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August 24, 2012 1:35:05 AM

hey guys, i have a prebuilt computer with the following specs.
i7-870 quad core 8 thread @2.93 ghz
radeon 5570 gfx card 1gb vram
280 watt psu
8 gigs ddr3 1333 mhz ram
1 tb western digital 7200 rpm hdd

now im looking to spend around 300-500 bucks to upgrade this to play bf3 with a good frame rate decent settings hopefully atleast 720p ultra is my hope. higher the better.
im also looking to get a gfx card, psu, and a case for ventilation since my case is really bad and everything runs pretty hot.
im hopeing to be in the 300-400 range tops. the lower the better since im 16 and am not rich and my parents dont pay for my ***. anyways i was looking at the nvidia gtx 560 ti 1 gig and the nvidia gtx 560 2gb. im not sure which would run better, but both cost around 200 bucks. as for the psu i was just going to get a cheap 500-600 watt one off newegg. and for the case i was hopeing to get something pretty nice, with a nice top fan aswell as a side fan. led's are a bonus but not neccesary. any help you can give is appreciated. sorry for the wall of text haha. and i play skyrim mw3/mw2 battlefield bad company 2 and dirt 3 now. looking to expand that library to some better things with these upgrades. i also do hd videp editing for COD and skateboarding.

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August 24, 2012 1:53:11 AM

I'd recommend a 7870 which can be found for around 240, way better than the 560 (which is obsolete), a Corsair TX 650 for the PSU which is 70 after rebates and a HAF 912 for the case - look for the Plus or Advanced models.
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August 24, 2012 1:56:37 AM

So you certainly need a new PSU and GPU. For the PSU, I'd recommend something from Seasonic, Corsair, or Antec.

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

For the GPU, the choice is bit more complex. If you get a blower-style GPU, you may not need a new case because the GPU will not be exhausting hot air into the case. I'd favor an NVIDIA GPU for BF3 because they tend to perform above their price bracket in that game in particular when compared to AMD cards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 24, 2012 2:08:48 AM

first off; do not cheap out on the PSU. one bad PSU and you could potentially ruin your whole PC. find an 80+ certified 500-600W PSU from a refutable brand (Seasonic, Antec, Corsair). i.e; the Seasonic M12II or S12II series are a consumer favourites. that's a $110 off at worst.

at 720p, a non-ti, non-SE GTX560 should be more than enough. if you feel like saving up, there's the 6850, 6770, and the 7770. at most, that's $200 off.

if you're only concern in a case is ventilation, there's the HAF912. good airflow once you install an extra fan or two. if you want something less flashy, there's also the Fractal Design Core 3000. with extra fan(s) (or you could take the ones from your old case), that shouldn't net you more $90.
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August 24, 2012 2:13:25 AM

do i need a 2gb card to run most games at 1080p? or would i be fine with a 1gb card? and you also said the 560 is obsolete, what would you reccomend instead, im coming from a 5570 so anything is going to be an improvement. and from 720p to 1080p on a 22" monitor is there really a huge difference in how crisp it looks?
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August 24, 2012 2:42:14 AM

i do dew said:
do i need a 2gb card to run most games at 1080p? or would i be fine with a 1gb card? and you also said the 560 is obsolete, what would you reccomend instead, im coming from a 5570 so anything is going to be an improvement. and from 720p to 1080p on a 22" monitor is there really a huge difference in how crisp it looks?


for 720p, a GTX 560 non-ti would be considered an overkill in most cases.

there is a big improvement in image quality going from 720p to 1080p. if you're really looking to play at 1080p, then the 560ti is still a good buy and is far from obsolete. however the 7850 does perform a lot better for less power so you could go with a 450-500W PSU instead.

vRAM is not really a big issue in most cases as a 1gb card will do just fine at 1080p
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August 24, 2012 2:50:51 AM

Hazle said:
for 720p, a GTX 560 non-ti would be considered an overkill in most cases.

there is a big improvement in image quality going from 720p to 1080p. if you're really looking to play at 1080p, then the 560ti is still a good buy and is far from obsolete. however the 7850 does perform a lot better for less power so you could go with a 450-500W PSU instead.

vRAM is not really a big issue in most cases as a 1gb card will do just fine at 1080p


The 560 is obsolete and EOL. No point choosing it when the 7850 smashes it to pieces. You do need more vRAM if you load up mods and pump up AF/textures.
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August 24, 2012 3:13:30 AM

i want something that will last me a good while if im going to drop major cash on it... 300 dollars is pretty major to a 16 year old haha. so if i went the gtx 660 ti 2gb would that last me alot longer than a 560 ti or non ti? and im really looking to play bf3 maxed out at 1080p but i thought it was near impossible. but from what your saying i could do it. is the 660 ti worth saving for? and i would need a new case if i got it correct? and 8 gigs ram and my i7 870 would suffice for gaming right?
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