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HD4870 to GTX 560 Ti, worth it / feasible?

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January 12, 2012 8:14:30 AM

Hi all, I've just joined, so if I said / done anything wrong here, pls forgive me

To the business, I'm in a dilemma of whether I should / whether it's possible to upgrade from a MSI 4870 512mb to a Asus GTX560 Ti, base on the spec of my current PC
I built this in Oct 08.


CPU: Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9550
(12M Cache, 2.83 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)

M.Board: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS4P

Graphic: MSI R4870 512MB

RAM: 6GB OCZ DDR2 1066 (well originally it was 8GB but one of them died last year)

HDD: 1x WD 1TB, 1x WD 200GB

PSU: Antec TruePower New 650

Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

LG BD burner

OS: Window 7 Ultimate 64 bits


I do a lot freelance HD video editing jobs and play a lot of FPS with it (Mainly battlefield 3 now)
Hopefully this is not too much of a stupid question.
a c 80 U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 8:35:16 AM

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Graphic: 6GB MSI R4870 512MB (well originally it was 8GB but one of them died last year)

i don't understanmd this bit. your motherboard has only 3 pcie slots and two of them have 16 and 8 lanes respectively. may be you meant system ram.
anyway... a gtx 560ti upgrade seems worth it.
4870 vs 560ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/304?vs=330
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a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 8:36:40 AM

Yes that CPU is still powerfull it will not bottleneck the 560 Ti, the PSU is plenty. Well, if that 4870 just ain't cutting it for you anymore, get an 560 Ti. Oh, and make sure you get the DCII version of the Asus GTX560 Ti, i know guys who oc'ed it to 1100Mhz core stable!
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a c 88 U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 10:30:45 AM

A 560ti would be a great upgrade from the 4870!
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January 12, 2012 10:46:09 AM

^.^ I still have my 1gb 4870, and I just yesterday swapped out my q9550. Only reason I did a swap was because of some instability, but still a great chip for almost all games. You may need to upgrade your CPU/mobo in a year, though you'll be happy upgrading your graphics.
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January 12, 2012 2:25:25 PM

de5_Roy said:
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Graphic: 6GB MSI R4870 512MB (well originally it was 8GB but one of them died last year)

i don't understanmd this bit. your motherboard has only 3 pcie slots and two of them have 16 and 8 lanes respectively. may be you meant system ram.
anyway... a gtx 560ti upgrade seems worth it.
4870 vs 560ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/304?vs=330


My bad, it should be

Graphics: MSI R4870 512MB

RAM: 6GB OCZ 1066 (well originally it was 8GB but one of them died last year)
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January 12, 2012 2:27:56 PM

Can my motherboard handle the latest graphic cards though??

and i worry about the size of the card, which might be too large for my case?
Currently i'm using a Antec Sonata III

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January 12, 2012 2:28:16 PM

and thanks guys for the replies, much appreciated :) 
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a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 2:58:30 PM

All the newer cards are still PCI-e 2.0 so yes they will all work with your board.

For the money you are spending on the 560 you might be dissapointed in the performance lift over the 4870. I would try to stick it out with the old card until the full line of AmD 7000s come out. That should drive prices down and give you more options.
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January 12, 2012 3:18:03 PM

Take out your 3rd memory stick. You aren't running in dual channel mode at the moment.
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a c 80 U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 3:37:36 PM

reclus said:
Can my motherboard handle the latest graphic cards though??

and i worry about the size of the card, which might be too large for my case?
Currently i'm using a Antec Sonata III

your motherboard will be able to handle current pcie 2.0 cards.
looks like your case dimensions are:
16.7" (H) x 18.2" (D) x 8.1" (W)
42,5cm (H) x 46.3cm (D) x 20.6 cm (W)
dimensions of evga gtx 560ti
9" x 4.38"
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January 16, 2012 6:29:17 AM

If i get the GTX570, can my PSU handle it with all that I have on my M board now?
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a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2012 6:50:01 AM

reclus said:
If i get the GTX570, can my PSU handle it with all that I have on my M board now?


Your PSU is fine for the 570, however, I would strongly suggest investing in some aftermarket cooling for your CPU and doing some overclocking - the Q9550, whilst still a viable CPU, is aging and will present a bottleneck in some CPU intensive games (Multiplayer BF3 being one example of this). Overclocking can allieviate this bottleneck partly, or entirely given enough time and effort, for a minimal price (the price of a good air cooler).

If you have no intention of overclocking I suggest going for the 560ti - it will be quite the upgrade from a 4870 512mb.
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a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2012 6:56:41 AM

buy gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC better than ASUS DC II~
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January 16, 2012 7:52:06 AM

srafig4 said:
buy gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC better than ASUS DC II~


why is it better?

I have absolutely no idea about overlocking. Is it hard? What should I pay attention to? will it consume more power? Which cooling device should I install?
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January 16, 2012 7:52:36 AM

Thanks @de5_roy for the link :) 
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a c 80 U Graphics card
January 16, 2012 8:04:16 AM

overclocked cards offer slightly higher performance. they consume more power than the reference design (non overclocked) cards. usually overclocked cards have coolers installed on them, but if you want, you can choose to install your own vga cooler.
imo you should be fine with a card with stock settings. better, a gfx card with good cooler.
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January 16, 2012 8:27:17 AM

oh i mean overlocking my Q9555 CPU
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a c 80 U Graphics card
January 16, 2012 8:55:13 AM

ask in the overclocking section for better info on cpu overclocking.
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January 24, 2012 2:01:35 AM

Best answer selected by reclus.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 10:43:02 AM

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