Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Looking to upgrade to best possible GPU (based on my PSU/CPU/Specs)

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
April 30, 2013 8:30:07 AM

So I've found my current card to be very underwhelming for the amount of money I spent on the rest of the system. So I'm looking to upgrade only my GPU at this point in time.

I was hoping some experts on here could give me some guidance based on these parameters:

- I am only interested in nVidia products (The game I play, Darkfall: Unholy Wars seems run most efficiently with these cards. I've seen many people report various technical difficulties/crashes with other brands.

- I want to be able to run all games at a 1920x1080 resolution. As of right now I am forced to run this particular game in a lower resolution which I do not enjoy at all.

Here are my full system specs at the time of this post:

- Intel i7 3820 Processor running @ 3.8ghz
- Liquid CPU Cooling System 120mm Fan
- 16GB DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws X
- NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti - 2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 1071MHz
- ASUS P9X79 LE - 2x USB 3.0 MOBO
- 180 GB Intel 330 SSD
- 1 TB Hard Drive 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
- 500 Watt - Corsair CX500 V2


Giving as much detail as possible as I do not want to take any risks in screwing something up. This is a fairly new build (January '13) and from the information I've gathered it seems that my GPU is the bottle neck. I'm a bit worried about the 500w PSU being slightly low? I could be wrong here.

Although I'd like any experts here to post their feeling.

As of now I was leaning towards a GTX 660 Ti but I'm open to other suggestions as I'm looking for the best bang for my buck.

$280 price limit for a GPU.
April 30, 2013 8:42:46 AM

ASHISH65 said:
The best gpu for you is gtx 660ti 2gb.your psu is fine for rig

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yea, this seems to be quite the popular card right now. Would there be any bottle necking that you could see with the rest of my system? Or would this fit perfectly?

Would you say the GTX 650 ti that I have right now is a substantial bottle neck? I'm wondering how much of a performance boost I'd see if I bought the card you suggested.

Also I notice that card is SLI-ready, which I don't be doing. Are all GTX 660 ti's SLI-ready or does that increase the price?
m
0
l
Related resources
a b à CPUs
April 30, 2013 8:52:30 AM

no bottelenck.you have beast cpu.
m
0
l

Best solution

a b à CPUs
April 30, 2013 9:09:51 AM

GTX 660Ti is the best in your budget range, but I have a feeling you'll be slightly happier with a GTX 670 if you can afford it. You may also want to wait til next month when the GTX 760Ti is released - supposedly at $300. That would be the best option if the rumors are true.
Share
April 30, 2013 9:20:30 AM

zdbc13 said:
I'd save some money and get a 670 or 680. The 660ti is only one tier improvement and Tom's recommends at least 3 tiers for best results.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


You mean the gtx 660 ti is only one tier higher than a gtx 650? I'm not so sure about that when you look at http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html. Also the 670 and 680 seem to have a significant price leap from the gtx 660 ti.

Do any of you know when the prices of these cards typically drop? Hasn't the gtx 660 ti been around for a while now?

Tom's list might be referring to the gtx 650 ti BOOST which has entirely different specs than mine...
m
0
l
April 30, 2013 9:46:31 AM

jessterman21 said:
GTX 660Ti is the best in your budget range, but I have a feeling you'll be slightly happier with a GTX 670 if you can afford it. You may also want to wait til next month when the GTX 760Ti is released - supposedly at $300. That would be the best option if the rumors are true.


Now this definitely catches my interest. I will absolutely hold off for a GTX 760 Ti if it does release within the next two months or so at that price. My only concern is that it will most likely require a higher watt PSU than the one I listed.
m
0
l
a b à CPUs
April 30, 2013 10:26:13 AM

merlot22 said:
jessterman21 said:
GTX 660Ti is the best in your budget range, but I have a feeling you'll be slightly happier with a GTX 670 if you can afford it. You may also want to wait til next month when the GTX 760Ti is released - supposedly at $300. That would be the best option if the rumors are true.


Now this definitely catches my interest. I will absolutely hold off for a GTX 760 Ti if it does release within the next two months or so at that price. My only concern is that it will most likely require a higher watt PSU than the one I listed.


No way - that's a great PSU, and it could handle any single-gpu card in your system.

I'm excited too - hoping to upgrade to a 760 or 760Ti by the end of this year. Here are the sources of the rumors:
http://fudzilla.com/home/item/31077-desktop-geforce-7-c...
http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2013/4/22/the-2013...
m
0
l
a b à CPUs
April 30, 2013 10:46:53 AM

what gets me is the fact that you spent money on the 3820 and the the money on a motherboard for it when the performance of an 1155 socket would have been the same......... saving you enough money to buy a good power supply and maybe even a better video card right off the bat. therefore this conversation wouldn't be happening.

m
0
l
April 30, 2013 1:02:38 PM

20/20 hindsight, Swifty.....
m
0
l
!