Would it be better to focus on a 4gb GTX 670 or 2GB GTX 670?
Am I aiming too high? Should go down a notch too a HD 7870?
Your processor will bottleneck all those GPUs, you need or get new PC (buy or build), or lower your expecttions to something like GTX 650TI or 7850 at most if not lower.
That's good to know. Thanks so much for replying.
My ears perked up when you mentioned that I could go even lower than i expected. That means I can save a nice bit of money.
The 7850 or the GTX 650TI still seem to be much more powerful than the card I have now.
When you mentioned the GTX 650TI did you mean the 1gb or the 2gb version. I also noticed that some of the cards I looked at are GTX 650 TI boost (1gb & 2gb), but I am not sure if that's overkill.
I'd like to come as close to the maximum GPU power without creating bottlenecking. With that said if the next GPU down the line is significantly less powerful then I wouldn't mind buying one that slightly outperforms my CPU to close the performance gap. (Would it create problems to do that?)
In the future, I'd really like to build a rig from the ground up. I have been casually checking out different articles on the matter. I won't feel comfortable building a PC without completely understanding how to match the all different components to achieve balanced performance. I have a lot to learn before I reach the point where I'm knowledgeable enough to make those decisions on my own.
Do you have any resources that could help me learn more about building a PC on my own?
I am specializing on upgrading Dells even beyond Dell official recommendations, however I am just above NOOB level in building systems.
So, I would recommend to start new thread with just building PC questions, don't mix any Dell leftovers into the title, you can mention later that you want to transfer parts. In this case users who are good with advising on self building PCs would jump in, and there would be lots of advisers.
Wish you best of lack.
1. If 1GB and 2GB both are DDR5, then get 2GB, if 2GB is DDR3 then get 1GB. DDR5 is always faster than DDR3, no matter how many GBs DDR3 has.
2. I think you actually can go up to 660 actually or below, if you bottleneck a bit - not such a big deal. Now all depends on your budget.
3. Nothing here, look to 2
I think I have some bottleneck but I was able to see Ultra on BF3 with GTX 660 on Phenom II x4 965 BE so be it.