Seeking advice: upgrading GPU

Hey folks, seeking some advice here.

Here's my rig: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229283
Just upgraded the ram to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229283

I upgraded the ram because my rig shipped with a dead stick of ram, and I've been getting impatient waiting for the replacement stick to come. I'll be using the rig hopefully for the next 3 or so years, so I figure the 16gb ram can't hurt. I'll just transfer the 8 gigs to my old rig that my girlfriend will be using to play d3 with me.

CPU related side nite: I will also most likely be buying an after market cooler for my CPU so that I can overclock it to ~4.5 ghz.

That being said, I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card in the rig as well, hopefully without the need to purchase a new PSU. My budget for the graphics card would be ~$300, I suppose I would be willing to throw $350 at it if I could find one worth the extra $50.

So... questions:

1) GPU recommendations?
2) If necessary, PSU recommendations?

Thank you all in advance for any advice! :)
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  1. 6850 for crossfire.
  2. Totally cool that your girl is playing D3 with you! :sol:

    For Diablo 3, I think your i7 stock is golden as is, no OC required. I could be wrong, but your rig looks nice on paper.

    I would go for the dual 6850s.

    Powercolor has always been good to my friends, they are ATI Fanboys.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374
  3. Crossfire 6850's would outperform a 2g 6970? or gtx 570?
    And I play BF3, Skyrim, Crysis 2 etc... I also want this rig to last me, this isn't just for Diablo 3 or I would have kept my old setup lol.

    Edit: Seems clear after a brief bit of research that I should just xfire the 6850's and thanks for the guidance.
    Question is will that stock 600W power supply cut it? My guess is that I will need to upgrade, but I am no tech guru. Any suggestions on which PSU?
  4. And why have the i7 2600k if I'm not going to overclock it? :-P
  5. Modular is good if you are planning to use something like xfire or SLI.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371052

    a bit pricy. I hear a lot of good things about this PSU.

    If you dont want or need modular (possibly because you have a Full ATX case or plenty of clearance room) I would go with..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139025

    the second one is what i have been running for almost 6 months now. I like the changeable LED light, goes great with all my other blue LEDs with my case.

    I can possibly help you continue your search if you can inform me of a price range, and your case model.

    P.S. The 2600k is an overclockers toy, lol. Just stock as is, already pretty good.
  6. Got some advice over in the PSU section as well so I should be good to go. Thank you for your help Dejay
  7. Id go with a 6970 or a 570 rather than 2 6850s. No upgrade path with those 2 mid range cards.
  8. nudd said:
    Got some advice over in the PSU section as well so I should be good to go. Thank you for your help Dejay


    Im glad I could help. Enjoy D3, I know I will.
  9. nudd said:
    Crossfire 6850's would outperform a 2g 6970? or gtx 570?
    And I play BF3, Skyrim, Crysis 2 etc... I also want this rig to last me, this isn't just for Diablo 3 or I would have kept my old setup lol.

    Edit: Seems clear after a brief bit of research that I should just xfire the 6850's and thanks for the guidance.
    Question is will that stock 600W power supply cut it? My guess is that I will need to upgrade, but I am no tech guru. Any suggestions on which PSU?


    if you play skyrim there is about 20fps difference from 3.4 and 4.2ghz in that game so an overclock wouldnt hurt.
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