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Upgrading from a GTS 250

Hello I have a fairly new computer and was looking to upgrade my graphics card.
i7 975 3.33 Ghz Quad core (came clocked at 3.6)
6GB 1600 mhz kingston hyperx
Asus P6T SE intel x58 chipset (I know its crossfire compatible and I'm pretty sure it can run SLI also)
Single EVGA Geforce gts 250 1gb
800 Watt PSU

Basically I would like to increase my performance and don't want to spend too much.

So should I just get a second gts 250 and run SLI? Or maybe get a more powerful DX11 card?
Or maybe I should just wait until prices drop a bit or new stuff comes out?
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  1. Best answer
    HD5850 would give you newer tech and good boost. Another GTS250 will give you performance for less.
  2. Which would give more performance? My computer is actually only about a month old, I should of done more research, however I didn't and now i'm stuck with a graphics card that I spent 130$ on and in need of an upgrade.
  3. They would be close in performance with the edge going maybe slightly to the HD5850. HD5830 for $200 after MIR + free game might be an other option http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161327 If you can use Newegg
  4. hmm that seems pretty good.
    For performance gts 250 SLI would be better then the 5830, however the DX11 may be a big deal later, and maybe i can sell my current 250 for somewhere around 70$
    I'll have to think about it, thanks.
  5. Oh and by the way I'm playing at 1680x1050
  6. HD5770 or the previously mentioned HD5830 would be good for that resolution. Here is a performance summary multiple cards http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_465/29.html
  7. Hmm so i think I'm going to just do SLI, I'll wait another 2 years to get a DX11 card, thanks for all the help.
    Although i do wish i got a 5770 when i bought my computer, it was the default card for 40 more and i changed it to gts 250 :fou:
  8. Good luck with it! It is a good decision.
  9. for that resolution go SLI its cheaper and it will be sweet
  10. Take every card but no 5830 is worst buy ever.

    Don't go with another 250, keep it that and take 5870. Put both card and you have phisX on ATI card :)
  11. spentshells said:
    for that resolution go SLI its cheaper and it will be sweet

    Sweet lol men he don't look for sweety, he want performance. Be serious...
  12. Misko195 said:
    Sweet lol men he don't look for sweety, he want performance. Be serious...



    For 80 bucks there is no other way to replicate the performance he would gain from an additional card.

    TADA !!!!!!!! that equals exactly what I said the first time. He has no better option
  13. So i found out my motherboard isn't SLI compatible, what should i do now? maybe sell my gts 250?

    ugh, I want to throw my computer out the window right now T_T
  14. what exact game can you not play with an i7+gts 250 @ 1680x1050?

    edit: btw, the resolution that you're playing at still gets a little perf boost from cpu clock., considering you have a extreme i7 on it, why not run it @ 4.5ghz?
  15. Hmm I might do that, however it is a 1000$ processor, and since overclocking voids the warranty I do want to be careful.

    What are the chances that OC'ing to 4.5 Ghz could mess up my processor?
    (I'm also a total noob to OC'ing so i wouldn't know what i was doing)

    Finally will a 800 watt psu be enough to go up to 4.5?

    Thanks for the suggestion!
  16. Oh and also
    asetek 570lx liquid cooling system w/ 240MM radiator and Dual fans
  17. You will not get the same performance boost in gaming with overclock on the CPU as with going to a better GPU.
  18. at that resolution the best buy is a 5830, or a 5850, if you can handle the noise and want to stick with nvidia, you could get a gtx 470
  19. and an overclock up to 3.7-4.0ghz would be good enough for gaming, and a good quality 800w psu with a good amount of amps on the 12v rail with handle any two card config, your cpu doesnt need anywhere near as much consideration, in terms of power draw
  20. spentshells said:
    For 80 bucks there is no other way to replicate the performance he would gain from an additional card.

    TADA !!!!!!!! that equals exactly what I said the first time. He has no better option

    Selling GTS 250 is better option, right?
  21. You have high end PC, look for good GPU like a HD 5850 or better HD 5870, of corse if you can.

    And you don't need to overclock you'r CPU...
  22. So I think i've decided i'm going to go with the 5850, ill just save up for another month. On top of that my motherboard is crossfire compatible (Just not SLI) so if its not good enough in the future i can always get a second one.
  23. 454xalucard said:
    So I think i've decided i'm going to go with the 5850, ill just save up for another month. On top of that my motherboard is crossfire compatible (Just not SLI) so if its not good enough in the future i can always get a second one.

    For now HD5850 is very good card, for future if you need additional card, just put one more card in crossfire and you'r performance will be doubled :D

    But HD 5850 for now is very good choice...
  24. Should i also keep my gts 250 for now for physx? Can i do that and have the 5850 running at the same time?
  25. Physx is overrated but if you play those few games that support it and like the effects, why not.
  26. 454xalucard said:
    Should i also keep my gts 250 for now for physx? Can i do that and have the 5850 running at the same time?

    yes, you can...
  27. sell your 250 and buy a 5850 that is what you should do
  28. Best answer selected by 454xalucard.
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