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If you were me, which card would you buy?

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March 13, 2012 2:42:51 AM

Alright, I've been researching which card to buy for my comp and am completely frustrated :cry:  . Unfortunately this research has gone completely in circles, and I am back to square 1. It seems that everyone is giving contradicting information AAAAA :fou:  I have posted about getting help with this before, and I really appreciate the help!.

So, here is my deal.


Core 2 Duo E8400 @stock speed with a Cool Master Hyper TX2
P5QL-Pro Motherboard (I also have a P5W-DH deluxe in another computer)
BFG GTS 250 1GB GDDR3 @stock speeds
8GB DDR2 (I think it's DDR2-800-the regular kind, nothing special. It's actually a mix of Lexar and Corsair)
500GB WD average speed HD
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
APEVIA 680W Beast (ATX-AS680W)
Samsung Syncmaster 225cw

So, if you were me, which card would you upgrade to (around $160) that would A) Not be bottlenecked by my E8400 and B) Be a significant upgrade over my GTS 250 and C) be able to play game like Crysis at very high at 1680x1050.

As for upgrading my CPU, yes I would like to do it in the future, but not know. Same with OC'ing maybe in the future. I'm not even sure that my cpu cooling would suffice.


Thank you very much for your help, you guys really help me out :D 

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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 13, 2012 3:04:29 AM

What is a tolerable frame rate for you? 30fps? 60fps?

Since none of your current componets can travel with you onto another build and because you really need to upgrade your CPU I suggest getting another GTS250 for SLI.You can get them for dirt cheap these days.But you will need to upgrade your PSU because your current one will not support it because it's cheaply made.

GTS250 SLI Review:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/gf-gt...

GTS250:
http://www.amazon.com/Galaxy-Technology-GeForce-Graphic...

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March 13, 2012 3:09:51 AM

I would, but unfortunately my boards don't support SLI. I don't know if it would be a very good idea to buy a lower gpu, then have to buy a newer one later.

I do have another PSU. It's a Power Bay ATX-S628 550W

40 FPS is fine with motion blur
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March 13, 2012 3:38:31 AM

with that set up let's look at nvidia first

nvidia= gtx550ti (since this one is on the cheap part range i won't suggest a 560ti since it's more expensive but some dude just posted some for 149.99 euro gigabyte 560ti OC or something)

AMD=5770/6770/6870 at 1080p is great but of course thats with 6870

ery high at 1680x1050. is what you said then you really have no choice but to go AMD

Sapphire hd 6870 1gb gddr5 is your best choice as it's on there up the gtx560ti level but on a better bang for buck price range.
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March 13, 2012 3:47:28 AM

Tavo_Nova said:
with that set up let's look at nvidia first

nvidia= gtx550ti (since this one is on the cheap part range i won't suggest a 560ti since it's more expensive but some dude just posted some for 149.99 euro gigabyte 560ti OC or something)

AMD=5770/6770/6870 at 1080p is great but of course thats with 6870

ery high at 1680x1050. is what you said then you really have no choice but to go AMD

Sapphire hd 6870 1gb gddr5 is your best choice as it's on there up the gtx560ti level but on a better bang for buck price range.


1) will my CPU cause an XFX 6870 trouble (bottleneck)?
2) I've heard the 6870 is having some trouble at the moment, do you know anything about these issues?
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March 13, 2012 4:00:19 AM

well they are having some slight problems with crossfire but seeing as you won't be using crossfire with your system then i suggest they are ok. and it should not be having much bottleneck unless of course your having many internet tabs in the background while playing,

i just tested it on my athlon x3 450 cpu @ stock and tried playing it with skyrim and elder scroll (i don't have bf3 installed in that pc) need for speed underground at 1680x resolution and it seems to be working fine,all at playable rate with a nice eye candy to boot,

but I think your cpu is better than the one i tested it in, so it should be ok
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a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2012 4:17:34 AM

I dont think the 550Ti is much of a step up from the gts250. It is only one level higher on Tom's graphics card hierarcy chart. The 560Ti might be a bit much, but what about the gtx560? For a game like BF3, even at 1680 X1050 the 550TI might do medium settings, but thats about it, The 560 would definately play it on high.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 13, 2012 5:20:30 AM

The 6870 will get bottlenecked by that CPU.

When is a triple core not better than a dual core?

The 6870's don't have problems.They used to have a problem with micro-stuttering in crossfire about 8 months ago but they fixed it with an update as it was an update that caused it in the first place.I myself had a 6870 crossfire and I didn't noticed any issue's.

Actually nvm on SLI'ing because the chipset doesn't support it.You said you had a P5W DH Deluxe as an alternate board.

My advice is to go with a 6850.It won't get bottlenecked by your CPU and you won't have to upgrade your PSU until you decide to build/buy a new PC.Btw both of those PSU's are junkers.
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a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2012 8:08:28 AM

The 6870 would be a good choice. Then, if/when you decided to upgrade the CPU, you don't have to buy another GPU.
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March 20, 2012 6:16:20 PM

DXRick said:
The 6870 would be a good choice. Then, if/when you decided to upgrade the CPU, you don't have to buy another GPU.




Sort of a noobish question here, but would running it on a lower cpu damage the cpu or the gpu?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 20, 2012 6:28:50 PM

No it won't damage.But it may bottleneck.If your thinking of using your current CPU still you should consider O.C.ing.Switch over to your Deluxe board and buy an aftermarket cooler.The Core 2 Duo's can O.C. quite well.Your at 3ghz now,if you O.C. to around 3.4ghz it will give you a nice boost and won't hinder the 6870.
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