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Replacing GeForce GT 240, $225 Budget (Witcher 2)

Ok so as I said I am replacing a GeForce GT 240 that is mediocre and I would like to pay around 225 for a new GPU that can handle The Witcher 2.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: hopefully next week but I can wait a week or two if necessary.

BUDGET RANGE: $175 - $225 USD

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming above all else. As I said before, I will be playing The Witcher 2, WoW, and SCII. I would like to max out all 3 if possible. I'm also going to school next year and engineering programs might be necessary down the line but this is probably not very relevant. Movies occasionally.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GeForce GT 240 1GB with a RaidMax 730W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:

AMD Phenom x4 II 965 @ 3.6ghz
ASUS M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3
(2x4gb) 8gb DD3 Mushkin

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: America land of the free

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference and will probably need assistance choosing a Manufacturer

OVERCLOCKING: Sure i'd be open to overclocking

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Once again I would be open to it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Willing to take advice on any other tweaks I can make on my rig. Just focused on a better video card for WoW and Witcher 2
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  1. Given your list of games, I'd recommend a GTX 560 ti. WoW and SC2 favor Nvidia.

    Just be aware, you cannot max out The Witcher 2. Even 6970's in crossfire don't come close to maxing The Witcher 2.
  2. How often do you play SCII? Is it that important to max out? SCII runs much better on Nvidia cards.

    I would get a new PSU, espcially according to this thread.

    http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/909463-raidmax-hybrid-730w.html

    Its no big deal, you can get a good PSU and GPU for 225 bucks.

    Do rebates factor in to your 225 dollar budget? Or Do you want it to be 225 BEFORE reabtes. (I don't feel like looking for both scenarios, so tell me which you prefer.)
  3. Thats good to know bystander, thank you.
    SCII would be the game that I play the least out of the 3.
    I'm ok with it being 225 AFTER rebates because then if it is like a $30 rebate I could use that 30 to buy a PSU as well.
    I had a feeling the raidmax was crap, but it fit my budget at the time lol.
  4. Only one possible kink in the sugestion I gave. You have a crossfire motherboard and can't SLI a 560ti later down the road where as a 6950 1gb could be.
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    And you play WoW also, so I still think Nvidia would be the best route. After buying that you would still have a 165 dollar budget, you won't be maxing Witcher 2 with that budget at all, hell you wont be with a 225 dollar buget either.

    Your motherboard doesn't support SLI that I know of, but it is simple to hack SLI drivers on motherboards now so that isn't a big deal (maybe in the future you can SLI the card I am suggesting to get more perofrmance).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130570

    if you can splurge...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121446

    It should be noted the GTX 560 Ti recommened by bystander will be the best of the options by far, its up to you if you want to put it on that PSU. You should be fine, worse comes to worse you are force to upgrade your PSU. Personally I wouldn't do it, but thats just me.
  6. ok so if I go with Nvidia then I can rule out crossfire/SLI. Ill take that into consideration.

    Ranking by most played (1) to least played (3) :

    1 WoW
    2 Witcher 2 (depends how much I like it)
    3 SCII
  7. You don't need to rule out SLI if you used hacked drivers. There are websites that update them regularly and its as simple as installing a normal driver. I wouldn't worry about that too much.
  8. Oh ok good deal then I would have never known about that!

    So I will take a look at those tomorrow and check out PSU's.

    If you had to make a good guess, how long do you think the 560ti will be able to last me, gaming performance wise?
  9. A very long time if you end up SLIing them in the future, when a second one can be acquired extremely cheap.
  10. awesome awesome, ok I will take a look tomorrow and let you guys know if I have anymore questions.

    Thanks bystander and helltech for the help so far!
  11. Yeah no problem. For reference. In case it isn't something you are interested in.

    http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/670810-howto-sli-non-sli-motherboard-gtx5xx.html
  12. Go for a GTX 560Ti.I've also heard that the beta drivers from NVIDIA fixes some problems in The Witcher 2.
  13. the 560 is a bit slower than the 560ti, but still a decent card and is also cheaper. whatever best fits your budget. an ATI 6870 would be another option with similar performance/price to the 560.
  14. This is easy....

    560 Ti (900 MHz version)

    $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651
    $235 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    Consider saving the 240 as a dedicated PhysX card when playing PhysX games .... otherwise Id leave out and keep the slot at x16
  15. 6950
  16. JackNaylorPE said:
    This is easy....

    560 Ti (900 MHz version)

    $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651
    $235 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    Consider saving the 240 as a dedicated PhysX card when playing PhysX games .... otherwise Id leave out and keep the slot at x16


    How would I go about using my GT 240 as only a dedicated PhysX card?
  17. i wouldnt bother if it will drop your pcie slot to 4x or something. It would provide a boost if you play one of the few games that supports hardware accellerated physx.
  18. Ok so right now I am currently comparing the:

    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

    Now my question is based on what would set the two apart from eachother.


    The Superclocked version is $20 more expensive but comes with the following:

    3D Mark 11
    900 MHz
    1800 MHz
    CUDA C/C++
    DirectCompute 5.0
    OpenCL support

    Do these features make it worth $20 more?

    Also, could someone explain to me what the "FPB" means in the first video card?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
  19. 3D mark 11 is a free download for the basic version.
    CUDA C/C++ is part available for both, as is Directcompute 5.0 and OpenCL support.

    The two things that are unique with the superclocked version, is the clock speeds and the cooler.
  20. I would imagine that I could clock the other card manually to be just as quick as the "superclocked" version, correct?
  21. lvadla said:
    I would imagine that I could clock the other card manually to be just as quick as the "superclocked" version, correct?


    Correct, although you aren't guaranteed you'll get a card that can clock that high (although I believe most can beat that). The cooler could potentially not be as good, resulting in hotter temps or more noise, but the odds are in your favor to be able to get those clocks.
  22. ok thanks for the help, I am going to go with the "superclocked" version and just pay the extra $20. That way I will get the second fan!
  23. You are going to be dissapointed with that decision. I can't max out Witcher 2 with my card. You are going to get your new card and try and turn things up, ponder your current purchase, eventually settle with it because it runs the other two games fine and think "Oh, I'll just get a second card later...Dammit! Guess not."
  24. The witcher has a couple settings that take extaordinary processing power, if you turn those couple settings off (i.e. ubersampling and DOF), it runs a ton better.
  25. bystander said:
    The witcher has a couple settings that take extaordinary processing power, if you turn those couple settings off (i.e. ubersampling and DOF), it runs a ton better.

    +1 ; even CDprojectred announced that ubersampling is for high end systems only
  26. FlintIronStagg said:
    +1 ; even CDprojectred announced that ubersampling is for high end systems only


    After AMD's 11.5b patch, I can run at all Ultra settings but UberSampling still kills performance. I'm curious just how high end of a comp would be needed for UberSampling. Perhaps it's more of a future tech. It does smooth things out nicely, like SuperSampling does.

    This is with an i7 920 @ 4.0GhZ and 6950's unlocked in crossfire at 1920x1200.
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