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November 11, 2013 4:23:29 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to update my graphics cards because I believe they are getting a bit outdated. I'm currently using 2 gtx 470's, and I think upgrading to a new graphics card will help my games run smoother.

I'm using a intel i7 960 @ 3.2ghz and 12 gigs of ram so I don't think I need to upgrade anything else currently, just the graphics card (please correct me if I'm wrong).

Just wondering what would help me run my games better (ffxiv, bf4, etc.) for a budget of around 400-800 dollars. I appreciate any help and input, thank you.

EDIT: Would my processor bottleneck higher end graphics cards like a gtx titan?

November 11, 2013 4:29:06 PM

lucas88 said:
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to update my graphics cards because I believe they are getting a bit outdated. I'm currently using 2 gtx 470's, and I think upgrading to a new graphics card will help my games run smoother.

I'm using a intel i7 960 @ 3.2ghz and 12 gigs of ram so I don't think I need to upgrade anything else currently, just the graphics card (please correct me if I'm wrong).

Just wondering what would help me run my games better (ffxiv, bf4, etc.) for a budget of around 400-800 dollars. I appreciate any help and input, thank you.

EDIT: Would my processor bottleneck higher end graphics cards like a gtx titan?


Get Radeon HD 7990 (http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...). It's the most powerful card out there and I think your CPU will do just fine without any bottlenecking or throttling what so ever!

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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2013 4:46:25 PM
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Get the GTX780Ti not the cheapest but a very amazing card. Your cpu will also over clock easily to 4 GHz with a decent cooler.
-Bruce
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November 11, 2013 4:49:18 PM

dish_moose said:
Get the GTX780Ti not the cheapest but a very amazing card. Your cpu will also over clock easily to 4 GHz with a decent cooler.
-Bruce

He can get something better for $800, like HD 7990..
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2013 2:05:15 AM

For a single card (no SLI or Xfire issues) the 780Ti is as good as it gets. For gaming 780Ti is better than Titan and less expensive. What about frame pacing in AMD cards? MAX FPS ain't worth %^&$ if the game play isn't smooth.
-Bruce
November 12, 2013 7:10:29 AM

dish_moose said:
For a single card (no SLI or Xfire issues) the 780Ti is as good as it gets. For gaming 780Ti is better than Titan and less expensive. What about frame pacing in AMD cards? MAX FPS ain't worth %^&$ if the game play isn't smooth.
-Bruce

Why are people so obsessed that SLI and Crossfire have such insane problems? I've been running 2 x HD 7870 in CF and have never had 1 single problem in any game what so ever. The FPS boost is beyond the top (between a single card and CF), there are absolutely no things even resembling stuttering or freezing and the gameplay is very decent.
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2013 7:12:45 AM

Look at my sig - I too have dual cards. Latest problem - COD Ghosts!!! Previous problem COD BO2!!!
-Bruce
November 12, 2013 7:20:02 AM

dish_moose said:
Look at my sig - I too have dual cards. Latest problem - COD Ghosts!!! Previous problem COD BO2!!!
-Bruce

Yeah, right.. As if my friend with i7-3740QM and HD 7970M doesn't get 20 FPS on low while playing COD Ghosts as well.. So don't blame the SLI.
November 12, 2013 2:58:51 PM

dish_moose said:
Get real - it is a documented SLI issue with Ghosts.
http://community.callofduty.com/thread/200789736#.UoJow...
-Bruce
Edit to lucas88 - I'm thinking of a GTX 770 - if I could afford more a GTX 780Ti would be in my computer case.

Asked another friend today with i5-2400 and HD 6850.. He also has major problems with Ghosts as well as the one with HD 7970M, so since even one of the most popular single cards suffer major issues, we should not get scared of CF or SLI.. I bet you enjoy your 460 SLI as much as I, my 7870 CF.
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2013 3:16:44 PM

dish_moose said:
Get real - it is a documented SLI issue with Ghosts.
http://community.callofduty.com/thread/200789736#.UoJow...
-Bruce
Edit to lucas88 - I'm thinking of a GTX 770 - if I could afford more a GTX 780Ti would be in my computer case.

go on youtube a search "tech of tomorrow" even they had problems with cod ghost with a gtx 780 and stuttering. with my CF setup i have nothing but good things to say.
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2013 3:54:06 PM

Yes my SLI GTX 460s have been good but they still have more problems than a single card would have. Games designed for consoles just don't get the same attention for us pc gamers. With BO2 I edited my SLI profile based on the recommendations of somebody on the nvidia forums before the official solution that came out 2 full months after the game was released. I'm not saying SLI or Xfire do not work - they just do not get the same attention because there are fewer people running multi gpu set-ups. I am disappointed that I have to run a new game supposedly optimized for nvidia that does not properly support SLI.
-Bruce
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