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August 1, 2012 10:54:06 PM

Hello.. i have a gtx 670 4gb.. and i was wondering if i should upgrade and get the gtx 680 instead.

Im within the 30 days to return and upgrade.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


i currently have this.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


I have a i5 2500k 16gb ram windows 7 x64 with a asus z68-v lx board

i am a heavy gamer.. skyrim.. firefall.. lol.. bf3.. arma2.. planetside 2.. secondlife.. blah blah..


my monitor is currently default at 1440x900.. may get better monitor/tv in the feature

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August 1, 2012 10:58:02 PM

I would keep the 4GB 670, the only difference between the cards you listed is a few fps that can be had by overclocking the card.

The 680 only has 2GB of vram, where as the 670 has 4GB which could be utilized for games like Skyrim. This is for 1080p or greater resolution tho.

imo keep the card you have and enjoy it. Grab a 2nd later to sli them :) 
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August 2, 2012 12:17:17 AM

SLI would require that the OP replace the existing ASUS P8Z68-V LX motherboard with one that is able to support at least two nVIDIA graphics cards in 2-way SLI mode.
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August 2, 2012 12:35:32 AM

Why would you upgrade? Is the performance not good enough? You should max out every game at that resolution with a gtx670. Not to be rude but, what is your goal here? Keep the card, get a 1080p monitor, play games, have fun! Good luck.
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August 2, 2012 1:09:04 AM

Im getting low fps.. in simple games like LoL i get like 200 fps.. but in games like ARMA2 with everything on ultra i get only like 30..
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August 2, 2012 1:13:52 AM

dudewtf said:
Im getting low fps.. in simple games like LoL i get like 200 fps.. but in games like ARMA2 with everything on ultra i get only like 30..


That's odd, it might be a vertical sync limitation with the game. IIRC some games max out at 30FPS with vSync enabled.
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August 2, 2012 1:14:03 AM

ARMA 2 is an utter beast to run, just because you have an expensive card doesn't mean you'll max everything.
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August 2, 2012 1:19:26 AM

dudewtf said:

my monitor is currently default at 1440x900.. may get better monitor/tv in the feature


Forget about upgrading to a GTX 680 until you get at least a 1920x1080 Monitor.
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August 2, 2012 1:21:57 AM

Keep the gtx 670. Nothing's wrong with it. Instead, invest the money in a higher res monitor. For the ARMA II dilemma, check your visual settings. Look and see if vsync or something similar is activated. If so, turn it off and check fps. Vsync is typically used to remedy screen tearing and such.
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August 2, 2012 1:32:04 AM

I always turn vsync off and force it off in nvidia settings. Also.. since everyone seems to be telling me to get a better monitor.. is thier a monitor for under 200$ max that you can recommend? (if its a super super good monitor i guess i might be able to spring for 300.. dont really want too though.. >.>)

If it had 3d gaming for nvidia cards that would be cool.. i really dont need it, but ya :p .

I really havent a clue on what to look for in a monitor.

Im currently using a compaq 7750, and a hanns-G 17in.


I was looking at monitors and stuff and this looked good and it is in HD.
http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-21-5-Inch-Ultra-Thin-Full-...


However you guys seem to have more of a clue then me.. so if you could point me in the right direction and what to look for in a monitor that would be awesome!
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August 2, 2012 1:44:58 AM
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August 2, 2012 2:12:24 AM



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should i get one thats full HD, or are those hd at that res already.. also.. should i try for one with 120 refresh?


Just get one with a resolution of 1920x1080p. That's as "full hd" as your gonna get at your budget. You also don't need to worry about 120Hz refresh. I believe those monitors are out of your budget range as well.
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August 2, 2012 2:16:51 AM

gamerkila57 said:
if you do return it get this

Sapphire HD 7970 OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Gigabyte HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or even this

Sapphire HD 7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Why would you suggest he get a weaker card such as the hd 7950 if he were to return it? I'll back the sapphire and gigabyte 7970 recommendations, though. Strong cards.
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August 2, 2012 2:24:06 AM

gamerkila57 said:
if you do return it get this

Sapphire HD 7970 OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Gigabyte HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or even this

Sapphire HD 7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ive always used nvidia... and ive read that nvidia cards are usually better then ati.. idk.. >.>

is this thing any good...?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Seems like it must be years old to be that cheap..
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August 2, 2012 2:25:06 AM

DeusAres said:
Why would you suggest he get a weaker card such as the hd 7950 if he were to return it? I'll back the sapphire and gigabyte 7970 recommendations, though. Strong cards.

its not that weak and it can oc and be on par with an GTX 680 ?

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598
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August 2, 2012 3:00:43 AM

Depends on the games...
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August 2, 2012 3:06:35 AM

The 7950 is on par with the GTX 670, a bit faster in most games, but not much, and the 7970 is slightly faster then the GTX 680 in most games. The difference isn't huge.

However if you have regret over that GTX 670 you could always send it to me...
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August 2, 2012 3:24:57 AM

stant1rm said:
The 7950 is on par with the GTX 670, a bit faster in most games, but not much, and the 7970 is slightly faster then the GTX 680 in most games. The difference isn't huge.

However if you have regret over that GTX 670 you could always send it to me...


It's not faster in most games. From what I saw, the gtx 670 was faster...especially in battlefield 3 and skyrim
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August 2, 2012 3:26:07 AM

A GTX 670 is more than enough for anything. Plus the one you have is overclocked AND 4GB, so I don't see a problem here...
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August 2, 2012 3:31:24 AM

DeusAres said:
It's not faster in most games. From what I saw, the gtx 670 was faster...especially in battlefield 3 and skyrim

take in account that the bench is on the old drivers ? the new 12.7 drivers gave the 79xx series a great performance boost ?
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August 2, 2012 3:38:39 AM

Haven't seen any benchmarks to sway me...yet. :) 

As for now, the gtx 670 has my vote.
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August 2, 2012 5:06:07 PM

dudewtf said:
Ive always used nvidia... and ive read that nvidia cards are usually better then ati.. idk.. >.>

is this thing any good...?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Seems like it must be years old to be that cheap..

Came on the market in 2009.

Cheap because its resolution is 1680 x 1050.

That monitor has no height adjustment, only tilt.

ViewSonic FuHzion VX2268wm 3D Monitor Review here:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/monitors/display/views...
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August 3, 2012 1:47:33 AM

Best answer selected by dudewtf.
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August 3, 2012 1:48:01 AM

Going to get the VS238H-P i suppose.


However.. my gtx 670.. its idk.. still only getting 30 fps in gw2.. max settings.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/210/62207385.jpg/

i get like 60-70 max settings on bf3 though..


Id like to add, im at a 4.6 OC on my i5 2500k... if that helps
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August 5, 2012 12:22:41 AM

I checked around a bit and more people don't have high fps on Guild wars 2 with a GTX 670, but a GTX 680 would hardly add more fps (about 2-3% more).

That game is still being tweaked and you should get better fps when its out of beta. And please if you are going to buy a new monitor then follow people's advice and choose for 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 monitor. Your graphic card will love it ;) 
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