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Expert advice needed to upgrade my graphics card on a 4 year old Alienware desktop. Thanks

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January 14, 2014 11:28:08 PM

Help! I need to upgrade my graphics card and I'm completely confused as to what will be compatable and work. I need some expert advice. I currently have two GTX 295's in an SLI configuration put in by Alienware when new. Each is 1792MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 The motherboard is an ASUS X58 P6T Deluxe Version 2. The CPU is an Intel 3.06GHZ i7-950 8MB X58 processor. I have a 1 Kilowatt OEM ATX PSU Power supply. The GTX 295 does not support DirectX 11. What would you say would be the best card I could get that would work with my current system? I'm clueless. I call Alienware, and they always say something different, depending who takes the call, so I'm not sure. I need some expert advice before I buy anything. Thank you.

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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 11:39:58 PM

You need to list your budget before we can tell you to buy anything please
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 11:40:18 PM

but your cpu should not bottleneck any current single card on the market at least
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January 14, 2014 11:56:26 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
You need to list your budget before we can tell you to buy anything please


My budget would be up to $400.00 per card if I needed two cards, and if it would be best to stay with the SLI set up I now have. What do you think? Thank you. OH, and I have a 1 Kilowatt power supply.
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 15, 2014 12:16:15 AM

Lol ok, so psu upgrade is a non issue for you. Personally i would say go with a single 780ti, and you will see a massive improvement, as well as less power draw. Not only will you get better fps, but you will get better frametimes (less jitter to the picture)


otherwise 2 gtx 770's will also be good for you, but will use much more power and provide varying performance from game to game based on how optimized the game is for sli
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January 15, 2014 9:40:46 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
Lol ok, so psu upgrade is a non issue for you. Personally i would say go with a single 780ti, and you will see a massive improvement, as well as less power draw. Not only will you get better fps, but you will get better frametimes (less jitter to the picture)


otherwise 2 gtx 770's will also be good for you, but will use much more power and provide varying performance from game to game based on how optimized the game is for sli


Thanks Brantyn for getting back so quickly, really appreciate it. So I will probably go with the single GTX 780. A question I have is, what is the difference between the 780 and the 780Ti ? And, it's ok to use a card with a PCI Express 3.0 ? my current card is 2.0 Will it connect to the motherboard and work ok? Thanks again!
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 16, 2014 12:18:29 AM

the pci 3.0-2.0 does not matter in the slightest :)  as even the 780ti does not max out the bandwidth of pci 2.0

as far as 780vs 780ti, there is about a 20% performance jump with the 780ti, but also a $200 price jump
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January 16, 2014 12:34:15 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
the pci 3.0-2.0 does not matter in the slightest :)  as even the 780ti does not max out the bandwidth of pci 2.0

as far as 780vs 780ti, there is about a 20% performance jump with the 780ti, but also a $200 price jump


Excellent. Thanks again Brantyn for your help. Thank you. :) 
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