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What should I upgrade in my system?

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June 24, 2012 3:05:34 PM

Ive posted a thread like this before, I want more fps or performance in gaming. Currently I have a core i5 2400 and a GTX 550TI. Should I upgrade the 2400 to a core i7 2600k? Or is the graphics card my main problem? Could I upgrade my GTX 550ti to something else (Not 680, too expensive) and not get bottlenecked or whatever with the i5 2400?

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June 24, 2012 3:08:01 PM

Your cpu is good. Not great, but good. I would get a GTX 670 or at the very least a 570 .
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June 24, 2012 4:15:25 PM

Definitely the graphic card needs upgraded if you feel your games are not running up to par.
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June 24, 2012 4:24:40 PM

Altiris said:
Ive posted a thread like this before, I want more fps or performance in gaming. Currently I have a core i5 2400 and a GTX 550TI. Should I upgrade the 2400 to a core i7 2600k? Or is the graphics card my main problem? Could I upgrade my GTX 550ti to something else (Not 680, too expensive) and not get bottlenecked or whatever with the i5 2400?


your cpu is great and it will do the job for at least 2 years with OC. the main problem in your system is your 550ti gtx, if you want to see some real boost in fps go for 480gtx trust me.........
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June 24, 2012 4:28:02 PM

Or even a Radeon 7850. It OCs to 1kHz, which = GTX 580 performance.
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June 24, 2012 7:58:45 PM

I think I like Nvidia, idk why I just like it better. If the Radeon 7850 is cheaper than I will get that instead. Thanks guys!
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June 24, 2012 8:01:35 PM

AMD is not bad anymore. Hasn't had driver issues since the 6xxx series.
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June 24, 2012 8:03:29 PM

Wait but see this is what I do not understand, the EVGA GTX 480 has 700mhz on the Core clock and 1401MHz shader clock. The gtx 550ti has 900mhz core clock and has 1900MHz shader clock. I see that the GTX 480 has more Cuda cores, is that what you look for in a GPU?
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June 24, 2012 8:04:44 PM

No, CUDA cores don't help at all in gaming. You look at reviews to find out on the best GPU for you.
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June 24, 2012 8:16:20 PM

Im looking at the 480, its from 2010 and the gtx 550ti is from 2011. Is the 480 really better?

If it is, why the hell does Nvidia do that, give it a larger number trying to trick consumers into thinking its better.
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June 24, 2012 8:17:04 PM

480 is indeed better, by like 2x.
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June 24, 2012 8:24:43 PM

What about the 460 vs the 480? 480 is better right?
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June 24, 2012 8:32:57 PM

Yes.
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June 24, 2012 8:37:53 PM

Alright thanks guys, bad thing is 600w is minimum. I always like to go a little higher than the minimum specs. Im gonna have to buy now an 800w PSU (this is also better for future upgrades).

Thanks guys
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June 24, 2012 8:52:18 PM

Yep, 800W sounds about right for one 480. However, it will be cheaper to get a Radeon 7850 an OC it to 1kHz. It uses A LOT LESS PSU (around 500W for one).
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June 24, 2012 9:08:00 PM

Im looking at the Radeon 7850 on newegg and its more money than the GTX 480. The 480 is $199 from EVGA. The Radeon 7850 is $249 from Sapphire.

The GTX 480 says minimum system requirement is a PSU with 600w, can I just get a 700w? (all of the 800w PSUs I find are not modular which is a no no for me)

Can you find me a link with a 7850, it would be a lot better for me if I didnt have to spend money on upgrading the PSU and then still having to buy a graphics card.
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