen ect. Sent it back to where i bought it, got it back from and they said nothing was wrong with it, worked for a few days then did the same again and just ended up getting ridd of it and buying a GTX 660 ti and all crashes/system lock ups stopped.
a c 91 U Graphics card
April 14, 2013 1:58:18 PM

the AMD card listed IS a better candidate. and I can assure you, the troubles you may have experienced were from user error not ati's inadequacies.
April 14, 2013 2:01:02 PM

swifty_morgan said:
the AMD card listed IS a better candidate. and I can assure you, the troubles you may have experienced were from user error not ati's inadequacies.


I may have had a faulty card as no user could of made a card hard crash your system with vertical lines down your screen, and when sending it back to them they said nothing was wrong, only for it to do it again. I even bought a new PSU to see if it was getting enough power, nope still happened.
a c 91 U Graphics card
April 14, 2013 2:08:22 PM

what is your monitor size/res? and are you going to upgrade that any time soon and too what? and what do you mean by better performance?
a c 80 U Graphics card
April 14, 2013 2:11:07 PM

What BRAND of amd card was it? It could very well have been a bad card that, when you sent it back, they didn't even bother to actually test. It happens sometimes.

That being said, if you stick with nvidia, the 680 is an absolute waste of money - it's only 5% faster than a 670, but costs 25% more. That means you're paying another $100 for perhaps 5FPS... and considering most games will already be maxed at more than your monitor's refresh rate, it's more like burning the $100 and scattering the ashes.
April 14, 2013 2:23:07 PM

DarkSable said:
What BRAND of amd card was it? It could very well have been a bad card that, when you sent it back, they didn't even bother to actually test. It happens sometimes.

That being said, if you stick with nvidia, the 680 is an absolute waste of money - it's only 5% faster than a 670, but costs 25% more. That means you're paying another $100 for perhaps 5FPS... and considering most games will already be maxed at more than your monitor's refresh rate, it's more like burning the $100 and scattering the ashes.


It was AMD Sapphire 7870, So your advice would be to get the MSI GTX 670?

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a c 80 U Graphics card
April 14, 2013 2:31:51 PM
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Chioas12 said:
It was AMD Sapphire 7870, So your advice would be to get the MSI GTX 670?


Funny. Sapphire usually does very good work with customer support.

MSI, Asus, and EVGA are all good pics. I usually like EVGA for their legendary warranty and customer service, but MSI has good cards as well. Just avoid Gigabyte - they have the "fastest" 670, and it's cheap, but the cooler is noisy, the card is prone to problems, and the customer service is horrible.

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