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Upgrading my graphics card

Hello Community,

I am considering upgrading my graphics hard, because I have been rather dissatisfied with my current card. This is my first post on Tom's Hardware so I will try to be as thorough and informative as I can.

Purchase Date: As soon as possible // Willing to wait a month or two.
Usage: Gaming and related video rendering
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series (1920x1080x32b)
Power Supply: 950 Watts
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz (architecture: x64; 2801 MHz)
Memory: DDR3 6gigs
Cooling: Liquid
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. (P6T SE; version: Rev 1.xx)
Seller Preference: Newegg, but open to suggestions
Part Preference: I am open to any part with good reliability
Overclocking: Sure!
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Video of Case (sorry for quality): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxjOBkdA5pY&feature=youtu.be (May still be rendering)

Currently Considering: (400-500$ price range)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
I would also consider other recommendations

I can include any other information requested by the community. I am fairly new to this process, and have not changed out a video card since 2003.

Thanks,
Evan
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  1. The second card you've been considering - EVGA GTX 670 FTW - is the best card for your money today and will continue to be so for quite some time to come. I highly recommend it.
  2. Best answer
    He didn't list any GTX570......

    Both would be a good choice.

    Which one you get depends on what games you play, some play better on nvidia and some play better on amd. The 7970 is more expensive, but if you plan to keep it for a while it has a better warranty and more memory (if you need it and at 1920x1080 you dont). It also comes with 3 games. The GTX670 is slightly faster.
  3. That was a typo :P It was meant to be GTX 670.
  4. Take a look at the 1k builder system here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-radeon-hd-7970-core-i5,3210-3.html and the 2k build here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3770k-overclock-geforce-gtx-680,3212-3.html

    Either of the options would work in your system.
  5. hang-the-9 said:
    Take a look at the 1k builder system here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-radeon-hd-7970-core-i5,3210-3.html and the 2k build here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3770k-overclock-geforce-gtx-680,3212-3.html

    Either of the options would work in your system.

    Hang,

    Thanks for your response. Are you suggesting that I just look at the video card from each builder, or are you suggesting that I explore additional content within?

    Thanks,
    Evan
  6. geekapproved said:
    He didn't list any GTX570......

    Both would be a good choice.

    Which one you get depends on what games you play, some play better on nvidia and some play better on amd. The 7970 is more expensive, but if you plan to keep it for a while it has a better warranty and more memory (if you need it and at 1920x1080 you dont). It also comes with 3 games. The GTX670 is slightly faster.

    Hey Geek,

    Thanks for the reply. When it comes to PC gaming I tend to play everything except Call of Duty and Battlefield on the PC. Currently my fix is DOTA2, but I wouldn't need to update my graphics card just to play that. One deciding factor could be which would process/capture video better.

    Thanks,
    Evan
  7. Unfortunately, the graphics card doesn't capture video. It's the CPU that does all the work.
  8. Egoxeno said:
    Hang,

    Thanks for your response. Are you suggesting that I just look at the video card from each builder, or are you suggesting that I explore additional content within?

    Thanks,
    Evan


    They discuss different reasons why they picked one card over another, including availability. If you can wait a few months, maybe a card they wanted to use would be more available. So if you are not trying to buy something now, see what the article states about different cards.
  9. Agree I would get the EVGA GTX 670 FTW.

    For process/capture you can try overclocking your CPU since it looks like your still running it at stock.
  10. Thanks everyone,

    Providing the GTX 670 FTW will fit in my case, I will be purchasing it.

    Thanks,

    Evan
  11. Best answer selected by Egoxeno.
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