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  • Intel i5
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  • Dell Studio Xps
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March 31, 2014 12:09:44 PM

Alright, in 2011 I bought a Dell XPS 8300 (only way to get a pc at the time, long story, settled on a
Dell just to have a pc), here is what's in it:

Intel i5 2400 (3.1 ghz quad core)
Windows 7 64 bit
12 gigs ddr3 1333
Radeon 6670
460 watt dell psu
Single 24" dell monitor, 1080p res

Part of my problem in understanding what to get is AMD has changed Radeon naming schemes twice since my 6670 was released so I've got no idea what it currently is called to compare it to anything available.
I play mostly Oblivion, Skyrim and Payday 2 and some other Steam games. I'm not looking to upgrade the psu, just the gpu so I wanted to keep the card under $200 with no extra power connector. AMD or Nvidia doesn't matter. My room can get pretty warm in the summer so the cooler it runs the better.
I was thinking the Geforce GTX 750 ti might be an option for a decent cheap boost but back to the double change on the naming scheme so I can't compare products.
Any thoughts?

All I want is another 8-12 months out of this pc, then I'm going to build a new pc for myself.
And thanks for any feedback in advance.

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March 31, 2014 12:17:55 PM

750 Ti for sure. The stock one is fine, the card doesn't generate much heat so the big aftermarket fan shrouds are close to pointless. Heck this card can be passively cooled.

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March 31, 2014 12:20:56 PM

Go for ZOTAC GTX 750ti blindly :)  with your PSU it is best suited...:)  and can run every game at high settings till 1 year....can run all games at ultra upto now....;) u do hav the best thing in ur mind...;) good luck :) 
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April 1, 2014 7:20:40 AM

Yes the benchmarks are better...but see gaming videos b\w them....750 performs better fps in gaming.....
April 1, 2014 8:05:09 AM

Thanks again for the feedback, will be ordering by the end of the week.
April 1, 2014 10:01:10 AM

manuj371 said:
Yes the benchmarks are better...but see gaming videos b\w them....750 performs better fps in gaming.....

It dosn't surprise me.
Passmark is only a rough starting point.
Who knows what kind of computer they were run on.

When you look at real and specific benchmarks, it is often wrong.
April 16, 2014 7:51:29 PM

Well, went with the Zotac 750 TI.
Big difference in Skyrim, no more tearing or stuttering @1080p, plug got to bump up my settings a little.
Its a sharp image and just runs "smooth" kind of like running Unreal Tournament in OpenGL instead of DirectX back in the day.

I'm so used to GPU companies cheaping on the thermal paste I pulled my fan shroud before I installed, plenty there. More than any that ever came with any of my old cards. Still cleaned it with alcohol, dried with compressed air and put on some Arctic Silver Ceramique (I prefer the non-conductive stuff, just in case). Nice card, thanks for suggesting Zotac, just might have to stick with them on my next build.