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Best GPU upgrade from 5760 with 120-140ish$ Budget

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May 5, 2012 6:09:48 PM

Setup is

ASUS M4A78T-E Mobo
AMD Phenom II 965 3.4ghz
4gbs 1333mhz g.skill ram
2 320 Samsung spinpoints
750watt Cosair Gseries powersupply
Antec 300 Case

Would i be best off with

HIS IceQ X Turbo H679QNT1G2M Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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


Or should i meh the whole GPU upgrade and go with more ram? I play Guildwars 2(Beta) and Battlefield 3 mostly in terms of gaming.
a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 6:35:45 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )
$149.99 and a $15 rebate makes it a final price of $134.99 and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 11201-00-20G)
$134.99 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition OC 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11201-02-20G)
$149.99 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $134.99 and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )
$169.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $159.99 and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are a few cards to look at and the first three are a standard two level upgrade from what you have now and the last card would be a better upgrade but a little over your budget amount.
Going with more ram will not give you the same performance upgrade that a video card will. It will make a slight improvement in some gameplay but you already have 4gb and the most that you can actually use with gaming is around 6gb. I have the task manager open while gaming and the ram usage doesn't go much above 5gb even with things open in the background.

HIS IceQ X Turbo H685QNT1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$159.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$169.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you prefer the HIS brand then you can look at these. The one that you listed is only one level above what you have now so it wouldn't be much of an upgrade , the chart at the top of the post will show you where the cards fall in order of best to worse.
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May 5, 2012 6:39:20 PM

If i were to rough it a few days with my motherboards built in gpu, to like 180 bucks, what would you upgrade to?

Cause im selling this 5670 to my neighbor for 60 bucks

And yeah, i do prefer HIS, their Ice Queen coolers make me rest easy.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 6:58:34 PM

HIS IceQ H687Q1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$189.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $179.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would be my first choice because the fan is positioned at the rear of the card and would blow the air over the entire board towards the rear of the case and out the back.

HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$169.99 and a $10 rebate making the final price $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is for all intents and purposes the same card but $20 cheaper and the only difference I see is that the fan is mounted in the middle so some of the warm air would be going out the back of the card and into the case. At this point you can go with either one and to tell the truth after futher checking I noticed that the feedback was a little better on the IceQ X and it could be a better fit for you since it's a little less expensive.
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May 5, 2012 7:01:10 PM

I think imma do that then, the 160 that is. My power supply shouldnt have any trouble right? Nor my motherboard? bottlenecking? ect ect? and 60 bucks is a fair price for selling a used Ice Queen 5670?
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May 5, 2012 7:18:35 PM

Best answer selected by imadirtybirdy.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 7:29:31 PM

Power supply-- OK
Cpu-- Ok
Motherboard-- Ok
Ram-- Ok , If you have Windows 64 bit then at some point you could do an upgrade to either 6gb or 8gb , but it can wait just keep it in mind for the next thing to do.

Which card do you have ? In the post title you said a 5760 and now your saying a 5670 ? If you have the 5670 then the leap to the 6870 would be four levels up and you would then see a massive jump in performance and you would still be ok with the other components. If there were a bottleneck with the cpu all you would have to do is overclock it a little and that would take care of it but I don't see that happening since the stock speed is 3.4ghz and it's a quad core and still a very capable cpu , it will have no problems with the 6870.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 7:30:39 PM

$60 is a fair price for your card.
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May 5, 2012 7:32:44 PM

yeah its a 5670 HIS Ice Queen, 1gb GDDR5 128bit, and thats good to know and yeah i got windows ultimate 64bit, Also when i take this video card out, and go to back to motherboard gpu, all i gotta do is take out the Cmos Battery and put it back in right?
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May 5, 2012 7:33:50 PM

Nice then, not out to rip anyone off
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a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 7:44:36 PM

Once you take out the video card the motherboard should automaticly switch to the onboard graphics.
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May 5, 2012 7:45:35 PM

Right on, but if it doesnt should i try re-seating the cmos?
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a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 7:50:22 PM

You could try that , and a lot of motherboards have a reset cmos button that with the power off you would just push that button and it resets the bios.
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May 5, 2012 7:51:59 PM

Not sure if mine does or not, it was a premium board in the 790 series so maybe.


*edit*

Doesnt have.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 8:08:06 PM

There is also a default option in the bios where you can reset the bios to the default state.
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May 5, 2012 8:11:56 PM

Is the 6870 a big card? am i gonna have clearance issues with the antec 300?
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a c 254 U Graphics card
May 5, 2012 8:20:06 PM

No it's pretty much a standard size card and it usually gives the dimensions of the card under the details tab and on their web site it will give them uder the specifacations tab. 10.24" x 5.59" x 1.65"
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May 5, 2012 8:24:39 PM

Oh derrp on me then :3 Yeh i got it, Thanks for all your help man, i think imma be happy with this card.
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