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Budget PC Upgrade

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May 11, 2012 12:02:37 AM

Hi guys I'm after some advice. With my current system, which I hope is shown sufficiently in my sig, I'm looking at the best upgrade/upgrades for it with graphics in mind. I have been playing Battlefield 3 but have found the card to play OK but is too noisy to the point I find myself not playing it at all. Strangely it seems to run Skyrim well both graphically and very quietly too. I would have a budget somewhere between £200 & £400.
Thanks in advance.

AMD Phenom II X4 840 Processor
Kingston PC3-10700 8GB
Asus ATI Radeon EAH6850 Direct CU

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May 11, 2012 12:22:34 AM

I think the nvidia GTX 670 is the best value in graphics cards right now if you can find one in stock. Here are some benchmarks: .

Otherwise you might look at and Radoen HD7950 or HD7970, people are expecting the prices of these to fall in a couple weeks due the GTX 670 release.
May 11, 2012 9:05:20 PM

Thanks for your reply tonync_01 just one further question if you wouldn't mind?
My case is a Gigabyte Luxo M1000 will this be large enough to enable me to use the Windforce GTX 670 which has a full sized pcb board, if not what would be my best course of action?
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May 11, 2012 11:16:26 PM

What do you have for a power supply?
May 11, 2012 11:28:53 PM

The standard GTX 670s are 9.5" long. Would fit nicely in your Gigabyte Luxo M1000

Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce is 285mm or 11.2" long which does not look to fit in your case.

GIGABYTE Luxo M1000 Mid Tower Computer Case

May 12, 2012 12:35:20 AM

My Power supply is a Storm Silent LPJ19-25 500W
May 12, 2012 12:51:52 AM

It might pass muster. I can't find a data plate to confirm it actually has 30Amps +12V but I suspect it probably does. And you can use a Molex to PCI-e adapter for the 2nd PCI-e power connector.

-> NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 video card requires a 500 Watt or greater power supply with a minimum of 30 Amps on the +12V rail and two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors.