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Upgrading from GTS 250

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December 29, 2010 10:57:21 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Right Before or right after Crysis 2

Budget: $550 if there is a cheaper one that will do the job then tell me

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Sim city to Crysis 2 Max settings and beyond (for a bit)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Palit GTS 250 and Xion 700 (Thinking of getting a 1000w of a better brand

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Athlon II X4 620, CPU liquid cooled, 6GB DDR2 RAM, ASUS M4A785-M Mother board, Windows 7 Pro, 1.5 TB

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any great website

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia really would like if from EVGA, but if there is an ATI card better than the Nvidia then I may settle for the ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must run Crysis2 with full settings, and have a HDMI port for my TV

More about : upgrading gts 250

a b U Graphics card
December 29, 2010 11:35:51 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a bad-ass card by XFX, latest card AMD have released and should do Crysis 2 easily at 1920x1080. I have a hunch your CPU might bottleneck a little though. I think a new PSU would be a good investment for you too. Alot better than a 460 in my eyes.
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a c 1415 U Graphics card
December 29, 2010 11:37:32 PM

GTX460 1 GB would be a good match with your CPU, a massive overclock would be needed with a GTX570.
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a c 176 U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 12:15:46 AM

I'm more concerned about the Xion. I have yet to see a good review of them. If you have water cooling, OC the snot out of your 620, buy a good 500-750W machine, and then a 69xx, or GTX5xx.
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December 30, 2010 11:14:45 AM

rolli59 said:
GTX460 1 GB would be a good match with your CPU, a massive overclock would be needed with a GTX570.


So to have a really good GPU I need a really good CPU?
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a c 176 U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 3:19:19 PM

Think of it this way. If your computer was a car, and your CPU is the engine and the GPU is the transmission, what good does it do you to have an awesomely geared 6 speed transmission that can handle 600HP running through it if you have it paired to a naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine that puts out 165HP? Do you think that transmission will be able to show what it can do?
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December 30, 2010 3:28:16 PM

4745454b said:
Think of it this way. If your computer was a car, and your CPU is the engine and the GPU is the transmission, what good does it do you to have an awesomely geared 6 speed transmission that can handle 600HP running through it if you have it paired to a naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine that puts out 165HP? Do you think that transmission will be able to show what it can do?


great analogy
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December 30, 2010 7:39:49 PM

4745454b said:
Think of it this way. If your computer was a car, and your CPU is the engine and the GPU is the transmission, what good does it do you to have an awesomely geared 6 speed transmission that can handle 600HP running through it if you have it paired to a naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine that puts out 165HP? Do you think that transmission will be able to show what it can do?


Then what would a good AMD CPU to get to match a really good GPU
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a c 1415 U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 7:44:26 PM

Phenom II X4 9xx BE
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a c 176 U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 10:53:28 PM

And that is some of the best that AMD offers. You might even need to go Intel if the demands are going to be high enough. (large Eyefinity setups)
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 2:24:12 AM

crysis 2 is far far way. don't break the bank just yet.
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 2:30:53 AM

An OC'ed Phenom II x4 955 BE will do the trick for now. Save the dough.
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a c 176 U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 2:34:06 AM

If this is a gaming machine, ignore the x6s. Games don't use that many cores so no point in buying.

If you are overclocking then an x4 940, 955, etc will be fine. If you don't OC then the x4 970 will be for you. Its a matter of use and your personal preference.
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a c 174 U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 5:07:43 AM

games dont use 6 cores now.......but it is likely more and more games will take advantage of more cores in the future.
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December 31, 2010 5:35:56 AM

i would suggest a gtx 470,cheaper and more performance in directx11 than gtx 460,and would be three times of gts 250,its better than gtx 465,performance is close to gtx 570/480.
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a c 176 U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 8:31:53 AM

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games dont use 6 cores now.......but it is likely more and more games will take advantage of more cores in the future.


And how long now have we heard this? We have had multi core CPUs for years now, and are only just now coming to the point where a quad is needed. (GTA4, Metro 2033, etc.) By the time a hex is needed you're not going to want a slow CPU like a 1055/1090.

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i would suggest a gtx 470,cheaper...


The GTX470 is cheaper then the GTX460 where you live? As it has recently come to our attention I think most would argue you're better off getting one of the highly overclocked GTX460s as its performance is nearly the same as the stock GTX470. But you get better power and thermal numbers.
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