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Best Option for Graphics upgrade on older system q6600 8g 2tb

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October 14, 2013 7:27:28 AM

Okay my Son's computer died against my better judgment he went out and spent his own hard earned cash on a friends second hand system

q6600 8Gb ram 2Tb of HD I rummaged around and found a working 9700 Cooler and got the computer 6 hours of Prime 95 stable at 3.4Ghz with a minor vcore bump (got lucky)

I found a few older video cards in my computer parts bin

Hd 5870 gtx 465 and a gtx 470 with Zman cooler and a gtx 480

I already got him his Christmas present 4 tires for his truck so I told him he will have to work off the video card around 50 bucks seems fair


Of those cards which is going to be best for a q6600 at 3.4ghz

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October 14, 2013 7:33:38 AM

The GTX 480 is a small bit faster in some games and much faster than it in others than the 5870.

Please note it comes with a VERY hefty power requirement.

Feel free to check out this review that has several games as well as power and noise numbers.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_4...
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October 14, 2013 7:47:22 AM

My choice would be the 5870. Or the GTX 480 which is a bit faster if you have a beefy PSU and don't mind inflating your power bills, noise and heat ;) 
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October 14, 2013 7:58:56 AM

I also have a 4870 X2 if that matters
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October 14, 2013 8:00:55 AM

With some of the corssfire issues and rather high power, I do not tend to recommend it now.

I think the 5870 is still faster too(for most games at least) :) 

You can not get one perfect card. It varies from game to game and card to card.
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