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Upgrading my graphics card! Help required.

Hi All,

I'm looking into upgrading my computer to play some new games. I haven't upgraded or kept up to date with the technology for a couple of years.

My current set up is:
Intel i5 750 @ 2.67GHz
Samsung 120 SSD
GSkill 4GB
GTX460SE

I've been reading around and think that my CPU will be ok, and I am willing to OC it.

What GPU should I get that will give me a good boost in performance without breaking my wallet?
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    The 460 SE is about as powerful as a 7770 so most mainstream gaming cards would give you a good boost in performance

    You look look towards the 7850/650 Ti Boost or 7870/270/GTX 660 levels of cards depending on prices

    Depending on where you live these are the best deals I could find for US based customers

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7850twinfrozr2gd5oc

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-hd7850dc22gd5v2

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc

    And amazingly you can find some GTX 670s for $200, assuming that your PSU is up to the task

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx670dc22gd5

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx670dc2og2gd5

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx670dcmoc2gd5
  2. Thanks Roland.

    I was looking more towards the MSI 270X or 660 TI.

    I'm from Australia so this would be closer to my budget.
  3. With that 1st gen Core processor at 2.67MHZ, I think you will start experiencing bottle neck with anything much beyond a HD 7850/GTX 650ti Boost. You'll still get some benefit from the faster cards, just not as much as the card could produce with a faster processor.
  4. The problem being that the 660 Ti has been effectively replaced by the 760 haha

    The 270 offers similar performance to the 7870 which is slightly quicker than a regular 660, whilst performing extremely close to the 270x (extremely overclockeable as well)

    http://www.cplonline.com.au/gigabyte-radeon-r9-270-oc-gv-r927oc-2gd.html

    Alternatively these 7850's are below $200

    http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnl4

    http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr785oc2gd
  5. Thanks all.

    @clutchc - would overclocking the CPU help the bottleneck issues?

    Given these bottleneck issues, would there be any point in purchasing a 270 or 7870? Or should I stick to the GTX650ti Boost / HD7850?

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1442&products_id=23023&zenid=8d3e90df68cba86cde60d9e0a82c3bb0

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1373&products_id=19849&zenid=8d3e90df68cba86cde60d9e0a82c3bb0
  6. Overclocking would lessen the severity of the bottleneck in CPU intensive games (which should depend on your motherboard and CPU in terms of how far you could go), though in older games which utilize two cores you'll be fine

    By comparison, the i5 750 is still a fair bit more powerful than the entry level quad core Athlon II X4 750k which Tomshardware recommends for budget gamers

    In synthetic benchmarks it also compares quite favourably against the FX 6300 (though not a measure of real world performance)

    http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/311/AMD_FX-Series_FX-6300_vs_Intel_Core_i5_i5-750.html

    Might as well get the best card in your budget I suppose, you'll still see a few frame improvements with the 270 over the 7850, just not as much as you would see otherwise with a more powerful CPU
  7. rolandzhang3 said:
    Overclocking would lessen the severity of the bottleneck in CPU intensive games (which should depend on your motherboard and CPU in terms of how far you could go), though in older games which utilize two cores you'll be fine

    By comparison, the i5 750 is still a fair bit more powerful than the entry level quad core Athlon II X4 750k which Tomshardware recommends for budget gamers

    In synthetic benchmarks it also compares quite favourably against the FX 6300 (though not a measure of real world performance)

    http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/311/AMD_FX-Series_FX-6300_vs_Intel_Core_i5_i5-750.html

    Might as well get the best card in your budget I suppose, you'll still see a few frame improvements with the 270 over the 7850, just not as much as you would see otherwise with a more powerful CPU


    what roland has said go with what your budget allows for the 260 and 7850 are both decent cards still and will give you better fps but getting a new cpu/motherboard will really help eliminate any bottlenecks and will make those cards shine also i see your using 4gb of ram if your budget allows for it try and get another stick to make 8 gigs it will help with alot of the newer games that utilise the ram
  8. Thanks Inertia, trying to avoid the upgrading of cpu/motherboard because I know I will lose control and max out my credit card.

    Trying to find a cheaper solution to improve my framerate.

    So I think i've decided on the following card and RAM (on advice of Inertia)

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1373&products_id=19849&zenid=2f1129b891aa57fd8daf2a59e64b6fe7

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=13601&zenid=2f1129b891aa57fd8daf2a59e64b6fe7
  9. That looks good, as long as your ram kits are identical it should all work fine
  10. i am in australia too if you look at a company here called MSY they have a 2G 7850 MSI for $149 though it isnt an OC editon but you will save money and can overlock that 7850 yourself if you know how :) and the ram looks good too for that price
  11. It's the exact same model as I currently use so should be ok. Thanks for all the help guys. I'll come back once I have got it up and going.
  12. Sadly there's only 6 more hours for that deal

    They usually have a $189 ASUS 7850 as well

    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8718
  13. I saw that Inertia, thanks. That's maybe why I went with the already overclocked version, because I wouldn't OC it myself.
  14. Roland, obviously the OC version would have more performance out of it? Would you reccomend the earlier card I or the $149 version at MSY that isn't OC?
  15. the oc edition cards are just a basic light overclock there isn't much gain over the standard cards in terms of big noticable performance but in saying that they are slightly better but at more cost
  16. If you can get the $149 2GB card right now, go for it ASAP lol

    Asus factory overclocks are very small and at most you'll see 1-2 FPS difference, read a guide and overclock it yourself using MSI afterburner
  17. Thanks all! Unfortunately, I wouldn't make it in time before the shop closes but that $149 is an everyday price of theirs, so hopefully they have them in stock come Monday morning.
  18. no problem glad to be of some help to you :) msy should be open on saturdays too
  19. You can reserve stock and pay upfront right? That's how it goes with the local IJK store near where I live
  20. Unfortunately, I'm flying interstate tonight but yes I'll call up to reserve it. Once again thanks guys, I'll let you know how it goes.

    Could go to the Hurstville MSY...
  21. sounds good :)
  22. Just hope that MSY's services aren't as bad as some say :P
  23. i have always used msy as i have found they are the cheapest in comparison and when i did a return of a faulty card they replaced it straight away after checking the problem with it
  24. I guess it depends on the branch xD, hope it all goes well
  25. Thanks guys, had to go out a fair way to get it. It turns out that this was the OC'd version of it so even happier now that I got it for that cheap. Also picked up some more ram to fit in and that's all gone smoothly so far. Just installing Skyrim now to give it a test.

    The only problem i've encountered is that it won't detect my audio for my LG TV, so I can't get any sound out of the TV from my PC. I didnt have this problem with my last Nvidia card. Any ideas?
  26. That's odd, if you're using HDMI it should pass audio through it easily

    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=368423
  27. Im using DVi to HDMI
  28. Did you use HDMI directly with your last card? DVI to HDMI generally does not pass audio
  29. No, was still using DVi to HDMI on the last card. I'll go see if i can find a spare HDMI 2 HDMI cable somewhere. Thanks Roland
  30. That would be best :D
  31. Congratulations on your purchase and an OC edition too!! NICE and interesting that you had sound with last dvi-hdmi as roland said dvi doesnt pass audio. Does your tv have a green audio jack on it? also you probably have to switch the audio input on the monitor back to the analog input. With a hdmi cable plugged in, it expects the sound from this input.
  32. Saw that off another post as well

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1668092/dvi-hdmi-sound.html#.

    If you have a spare set of speakers laying around you could put them to use if you cannot find a HDMI to HDMI cable
  33. rolandzhang3 said:
    Saw that off another post as well

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1668092/dvi-hdmi-sound.html#.

    If you have a spare set of speakers laying around you could put them to use if you cannot find a HDMI to HDMI cable


    yeh or you could buy a headset quite cheap these days too :)
    either options works and haha yeh thought someone else would have an issue similar so i looked up on it
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