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June 11, 2012 5:54:11 PM

I am looking to upgrade my gpu before MOP and need help, here is some basic info.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 6/11/12-625/12 BUDGET RANGE: $200-400

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of warcraft (high end 25man raiding), D3 and SC2

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: gtx 260 ozc 600w pu

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I5-2500k 4.5ghz, z68 pro3 gen3 MB

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, or amazon COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: only have used nividia, but am not apposed to switching

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 (I think, I am only a single monitor person)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just want 60+ fps in wow 25man raid. I am not looking for overkill ie a $700 card that can cook for me, lol, but at the same time dont want to get bottlenecked by my gpu

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June 11, 2012 6:00:18 PM

I'm pretty sure your graphics card can already run World of Wacraft at 60 fps in raid environment at that resolution at maximum settings with shadows, MSAA x8 and AF x16. Even if it cannot, it's due to CPU fault, not GPU. Upgrading graphics card would be a waste of money. Get a bigger monitor instead.
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June 11, 2012 6:01:11 PM

looking to upgrade my GPU before MOP.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 6/11/12-6/25/12 BUDGET RANGE: $200-400

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW (high end 25man raiding), D3, SC2

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: gtx260, ocz 600w

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I5-2500k 4.5ghz, z68 pro3 gen3

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: like nividia but can switch

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 (I am a single monitor user)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am jsut looking for something that can run wow at 60+ fps in a 25man raid. I am not looking for overkill, but i also dont what it to be teh bottleneck in the system.
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June 11, 2012 6:19:37 PM

Well depending on what you do want to spend given your large budget you can go from worst to best.
560Ti- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7850- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7870- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7950- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
670- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They will all be a great improvement from what you currently have and will work with you current PSU. You just need to decide how much you want to spend.
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June 11, 2012 6:29:23 PM

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    June 11, 2012 7:19:46 PM

    Sunius said:
    I'm pretty sure your graphics card can already run World of Wacraft at 60 fps in raid environment at that resolution at maximum settings with shadows, MSAA x8 and AF x16. Even if it cannot, it's due to CPU fault, not GPU. Upgrading graphics card would be a waste of money. Get a bigger monitor instead.

    I do agree with upgrading the monitor to something 1080 but I would also get a better GPU. I highly doubt his CPU is the fault since it's an i5-2500k OC to 4.5 GHz. I doubt his CPU can run it at those settings, if it were why would he want to upgrade it?
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    June 11, 2012 7:33:23 PM

    I'm not entirely sure. But I know he should be able to run it at max with those specs.
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    June 11, 2012 7:46:15 PM

    I'd agree might want to drop about $180 on a good 1080p monitor and the other $220 on a GPU.
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    June 11, 2012 7:52:46 PM

    J_E_D_70 said:
    I'd agree might want to drop about $180 on a good 1080p monitor and the other $220 on a GPU.


    I agree with this, 7850 with a ~150ish$ monitor or a 560ti with a 180ish$ monitor would be the nice gaming experience balance.
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    June 11, 2012 8:19:45 PM

    Based on that budget I'd probably go with the GTX 570. It performs about on par with 260's in SLI. Really nice card that should also future proof you for some time.
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    June 12, 2012 4:26:05 AM

    Yes but that is so much overkill for the current monitor. If he doesn't want to upgrade his monitor then all of the cards from 560Ti to the 670 should run at the specs he wants. If he does upgrade the monitor then he can take advantage of the extra power from the better GPU. Just comes down to how much he wants to spend in total. If it were my money I'd go for a 7850 and then get a 24'' ASUS monitor for about $190 and although it is a bit over budget I think it's money well spent.

    I'd get one of these monitors (from lowest to highest price)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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