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Thinking about upgrading card, suggestions?

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June 20, 2012 4:09:46 AM

Within the next 2 weeks I am looking at getting a new card. Looking to spend about $150-$200 range, feel free to mention cards slightly over the $200 price point.

I want a card for gaming mainly, I play games that are graphically intensive. Such games are The Witcher 2, Battlefield 3, and even Crysis.

Currently I am using a EVGA Geforce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi), my power supply is the CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W.

I am currently using the AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) for my CPU. My motherboard is a ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+. I am using an Antec Kuhler H2O 620 liquid cooling unit.

I would prefer products from Newegg or NCIX US, feel free to mention other websites as well.

I would also prefer and ATI card over a Nvidia one but both brand suggestions are welcome. As far as card brands goes I like Sapphire, HIS and MSI. All brands are welcome though to be honest.

Overlocking I would like or even a preoverclocked card. SLI and or Crossfire great but does not really matter.

Monitor resolution is 1920x1080, would like to run games like Battlefield 3 on Ultra.
a c 99 U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 4:56:54 AM

Hello JBADS,

Here is a suggestion for your upgrade.

Sapphire 6950 2GB ($199.99, $189.99 after Mail-in Rebate):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Probably the best upgrade for you including the price and performance:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=510

Anandtech benchmark and improvement over your GTX 550ti

Realistically, the BF3 needs a stronger card for ultra settings. You will get modified ultra, probably need to turn off ambient occlusion and anti-aliasing.

Let me know what you think.
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 5:10:43 AM

Since the HD 7850 is one of the best bang for your buck cards right now around the mid $200's I think I would go for that.

Perhaps something like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would stretch your budget by about $40 but I don't think you will regret it afterwards.

I would push for the 7000 series as DX11 Tessellation support is improved greatly over the previous 6000 series. Like more than double.
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June 20, 2012 6:06:41 AM

fantastik250 said:
Hello JBADS,

Here is a suggestion for your upgrade.

Sapphire 6950 2GB ($199.99, $189.99 after Mail-in Rebate):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Probably the best upgrade for you including the price and performance:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=510

Anandtech benchmark and improvement over your GTX 550ti

Realistically, the BF3 needs a stronger card for ultra settings. You will get modified ultra, probably need to turn off ambient occlusion and anti-aliasing.

Let me know what you think.


I have seen that card and I did take some interest in it, but I did want a newer generation card. The card doesn't have to be over the top I mean if I ran BF3 at 30 frames on ultra I would be happy. This will be going onto my considering list.
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 7:54:50 AM

JBADS said:
I have seen that card and I did take some interest in it, but I did want a newer generation card. The card doesn't have to be over the top I mean if I ran BF3 at 30 frames on ultra I would be happy. This will be going onto my considering list.

The cards within the $150-200 that are worthy of recommendations are last generation cards so the only option is go next level up for the AMD 7850 but will exceed your budget.

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Get the GTX 560Ti or the HD 6950 or the hd 7850(220$)

The $220 AMD 7850 is interesting. Can you put the link?
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 8:10:35 AM

Oh, that I normally see. I thought there is really a $220. That will be worth a lot of recommendations.
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 10:40:29 AM

i have a hd 6770 and @ultra @1080p @bf3 i get an average of 32fps.
so you really only need to upgrade cpu not gpu!
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June 20, 2012 10:54:39 AM

I say get the HD 7850.

The FX-4100 @ 1080p is a good cpu when paired with mid-range cpus. However, I do recommend you get an aftermarket cooling an overclock it.

FX-4100 vs. i3-2100:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-210...

Since BF3 is mostly graphics dependent, and even The Witcher 2 (great game!) isn't all that cpu-dependent, it's better for the OP to upgrade his gpu.
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June 20, 2012 12:40:09 PM

panwala95 said:
i have a hd 6770 and @ultra @1080p @bf3 i get an average of 32fps.
so you really only need to upgrade cpu not gpu!

Unfortunately there is no worthy upgrade from an FX-4100 for gaming. It is better to overclock this CPU than get a new one.

As for a GPU, from a 550 Ti, 6950 or 560 Ti & up will get a significant boost in his game play.
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June 21, 2012 12:05:05 AM

randomkid said:
Unfortunately there is no worthy upgrade from an FX-4100 for gaming. It is better to overclock this CPU than get a new one.

As for a GPU, from a 550 Ti, 6950 or 560 Ti & up will get a significant boost in his game play.


I know this is somewhat off topic but how would I go about overclocking my 4100? I do have an Antec liquid cooler installed.

P.S. I very much like this processor hasnt failed me yet.
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a c 99 U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 1:38:52 AM

If you wanted a newer generation card then I'd suggest the 7850 as everyone else had recommended.
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June 21, 2012 1:53:23 AM

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June 21, 2012 3:05:03 AM

randomkid said:
Great. You are off to a good start. Here is guide:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/16/

If you need more, perhaps this can help:
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Overclocking+FX 4100+Guide


Been playing with the overclocking it was quite easy to do with this cpu i have had trouble with others. I so far have got it up to 4.40, people are saying it is possible to get it up to 5 I hear.
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June 21, 2012 8:49:41 AM

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