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Upgrading from Radeon HD 4850, need some advice

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November 27, 2013 9:26:54 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between now and Christmas
BUDGET RANGE: Up to $600 Before Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Bioshock Infinite is probably the most intensive, but I play many games and want to be able to play games-yet-to-come at full settings), home theater (my TV is often hooked up to my card), playing on two monitors.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY
: Radeon HD 4850 (like 4-5 years old) with a 500W Thermaltake PSU.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: My computer is essentially an un-altered Dell Studio XPS with this motherboard:
Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Model: 0R849J
Chipset: Intel X58
Southbridge: Intel 82801JR (ICH10R)
LPCIO: ITE IT8720

RAM: 12 GB DDR3
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
The case is a normal Studio XPS case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS
: Amazon or Newegg, preferably Amazon
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES
: No preference really, I've been using AMD for a long time with no problems but I'm not biased.

OVERCLOCKING
: Maybe (if necessary) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (x2)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The main reason I'm upgrading is that my current card overheats easily with two monitors running (even at reduced settings) and can't handle high settings on newer games. Ideally, I would like to be able to play even the most intense games at max settings on two monitors (so that my card will stay relevant for years to come).

The cards I am considering are:

ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX770 2GB GDDR5 256-bit, DVI-I/DVI-D/ HDMI/DP PCI-Express 3.0 SLI ready Graphic Card OC-selected 1110MHz core

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3F7CFK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_n...

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost 3GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-03-40G
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...

And I realize I may need a new PSU and was considering this one (if necessary):

Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_n...

My main issues with choosing a card arise from my lack of knowledge on what GPUs and PSUs work with my MoBo and case. I'm sure I'm also not as informed as I could be as to what the best GPU for what I need is, and as such I'm open to all suggestions. A budget isn't much of an issue (hence the needlessly high cap), I just want to be sure to get a card that won't need an upgrade for 3+ years.

Please let me know if I forgot to include any important information, and thank you for your time!

Side note: If you think I need more than a simple GPU upgrade for what I want to do, let me know. I don't foresee this being the case (my CPU and RAM should be pretty decent...), but I don't know nearly as much about this stuff as I could.

-Ryan

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November 27, 2013 9:35:37 PM

both should work unless the cards and mb have a bios issue. (bug).
the power supply you linked is a good upgrade. at some point i would also get a new mb and cpu. you can put in a high end gpu but at some point older cpu going to hold that gpu back in newer games.
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November 28, 2013 11:18:02 AM

smorizio said:
both should work unless the cards and mb have a bios issue. (bug).
the power supply you linked is a good upgrade. at some point i would also get a new mb and cpu. you can put in a high end gpu but at some point older cpu going to hold that gpu back in newer games.


Thanks for the speedy reply!

Is there any way to know if there will be a BIOS issue with a card before buying and installing the card? I tried to look up BIOS issues with my MB and the two cards I listed, but came up with nothing which leads me to assume there are none.

Additionally, is it worth upgrading my CPU right now? And if so, would I need a new MB as well? And how hard are those things to install for a layman like myself? In case it's needed, my CPU socket is Socket 1366 LGA.


Edit: Doing some minor digging into decent CPUs has lead me to believe I would definitely need a new MB as well. I found these two options and wanted to know what you guys think:


Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache - BX80646I54670K
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4670K-Quad-Core-Desktop-...

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G45 GAMING
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Motherboard-Motherboards-Z87-...

If I were to upgrade my MB and CPU, would these be good choices? And would I be able to install them myself? And finally, would I need any other new hardware (i.e. would my RAM still work with the MB)?

I know that was quite a few additional questions, but I'd like to make sure my new GPU isn't slowed down by any of my other current hardware. Thanks again!

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November 28, 2013 2:16:16 PM

you can save some cash on your build look at the asus-a mb. all mb have sound on them. most new mb it extra ports or features that you pay for like the asus sabertooth. the old ddr3 ram should work if it 1.5v use cpu-z and under memory tab look at the make and info and google it. ib and haswell memory controller made for 1.5v ram. yu can put in 1.65v ram in but intel considers that overclocking.
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December 1, 2013 12:43:52 PM

smorizio said:
you can save some cash on your build look at the asus-a mb. all mb have sound on them. most new mb it extra ports or features that you pay for like the asus sabertooth. the old ddr3 ram should work if it 1.5v use cpu-z and under memory tab look at the make and info and google it. ib and haswell memory controller made for 1.5v ram. yu can put in 1.65v ram in but intel considers that overclocking.


Sorry for the late reply, I've been away for Thanksgiving. Now I'm back and looking to buy my upgrades within the next few weeks so it's time to make sure I'm not making any fatal mistakes.

So I tried to find an "asus-a" motherboard and couldn't find anything. Would you mind finding a link for it if you have the time? My RAM is 12 GB of 1.5v DDR3 and I'm not too worried about that aspect of my machine. Mainly I want to upgrade the GPU, and I will upgrade the CPU if people think it's necessary to get the kind of performance I'm looking for.

Thanks again for your time!
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December 3, 2013 10:46:50 PM

Shameless bump.

I'm still wondering: if the two cards I linked are ideal, if people think I would need a new CPU/Mobo to get the performance I'm looking for, if I would be able to install the CPU/Mobo by myself (being a layman).

Thanks!
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December 4, 2013 8:45:00 PM

Ah thanks, I guess I'll upgrade my cpu and mobo while I'm at it. The mobo you linked looks good, I'll probably go with that if that's what you recommend.

My only remaining question really is whether or not I would be able to install the new CPU and Mobo myself or if it would be better to have someone do it for me. I know it's pretty simple to put in a new GPU as I've done it several times, but I've never replaced a CPU or Mobo.

Thanks again!
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