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Best card for an E8500 @ 3.8 ~ 4.0ghz

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November 9, 2011 5:02:30 AM

Hi all,

Recently my GTX295 just overheated and as per ASUS they cannot repair it anymore, which means I will have to get a new card...and in the meantime I want to get a new card which I can use its maximum peformance with my current e8500 at 3.8 ~ 4.0 ghz (i know that my CPU will be a hindering a high end graphic card now, but I still want to get the best for an e8500).... any suggestions please? NVIDIA/ATI will do fine...

My specs:
E8500 @ 3.8 ~ 4.0
8GB ram
Dell 24" @ 1920 * 1080

Please let me know if you need any other inforamtion.

Many thanks! :) 


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a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 5:06:30 AM

Hi.
We also need to know your powersupply and your budget.

If your psu is up to it maybe a GTX460.
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 5:53:41 AM

hd6850 is the choice.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 5:55:13 AM

Yeah ? You're sure it will work without knowing his mobo pcie version ?
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 5:57:41 AM

hmmm, i am sure he has 2.0
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:00:37 AM

Why, enlighten me please ?
a c 88 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:05:37 AM

Depends on your PSU, mobo and budget really, Im running the same CPU as you and overclocked at 4Ghz, I'm running 560ti in SLI, it's running great and doesn't appear to be bottlenecking but I'm sure it would run even faster on a new i7 cpu.
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:05:46 AM

because you suggested gtx460 and this one require 2.0 and same for 6850.
a c 88 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:07:38 AM

OP says he has a GTX 295, which is a 2.0 card
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:15:24 AM

pro-gamer said:
because you suggested gtx460 and this one require 2.0 and same for 6850.



Euh, ain't a 6850 a 2.1 card ? 2.0 will work for sure with a 1.0 mobo, 2.1 not always. I also think he has a 2.0 mobo but not sure.
November 9, 2011 6:18:13 AM

an E8500 oc'd is not going to hinder much.
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:27:08 AM

GreenDutchAlien said:
Euh, ain't a 6850 a 2.1 card ? 2.0 will work for sure with a 1.0 mobo, 2.1 not always. I also think he has a 2.0 mobo but not sure.

so 2.0 doesn't work on 2.1....!
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:31:03 AM

The GTX 295 is still a good card today as it was back then... Only problem is that its hot! :) 
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:34:12 AM

pro-gamer said:
so 2.0 doesn't work on 2.1....!



No my sweet, a 2.1 gpu doesn't allways work with a 1.0 slot. A 2.0 card will. There are no 2.1 mobo slots i believe.
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:42:10 AM

GreenDutchAlien said:
No my sweet, a 2.1 gpu doesn't allways work with a 1.0 slot. A 2.0 card will. There are no 2.1 mobo slots i believe.

thanks ROBJORDY i thought that this will be same.
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 6:43:29 AM

I think there are a few boards with 2.1 slots.
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 7:34:43 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
I think there are a few boards with 2.1 slots.


Ah, ok, thanks.
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 8:25:40 AM

If budget is not a problem then why not a complete new build?
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 8:32:58 AM

Well, according to monsta and sceen, there won't be a bottleneck with even a sli GTX560Ti.
Only you can't sli you have only 1 pcie x16 slot if i'am right.
A GTX 570 should be fine to than. Or a HD 6950. I base this advice on what the others say, don't know enough myself from that.
November 9, 2011 8:52:52 AM

hell_storm2004: because i am waiting for GTX6 series and the new cpu next year...lol

robjordy: thanks for the advice, yea I will only run 1 card....

Anyway is there any comments with ATI/NVIDIA now? i've been a nivida guy since TNT32... but if the "best" card for my rig will be an ATI , i would give it a try...
thanks
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 8:59:48 AM

6950 is better than 560ti but the 570 is better than 6950. http://www.hwcompare.com/9022/geforce-gtx-570-vs-radeon...
Still not sure though if this isn't to much for a duo core, even overclocked.
Specially because you're gonne buy new next year i would settle for a HD 6870 or a GTX 560Ti and save the money for the new build.
November 9, 2011 10:03:57 AM

hehe thanks robjordy, also may i know if this 6950 is the rival of the 560ti?

i mean was it launched to compete with the 560ti.... thanks!
November 9, 2011 11:06:43 AM

if u can afford then go for gtx 560ti or 6950

if low buget then gtx 460 or ati 6850

more low budget then go for gtx 550ti or ati 6790


these are the choices but only 560ti or 6950 will perfome good in 1080p

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a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 11:29:06 AM
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:lol: 

It's the indeed the rival of the 560ti, but wins clearly ; the 6950 is definitely faster than the 560ti. It's like 6870 > 560Ti > 6950
November 9, 2011 11:49:50 AM

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November 9, 2011 11:51:25 AM

I think will be trying out an ATI... how are the drivers?
a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 12:56:05 PM

You will be fine.

2 things: Be sure to thoroughly remove your old drivers and make sure you purchase a dual-BIOS reference design HD69502GB for around $250.

You will have a high probability of unlocking shaders and creating an HD6970. Your e8500 should not be an issue in the majority of games, and you will pretty much be a gaming monster !!

a c 104 U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 1:19:07 PM

^+1

AMD drivers nowadays are fine.

Use driversweeper to remove all old drivers.
November 9, 2011 2:21:17 PM

Thx u all :) 
November 10, 2011 2:13:32 AM

Guys... I've just bought the ASus 6950 directcuII 2Gb and when I turn my pc on the monitor will be on power save mode.... Just wondering after I plug the power cables what color of the light should I expect? Also I believe my ASus mobo p5q supports it right?
November 10, 2011 2:35:02 AM

I believe it is the power is not enough? But.. I'm using a corsair tx850 psu... Which I was using it to feed my gtx295.....
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 5:30:20 AM

Damn.
Power should be more than enough.
Reading back the thread now i see we never completely made sure your mobo has a 2.0 slot or a 1.0 slot, got distracted by all the 1.0, 2.0, 2.1 discussions.
Have to look in to that. Afraid it's a pcie version problem. Maybe that can be fixed with a bios update but that's not possible now because you have no picture. :( 

Btw ; what do you mean with ; Just wondering after I plug the power cables what color of the light should I expect. What light ?
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 5:42:04 AM

You're sure the monitor is ok ? You said the 295 did die on you, you're sure it was the gpu and not the monitor ?
November 10, 2011 7:47:02 AM

GreenDutchAlien said:
You're sure the monitor is ok ? You said the 295 did die on you, you're sure it was the gpu and not the monitor ?


Yup, that's my mobo, and yea, as per ASUS they said that my GTX295 is dead, so they are willing to refund me some $ (since it is still in warranty).

Furthermore I belive my monitor is fine, since I use it to play my PS3 (HDMI), and after my GTX295 died, a friend of mine lent me his GTX560 which worked fine...

Regarding the light I've mentioned... you know when you plug-in the PCI-e power connectors, the display cards has a light coming out from it? mine is red..
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 8:42:59 AM

Pfffff.

Don't know about that light, maybe someone else here who has this card ?
I believe you have 4 pcie cables, tried them all 4 ?
Could you try the 6950 with your friends pc ?

Can't think of anything that should prevent it working.

Really hate this, advicing a card and than it doesn't work, though it really should.

Hopefully some other forum members can help with this, i'm quite out of ideas.
November 10, 2011 10:49:06 AM

no prob.. thanks man :) 
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 3:00:02 PM

Maybe when you tried my suggestions above and the problem is still there make a new thread with this question.

November 10, 2011 3:10:05 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
Maybe when you tried my suggestions above and the problem is still there make a new thread with this question.

Yea, thx
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