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June 4, 2011 7:27:13 AM

Hello guys and girls

planning to upgade from: C2D E8500, evga 8800GT, 2x2GBDDR2 800Mhz(Corsair DHX), VX550E Corsair, Asus P5E MB, 2 x 250GB SeagateSATA2.
I have around 250$ to spend on new card plan is ''HD 6950 1Gb'' or GTX560ti.

Im i gonna botlleneck with these 2 cards? Are they superior to my configuration?

Shoud i get something like 6850 or gtx460?

Please advice any advice is helpfull.

greeting from Bosnia & Herzegovina

djile

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a b U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 4:17:37 PM

You may run into a bottleneck with the ati 6950 as many games now benefit from quad core cpu's. I suggest that you find out if your motherboard can take a q6600 or better. IF so then look into getting the 6850 and a quad core. Otherwise go ahead and get the 6950 so you'll have the best gpu you can when you finally do upgrade the rest of the system.
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 4:28:14 PM

What resoultion is your monitor?

What games do you play?

You have a 550watt corsair PSU?

I your E8500 O.C.'d at all?What is it's current speed?

Depending on your resoultion and games I'd reccomend going with either the 6850 or GTX460.Seems like they are best suited for your current setup without causing to much of a bottleneck.Anything more than a GTX460 or 6850 will likely get bottlenecked.

Although you must know that a future processor/mobo upgrade is empending.
Intel Quad cores are still very expensive and for that money I think it would be better invested into a new Sandy Bridge build.
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June 4, 2011 6:29:12 PM

purple stank said:
What resoultion is your monitor?

What games do you play?

You have a 550watt corsair PSU?

I your E8500 O.C.'d at all?What is it's current speed?

Depending on your resoultion and games I'd reccomend going with either the 6850 or GTX460.Seems like they are best suited for your current setup without causing to much of a bottleneck.Anything more than a GTX460 or 6850 will likely get bottlenecked.

Although you must know that a future processor/mobo upgrade is empending.
Intel Quad cores are still very expensive and for that money I think it would be better invested into a new Sandy Bridge build.


Thanks for info
here's more data from current setup; 1280x1024 is my native and resolution that i play all the time, E8500 on stock speed, PSU VX550(+12V 41A) Corsair. Concerning games batleffield all series, bc2 is current, mostly FPS games.

djile
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 6:50:00 PM

At that resoultion your CPU is doing mostly all the work,hardly any strain on the GPU.Because your at such a low resoultion you are going to be bottlenecking the card a lot more.Espically with CPU intensive games like BC2.

I suggest trying to O.C. your CPU for some more headroom.
June 4, 2011 6:59:32 PM

purple stank said:
At that resoultion your CPU is doing mostly all the work,hardly any strain on the GPU.Because your at such a low resoultion you are going to be bottlenecking the card a lot more.Espically with CPU intensive games like BC2.

I suggest trying to O.C. your CPU for some more headroom.


Hello purple skunk:) 

forgot to mention that i have Creative Xfi extreme gamer audio card, prety good card. Im not experienced OC guy, never done it before. Guess when time come that oc is unavoidable, will gain me more time in playing such games.
Ill wait for litlee bit more ane beleive to purchase 6950 for future upgrading.

thanks a lot for disscusion
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 7:37:10 PM

I was saying before that if you were at a higher resoultion you would still be somewhat bottlenecking a 6850 or GTX460.At your current resoultion you are actually gonna bottleneck a lot more than i suspected.If you intend on buying a 6950 to use with your current PC you will be severely bottlenecking it.

I think you would be better off just buying the CPU and Mobo before you upgrade your GPU.The 8800GT is still able to keep up in todays games and if you add a new faster processor you should see a drastic frame rate increase with just the 8800GT.
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 8:02:37 PM

With your budget you can upgrade everything but you will have to hold off on your GPU upgrade until you have enough,but with a new CPU upgrade your 8800GT should be able to produce more FPS.

Phenom ii x4 970(3.5ghz) $150 + Free Shipping

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

Biostar 880G AM3 Motherboard $55 + Free Shipping

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


GSKILL DDR3 1333mhz RAM $40 + Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All that put together gets you right on your budget.



a b U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 9:32:04 PM

Honestly, at your resolution, upgrade you monitor, then start saving up for a new gpu, something cost effective would be a gtx 460 for example. After that, I'd save for a new system.
June 5, 2011 1:23:41 AM

anything over a 6850 would be completely unneccesary for that resolution. even a 6850 is overkill. you can get a 5770 for 120$. decent card and it comes with direct x 11.

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

then if you think you need to, you can spend the other 130$ on a new cpu and mother board. personally, id just buy an after market cooler like the hyper 212+ and try to over clock your current one for 40$ more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2011 6:08:07 AM

Also, instead of the 5770 consider a GTS 450.

I've got this card, but got mine from Microcenter instead of newegg. A little pricier, but the rebate essentially pays for cooler the above poster is recommending.

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

My 2nd Galaxy card, and I've had great luck with them. That card should be in between a 5750 and 5770 for performance, but comes with overclocking software in the package. The other thing to keep in mind is that you are upgrading from an Nvidia card. You pop an ATI card in, and that system may gripe at you.

So I say....Spend 85 for the card with rebate. Get the 40 dollar cooler mentioned. This leaves you 125.

Maybe grab this....

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Then pull the 8800gt and sell it on ebay for 35 to 40 bucks. Then you get 3 things. Full 1080p HD. Little overclock to help you out, and your new card. Or if you feel really brave, sell the 8800gt first.

Grab the monitor, cooler and then get one of these.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Which would be a MUCH faster card, then with the new monitor you'd get to see it rock. Although I do have a GTS 450 and it's a great card for the small price you pay. Especially once you get the rebate(still waiting on mine....), and then you sell your 8800gt, you essentially pay 40 for the card. So then you've got money for the cooler and monitor. If I were in your shoes, I think that's what I'd do to get bang for the buck.

a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2011 6:15:10 AM

Oh one more thing to add to the order, no matter which way you go.....

http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/battlefield-bad-compan...

Only thing I hate on this game is their profanity. But gameplay is great. Also great way to test out the new card and possibly monitor. Too bad the price is back to 20. I got it when it was 11.99 for download.


Edit....Check and see if you've got a microcenter near you. I just picked up an HP 21.5 inch for 80 bucks on an open box deal. 1600x900 resolution for 80 bucks just because it's open box? Still get the 30 day return policy, and another 11 months or so of warranty. No brainer!
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