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July 2, 2013 6:53:38 PM

Why Are You Upgrading: My graphics card recently started puttering out and dying, it was supporting two monitors up until recently and now will only turn on with one monitor attached, and it starts making fairly loud grumbling noises when I actually try to play games. Tech-proficient friend confirmed that it was definitely the graphics card with the problem, and I love using two monitors at once so I'd like to get a replacement :(  It's still working (sort of) for now, but gradually getting louder.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month or two

Budget Range: No real limits, but I don't need the bestest most expensive thing around.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games (gw2, steam stuff), adobe photoshop, general internet and tv shows and whatnot.

Parts to Upgrade: Graphics Card

Location: I live in Melbourne, Australia, so places like MSY, pc case gear, scorptech etc are in my area. Amazon and stuff might work too.

Your Monitor Resolution:
1920x1080

Current Build:
Corsair GS-600 Power Supply
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Gigabyte GA-880G-UD3H Motherboard
Corsair CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3
(dying) HIS Radeon HD6870 1GB
As well as storage and blah blah. If I've left anything important out sorry, I'm a bit of a doofus.

Additional question!! I am unsure if I will need to upgrade anything else to keep my computer running nicely with the new video card and games and such, I would appreciate any advice if that is the case :) 

Additional question number two: (This isn't really the right place for this one so feel free to ignore) I've had this computer for about 3 years now I think, is it worth replacing the graphics card at this point or should I tolerate the dying card and save up for an entirely or mostly new build all together? I've been considering switching to intel from amd and I'm not sure if I want to spend money on parts compatible with this build and then have to get new ones again in a year or two if I decide to overhaul everything...
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July 2, 2013 7:01:11 PM


All that info and no budget ? These US prices

$125 ish - HD 7770
$155 ish - GTX 650 Ti Boost
$250 ish - GTX 760
$400 ish - GTX 770

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July 2, 2013 7:04:39 PM

I don't know too much about what they cost so I wasn't sure what kind of budget to suggest, I guess under 300 would be nice but if going above that gets a better card that's worth the price increase, so be it! But I don't want to be spending more money on a nice card that the rest of my system can't keep up with... Bottlenecking? Is that the term?
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July 2, 2013 7:30:02 PM

cheska said:
I don't know too much about what they cost so I wasn't sure what kind of budget to suggest, I guess under 300 would be nice but if going above that gets a better card that's worth the price increase, so be it! But I don't want to be spending more money on a nice card that the rest of my system can't keep up with... Bottlenecking? Is that the term?


Sounds like the GTX 760 is the card for you. My pref: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

@Jack, you forgot $200 ish - GTX 660/HD 7870
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July 2, 2013 10:44:59 PM

Thanks for the advice jesster! I'm having a little trouble finding that card within an Australian store, so I'm still hunting around, do you think it would be worth getting another brand so I can get the card closer to home or is the MSI from newegg still a solid choice despite the international shipping and whatnot. (I reckon it still looks good and newegg is cheaper than a lot of aussie stores, just thought I'd check)
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July 3, 2013 7:21:32 AM

cheska said:
Thanks for the advice jesster! I'm having a little trouble finding that card within an Australian store, so I'm still hunting around, do you think it would be worth getting another brand so I can get the card closer to home or is the MSI from newegg still a solid choice despite the international shipping and whatnot. (I reckon it still looks good and newegg is cheaper than a lot of aussie stores, just thought I'd check)


Oh, no - Newegg doesn't do international sales, just Canada. Any other brand will be fine, but probably not as cool or quiet. The ASUS DirectCU is a good one - or the EVGA ACX one. The others are blower-style coolers meant for cases without good airflow. They're louder and hotter, but exhaust all hot air out the back of your case.
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July 3, 2013 4:37:16 PM

Augh! Things like that annoy me a whole lot, I wish more places would ship internationally :( 

Australian stock can be really limited and overpriced too, all the gtx 760s I've seen in Aussie shops have been at least 300, usually around 330-350.

I'll have a look at services like http://www.priceusa.com.au/index.html and https://bongous.com/ which allow you to buy from american stores and ship to australia. Even with whatever price they add it might still be equivalent or cheaper, and I'm not in a great rush to I can wait for the shipping. Thank you for your hep :) 
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July 3, 2013 6:52:16 PM

Update, looks like using the middle man shipping thingy will end up being too expensive to bother with.

I'll go with a store here which is more expensive (grumble grumble australian prices grumble) and I'm considering dropping down to a gtx 660, to pay a bit less? Will a 660 still be able to play games like gw2 with very high/ultra settings (yes, i'm a brat, hush)

gtx 760's available are:
ASUS - http://tinyurl.com/mj9up6y - $349
EVGA - http://tinyurl.com/mhd53nt - $345

gtx 660's:
MSI - http://tinyurl.com/l7ps7z6 - $219
Gigabyte - http://tinyurl.com/l6tgswc - $229
EVGA - http://tinyurl.com/mh58awz - $249

Any thoughts or recommendations on those options?
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July 7, 2013 3:43:57 PM

cheska said:
Update, looks like using the middle man shipping thingy will end up being too expensive to bother with.

I'll go with a store here which is more expensive (grumble grumble australian prices grumble) and I'm considering dropping down to a gtx 660, to pay a bit less? Will a 660 still be able to play games like gw2 with very high/ultra settings (yes, i'm a brat, hush)

gtx 760's available are:
ASUS - http://tinyurl.com/mj9up6y - $349
EVGA - http://tinyurl.com/mhd53nt - $345

gtx 660's:
MSI - http://tinyurl.com/l7ps7z6 - $219
Gigabyte - http://tinyurl.com/l6tgswc - $229
EVGA - http://tinyurl.com/mh58awz - $249

Any thoughts or recommendations on those options?


Grab that Gigabyte GTX 660 - the price is too high on those 760s in comparison. You won't be GPU-limited in GW2.
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July 7, 2013 4:12:34 PM

Thank you Jesster! I will do that :)  thanks for the advice.
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