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December 14, 2010 1:19:41 PM

Hello, i am looking for a better video card for better graphics on games. I have listed my computer spec an any advice would be apriective.

RANGE: ~$500

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Main importance is gaming of all kinds. I constantly am changing from game to game, based on what is appealing at the time. Anywhere from WoW, League of Legends, Starcraft II, Minecraft, Call of Duty: Black Ops, etc. So a wide variety of games that all use GPUs and CPUs in a different way. Following gaming is high def video in 720/1080p (when available).

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 5500 series, Antec 1000w

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU - Intel core 2 quad Q6700 2.66 GHz stock speed, , Have an aftermarket heatsink/fan (Coolermaster 212), Mobo - Evga Neforce 780 Sli , RAM -Corsair DHX XMS2 Dominator 1g sticks x3 DDR2 800Mhz.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Personally I have no preference, whatever will compliment my current components the best. However, I would obviously take a $500 card over a $1000 which only slightly outperforms the cheaper.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Main concern is bottlenecking. Not sure if the 580 would even be worth it for my system, or if something would perform the same on my rig, but at a lesser cost.


Any advice will be much appreciated. I am usually better informed on the current market than i currently am, but having started school these past couple months, I have fallen out of the system (knowledge of market wise, and another reason for why my list of considered GPUs is nonexistent).

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December 14, 2010 1:28:09 PM

OC your quad core to hopefully ~3.6ghz and go with a single GTX580. A GTX580 SLI Would easily bottleneck your system.

Before you buy remember that ATI's newest cards our out within a day. You might as well wait before a final decision.
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December 14, 2010 1:31:39 PM

Go with a GTX 580 if you want to spend the entire money, or the 570 if yo want something cheaper.Either way, you'll have to overclock that CPU.
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December 14, 2010 1:38:35 PM

Not sure how to go about overclocking a cpu, but if it is not to hard would be willing to give it a try
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