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February 2, 2014 12:51:36 AM

Let me start off by saying I am fairly new to PC's and recently left the consoles. I've been a PC fan for about a year now and need to upgrade my HP Envy-1520t. I would rather not have to build a new PC from scratch (yet) but rather just add to this one. I've opened it up and installed a second hard drive and decided to do some more work.

I need a GPU that will allow me to play and record at 60+ frames using DXTORY. I'll list some of the games below. Any suggestions?

DayZ Mod (Arma 2)
DayZ Breaking Point (Arma 3)
Battlefield 4
Crysis 3
Basically high end games.


Specs:

CPU: i7 - 3770 @ 3.4ghz
GPU: AMD Radeon 8750 HD (Replacing)
2 1TB Hardrive (WD and Seagate)
600w PSU (Not sure which brand)
RAM: 8GB DDR3 PC3-12800
OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Standard HP Case


HP Envy 1520t Specs



I did do a little research on my own before asking questions. I've got a bit of a list going on and would like some input on them, but I'm willing to listen to any suggestion/ recommendations.

GTX 650

GTX 660ti

GTX 760


I was also wondering what "SLI" is, from what I've read it seems it has to do with dual graphic cards. What are the benefits of having two and is it really worth it?



Sorry it's so lengthy, just wanted the best possible answer. If anymore info is needed just post below.


EDIT:
I should add that I am only running 1 monitor at the moment and will be for quite some time, however in the future I may get another. I am also on the fence about overclocking, more leaning towards not doing it at all. I simply don't know enough and would hate to ruin a very expensive component due to stupidity.


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February 2, 2014 2:21:18 AM

If budget is limited then get GTX760, also check prices of GTX770, maybe You could get it. Don't know how much impact DXTORY have on performance but NVidia have shadowplay feature witch works rather good in recording for me at least.

SLI, yes it can be used to pair 2-3-4 cards, but You need motherboard that supports it and rather good PSU, with YOur budged i don't think this is the option.

Resolution is also a question, if 1080p most games should be playable 60 FPS with GTX 760, but to keep const 60+ 770 is better option.
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a b U Graphics card
February 2, 2014 2:37:29 AM

As i wrote, You won't be able to SLI with Your mobo (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03...) so it is not an option without further upgrade + then You can become PSU limited..

If possible get better single card for the moment, who knows what situation will be when You will decide to do next upgrade.

And i believe You don't want to play in dual monitor mode, just use it like 1 for game and other for stuff?
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February 2, 2014 8:50:19 AM

@NoOneLt

Thanks for the answer. Yes I plan on playing in 1080 on High or above settings. I am willing to stretch a little past $300 but would rather not.

Something like this?

I don't want to play in dual monitor mode, but it would be nice to have a game running on one monitor and maps or a quick google tab open on the other. This is second though and not as important. The next PC I own will be a built one and I'll have all the bells and whistles then.
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a b U Graphics card
February 2, 2014 9:22:35 AM

Hey, link is broken somehow, cannot open. Get 760, You'll be perfectly fine with it.
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February 2, 2014 12:32:47 PM

Alright thanks for the help, the link was a

PNY GeForce GTX 770 Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express

for $329. Was wondering if it was worth the extra cash.
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a b U Graphics card
February 2, 2014 8:42:25 PM

770 superclocked would be even better for the 20 more bucks it costs and overclocking is super easy when you are ready for a boost but a 770 sc will come with a guaranteed oc which you will love, also a gtx 670 is right in between 760 and 770 performance at $250 new if you can find one (proud 1+ year 670 user oc'd)



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February 2, 2014 11:48:59 PM

From what's been said already and what I think the best thing to do is; a 760 will serve you well, get a 770 if you can.
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