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Upgrading from a 275GTX have a 300ish budget

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January 2, 2012 12:37:12 PM

Hell all I am looking to purchase a new videocard. I am an EVGA fan since ive used them for a long time and the one time I did adventure outside them was BFG and they are now gone im told. As my title says I currently own a 275 GTX and I have a budget of about 300 to 330 dollars. This computer is mainly used for gaming and having a very limited knowledge outside of putting them together I dont dare try to overclock.

my specs
Intel core i7-930 bloomfield 2.8ghz
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
mushkin enhanced blackline 4gb ddr3 1600 (pc3 12800)
Thermaltake Toughpower XT W0229RU 750W

I thank you all in advance for your time and knowledge.
a c 175 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 1:05:49 PM

I don't think it's a good idea to buy GTX 570, I would like to suggest you to get GTX 560 ti and invest yourself on CPU/Motherboard Combo on ivy bridge (coming in apr 2012).

Here is a good 560 ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And it should play games on 1080p well, expect if there is problems.
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 1:06:54 PM

If you can find a GTX 560 ti 448, I would recommend that as the max for your budget. It really is a declocked (of is it defrocked) GTX 570.
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January 2, 2012 1:15:10 PM

imlost said:
Hell all I am looking....


that's a heck of a greeting, LOL.

what resolution and detail do you want to play at, and what games.

the 6950 and 6970 are both good but you may not need something that level.

I would def avoid the 560 448 if you think you would ever want to do SLI as they are chips that didn't meet 570 standards and nvidia stockpiled them for a special release. you may not be able to get a second card later
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 1:27:26 PM

Wait for the new AMD cards, they're about to be released and numbers look promising. Prices on current generation cards should also drop a bit so you're better off waiting a few weeks IMO and like imlost said, I would avoid the 560ti 448 unless you're 100% sure of never going SLI.
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January 2, 2012 1:36:59 PM

imlost said:
Hell all I am looking to purchase a new videocard. I am an EVGA fan since ive used them for a long time and the one time I did adventure outside them was BFG and they are now gone im told. As my title says I currently own a 275 GTX and I have a budget of about 300 to 330 dollars. This computer is mainly used for gaming and having a very limited knowledge outside of putting them together I dont dare try to overclock.

my specs
Intel core i7-930 bloomfield 2.8ghz
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
mushkin enhanced blackline 4gb ddr3 1600 (pc3 12800)
Thermaltake Toughpower XT W0229RU 750W

I thank you all in advance for your time and knowledge.

if your board does Crossfire two 6850 CF beast a GTX 580 for about $288 but Radeon 7xxx are coming Very soon and a single mid range Radeon HD 78xx is a gonna put the hurt on a GTX 580 for half the price and power consumption and heat.Oh and then you will here it from the fan bouys about microstutter LOL.
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 1:43:23 PM

Sounds like more Bulldozer talk on the AMD 7000 series video cards. Suppose they'll have the drivers in a usable condition?
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January 2, 2012 2:36:15 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
Sounds like more Bulldozer talk on the AMD 7000 series video cards. Suppose they'll have the drivers in a usable condition?


we have benchmarks and testing showing good performance ahead of release. so not like bulldozer at all. admittedly all features couldn't be tested as some of the 3rd party tools werent ready, but by the time something in his budget comes out, say a 7850 drivers and reviews should be solid

I wouldn't say half the price, and not positive on load power with a 78xx vs 580. the 7xxxs will be priced by performance against current nvidia chips, as they should be. maybe a little lower
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January 2, 2012 2:51:41 PM

unksol said:
that's a heck of a greeting, LOL.

what resolution and detail do you want to play at, and what games.

the 6950 and 6970 are both good but you may not need something that level.

I would def avoid the 560 448 if you think you would ever want to do SLI as they are chips that didn't meet 570 standards and nvidia stockpiled them for a special release. you may not be able to get a second card later



haha I ment Hello. When I find the time I tend to play MMORPGS and since the release of The Old republic quiet a few of my friends have been asking me to give it a try. I noticed the recommended video card was a 460GTX for the game so I figured it was time for an upgrade. I am an Nividia fan since ive had them since I built my first computer 10 or so years ago but im not afraid of trying radeon.
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January 2, 2012 2:53:41 PM

Headspin_69 said:
if your board does Crossfire two 6850 CF beast a GTX 580 for about $288 but Radeon 7xxx are coming Very soon and a single mid range Radeon HD 78xx is a gonna put the hurt on a GTX 580 for half the price and power consumption and heat.Oh and then you will here it from the fan bouys about microstutter LOL.


My board can do crossfire but my case wont allow it since my power supply is on the bottom of my case and doesnt leave enough room.
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January 2, 2012 2:57:07 PM

refillable said:
I don't think it's a good idea to buy GTX 570, I would like to suggest you to get GTX 560 ti and invest yourself on CPU/Motherboard Combo on ivy bridge (coming in apr 2012).

Here is a good 560 ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And it should play games on 1080p well, expect if there is problems.


I have only had this computer since summer of 2010 im not ready to upgrade the whole thing yet since I do have a budget and other things that money has to go towards.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:39:26 PM

Ok get yourself a GTX 570
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January 2, 2012 4:47:41 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
Sounds like more Bulldozer talk on the AMD 7000 series video cards. Suppose they'll have the drivers in a usable condition?

They have all ready tested out the Radeon 7970 and its allready better than GTX 580 so the proof is in the putting.
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January 3, 2012 12:25:15 PM

imlost said:
My board can do crossfire but my case wont allow it since my power supply is on the bottom of my case and doesnt leave enough room.

That don't matter most all cases have a bottom PSU mount now in days LOL and the Radeon 68xx are cool running.
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January 3, 2012 12:55:00 PM

edit: I hit reply in the wrong tab lol
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a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2012 10:03:54 PM

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

This is my powersupply and when I went to newegg I noticed alot of supplies nowadays have multiple 12v rails. Is my powersupply going to meet the demands of the newer videocards? thanks again

Your PSU will handle a CF/SLI config with an overclock on almost any card config minus GTX 480SLI
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January 3, 2012 10:21:42 PM

thanks. Not to sound like im questioning your knowledge but why can it run an 570 but not a 480?
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January 3, 2012 10:36:59 PM

imlost said:
thanks. Not to sound like im questioning your knowledge but why can it run an 570 but not a 480?

The 4xx series and this is discluding the GTX 460 but mainly the GTX 470/480 were EXTREMELY hot running LOUD cards and I think they were and still are the Hottest running and most Power hungry and inefficient single GPU cards on the planet. There should be a video still on YouTube of a guy cooking breakfast on a GTX 480 Bacon and eggs I think LOL not kidding check it out. The GTX 5xx series are mainly just tweaked GTX 4xx cards and one of them very very much needed tweaks were much better power efficiency and in turn lower heat output and noise. Best to just stay away from the GTX 480/470/465 cards they suck an apes ball sack while they sniff the hot fart out the monkeys ass in the desert but the GTX 480 was and still is a fast card almost on par with the GTX580. PS the GTX 460 is a gem of a card tho.
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