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Upgrade gtx295 to gtx680

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Last response: in Graphics Cards
May 20, 2012 12:39:03 PM

Hi guru guys!

My aging gtx295 won`t cut it with the new games and it`s been suggested to go for a gtx680 which I`m told will dramatically improve things gaming wise? I like Total War series and BF3 and neither of these run properly wiv the 295 wiv all the detail on.

I`m being told to go for the gtx680 by folk who want to `suck my bucks` and not from u lot who have no alterior motive but 2help and impartially advise folk like me!.......a nob!!

I`m running a watercooled i7 @ 3.2gigs
6 gigs ram
DrMos N1996 MB
Dynamo 1100w power
Single display 1920 x 1200 @ 60htz
Sniper case wiv lotsa fans.......n lotsa dust!!

It`s 3 years old and the folks who wanna suck me bucks said I can`t go too wild on a new graphics card coz it`ll bottleneck in the system unless I wanna upgrade the CPU etc! So should I upgrade and wot should I upgrade to if that`s the case?? Should I scrap it n start again or these thevin lyin` rednecks just tryin 2steal my hard earned cash??

So thank you little guru people and any ideas please!

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a c 172 Î Nvidia
May 20, 2012 12:51:33 PM

As you can see there .... the GTX 295 is 2 tiers below the 680

I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite: Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

GTX 680 - $ 500.00 ( 989 / 1578 ) $ 0.51 - $ 0.63
GTX 670 - $ 400.00 ( 917 / 1539 ) $ 0.44 - $ 0.52
670 DCII Cu TOP - $ 420.00 ( 999 / 1679 ) $ 0.42 - $ 0.50

For example, at a cost of $500, the 680 gets 989 fps in a single card configuration ata cost of $0.52 per frame and 1578 fps in SLI a a cost of $0.63 per frame.
May 20, 2012 1:10:12 PM

upgrading from 295 is huge difference, get the GTX670 its cheaper and not that big of a difference from the 680 imo, OC it and its super!, OC your cpu to 3.6GHz since you got a watercooling.
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a b Î Nvidia
May 20, 2012 3:16:11 PM

Well, GTX 295 isn't a bad card at all, that card cost nVidia a lot to implement and sucked your buck really when you bought it but it's a bottleneck to every modern game out there, the lack of VRAM per GPU, the lack of DX11 support & high visuals, tessellation, shaders,............

If the card is just giving you a proper FPS at such a high resolution, well you might wait and upgrade in the upcoming line of Geforce series.
May 20, 2012 11:30:46 PM

Hi you lot from a cold rainy`s nearly summer here and we`ve still got frost!!! ((((((((INSANE)))))))))

Thank you all so much for your kind replies and there is some very good suggestions there. Liked your`s greghome n thanks 4the graph, really helpful to see the comparisons visually rather than just numbers on a page.

JackNaylors post was interesting to and a good slant on the whole deal, as was ryqrils and ilysamis. So thank you all! I`m gunna munch it all over but it`s certainly made me think!!!