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August 19, 2013 8:11:47 PM

Budget:
USD $200-300

System specs:

Motherboard:

Asus M5A97 (PCI-E 2.0)

CPU:

AMD FX-8120 8 core processor

Memory:

Corsair DDR3 PC3-10700H (667 MHz) (4 gigs x 4)

Graphics card:

Asus Radeon 5750HD (overclocked to 870 MHz from 700 MHz using CCC)

Summary of my question(s)

I'm looking to buy a new RADEON(preferrably Asus)<----- card that is considerably better but I don't want it to be so advanced that it is bottle-necked by the 2.0 PCI-E slot (I may be talking nonsense but it's the best i can do due to my limited knowledge of PC hardware)

Important side question:

I have 2 PCI-E 2.0 16x slots but one of them is labeled (x4 mode)

Will I get the full performance if I add a second card or should I just use one card until I get a motherboard with 2 standard PCI-E 16x slots?

And finally - how does choice of monitor affect the framerates I will get in a game if at all ;)  thanks for reading my long post - I only buy a new video card every 4 or 5 years so I want to make this one count.

This purchase is only being made to improve my performance in my favorite game Planetside 2

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August 19, 2013 8:14:05 PM

What is your budget for a new card?
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August 19, 2013 8:17:18 PM

_Shadow_ said:
What is your budget for a new card?


$200-$300 USD
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August 19, 2013 8:20:53 PM

For your price range I would recommend a GTX 760 as I think that will perform great on PS2 (Anywhere from 50-70fps depending on battle sizes) and also it overclocks very well. I would recommend the ASUS GTX 760 here as it is fast and quiet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 19, 2013 8:30:20 PM

_Shadow_ said:
For your price range I would recommend a GTX 760 as I think that will perform great on PS2 (Anywhere from 50-70fps depending on battle sizes) and also it overclocks very well. I would recommend the ASUS GTX 760 here as it is fast and quiet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


+1 on the 760 recommendation, but how about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Higher clock speed, higher reviews, same price, just as good if not better quality
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August 19, 2013 8:31:16 PM

_Shadow_ said:
For your price range I would recommend a GTX 760 as I think that will perform great on PS2 (Anywhere from 50-70fps depending on battle sizes) and also it overclocks very well. I would recommend the ASUS GTX 760 here as it is fast and quiet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


also is my 850 watt PSU going to be enough for this new card?

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August 19, 2013 8:34:32 PM

NGGDavid said:
_Shadow_ said:
For your price range I would recommend a GTX 760 as I think that will perform great on PS2 (Anywhere from 50-70fps depending on battle sizes) and also it overclocks very well. I would recommend the ASUS GTX 760 here as it is fast and quiet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


also is my 850 watt PSU going to be enough for this new card?



Yes

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August 19, 2013 8:34:59 PM

Yes, the minimum is about 550W. And if you do get the MSI 760 Gaming OC card, here is a guide to help you safely OC your card and achieve its maximum potential: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/07/02/msi_n760_tf_2...

Good luck, and if you have any questions, just ask
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