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January 14, 2014 10:19:20 AM

Hi all. First time here. I'm looking at upgrading my GPU as I have had it for a long time and I need a new one.

I not long ago upgraded most of my PC, this is the next bit to upgrade.

After selling my old PC bits I got about £400 - £500 limit.

My specs are:

i7-4820k @ 4.50 GHz
Gigabyte X79-UD3
32GB ram @ 2133 MHz
AMD Radeon HD 6770
XFX Pro 750 Watt

Please help. Thanks

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a b C Monitor
January 14, 2014 10:27:35 AM
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GTX 760 or R9 270 will give you a boost . Or GTX 780/770 .Depends on the budget.

in fact , HD 6770 is on par with GTX 550 ti .GTX 760 is more than 3x faster than GTX 550 ti .
a b C Monitor
January 14, 2014 10:28:30 AM

CAD?
games? (with X79 and 32G ram, I assume not a gamer)
professional video?
how many screens?
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January 14, 2014 10:39:19 AM

giantbucket said:
CAD?
games? (with X79 and 32G ram, I assume not a gamer)
professional video?
how many screens?


Hi. Sorry about not adding that. I do video editing and have started a bit of 3d work (models, simulations stuff like that). I'm also in to gaming as well. I'm planning on going to three screens soon approx 24" as I'm using two at the moment and want more room lol.
a b C Monitor
January 14, 2014 10:47:00 AM

hmm... if you're going to do 3 screens from a single graphics card, then AMD Radeon stuff will typically force you to using DisplayPort for the third screen, which would mean either finding an identical monitor to the two you already have but with a DP input, or accepting the fact that your 3rd screen (with DP in) will be different from the other two. for your pro video work, this may be a deal-breaker.

NVidia cards might be more friendly when it comes to the third screen, but I can't be sure. I have (old tech) GT640 cards which can run 4 screens each, no DisplayPort requirement, but they're older tech so not a huge improvement compared to your 6770.

I'm guessing the most sensible might be to use the 6770 in a secondary slot to drive your current two screens, and get one new card and one new screen as primary, and be sure to disable any crossfire that might automatically happen.

I currently run 8 screens (!!) but it's for productivity / trading, so it's not that GPU intensive. your choices in gear might be limited or driven by the applications you work with. I seem to recall that when it comes to CAD stuff, either AMD or NVidia kicks butt while the other completely falls apart. can't recall which it was.....
January 15, 2014 1:56:46 AM

giantbucket said:
hmm... if you're going to do 3 screens from a single graphics card, then AMD Radeon stuff will typically force you to using DisplayPort for the third screen, which would mean either finding an identical monitor to the two you already have but with a DP input, or accepting the fact that your 3rd screen (with DP in) will be different from the other two. for your pro video work, this may be a deal-breaker.

NVidia cards might be more friendly when it comes to the third screen, but I can't be sure. I have (old tech) GT640 cards which can run 4 screens each, no DisplayPort requirement, but they're older tech so not a huge improvement compared to your 6770.

I'm guessing the most sensible might be to use the 6770 in a secondary slot to drive your current two screens, and get one new card and one new screen as primary, and be sure to disable any crossfire that might automatically happen.

I currently run 8 screens (!!) but it's for productivity / trading, so it's not that GPU intensive. your choices in gear might be limited or driven by the applications you work with. I seem to recall that when it comes to CAD stuff, either AMD or NVidia kicks butt while the other completely falls apart. can't recall which it was.....


8 screens? nice. I'm going to change my monitors as these are temp ones. My monitors broke in a move and I have one 32" and one 19" TV's at the moment. Looking to get Two 24" and then get a 3rd one later. Was looking at a BenQ XL2420T but hear there are not to good for working on. I will need to do more research on this tho.
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