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Upgrading GPU, Need Advice GTX 570 vs. GTX 670

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August 7, 2012 10:35:24 PM

So i'm wanting to upgrade from my Gigabyte HD 6850 to either a GTX 570 or GTX 670, I know the more powerful is obviously the 670, but I also don't have the newest system. I built my PC about a year and a half ago, it's got

AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2ghz
ASUS M4A87TD EVO mobo
8gb RAM
750watt PSU

So i'm wondering if it's even worth going to the 670 or if I should just save the extra ~$100 bucks and go with the 570

On the GTX 570 side I was looking at EVGA GTX 570 (Fermi) which is about $300 AR
On the GTX 670 side I was looking at either the EVGA GTX 670 2gb which is about $400 but includes a $30 gift card
or the MSI GTX 670 which is about $375 AR

I'm looking to buy within 1-2 weeks

I'm trying to run Skyrim right now on high settings, but the really big game for me is Borderlands 2 (big reason for the switch to NVIDIA)
I'm running 2 monitors (only gaming on 1) at 1920x1080 on the main monitor
Overclocking is a maybe, and my mobo won't SLI and crossfire isn't really an option b/c it's only got 1 x16 PCIe slot

I mainly use Newegg or Tigerdirect, but i'm open to reputable dealers and i'm in the US

I tried to follow the asking for advice thread, but if I missed anything please just let me know :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 10:42:03 PM

Hi

Well I think you should definitely go for the 670 as that extra 100 bucks will give a couple of years extension on your next gpu upgrade. And yes EVGA is top class definitely go for that one.

Hope this helps!
a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 10:42:45 PM

get the 670

dont look back
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August 7, 2012 10:48:22 PM

agreed:-) ------->EVGA 670 FTW
August 7, 2012 11:17:22 PM

I was thinking the 670 would be the way to go, but i was worried that one of my other components might cause a bad bottleneck. I figured I could move the 670 to the next pc, probably with SLI, think I'll go that way. On the brand question, is EVGA the way to go? This is my first pc I built so except for knowing ASUS has terrible customer support I'm not too knowledgeable lol
a c 539 U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 11:25:36 PM

You may have a bit of a bottleneck, but that's a good problem to have. It's okay to think to the future when the prices are so close. For your next build be sure to go for an Intel system.

EVGA is renowned for their customer service, although I had a really good experience returning a defective video card to Asus.
a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 11:43:02 PM

EVGA 670 is the way to go as people have said. It offers over roughly 60% more performance than the 570 but costs less than 40%, that's a win in my books.
August 8, 2012 2:00:15 PM

You should wait for the 660Ti. It's right around the corner, lest feeling guilty about purchasing a card so close to the 660ti's release. :) 

And, if the 660Ti is not what you want.. It's bound to push the prices of Amd graphics cards lower.
August 8, 2012 7:42:49 PM

rockstar_7 said:
You should wait for the 660Ti. It's right around the corner, lest feeling guilty about purchasing a card so close to the 660ti's release. :) 

And, if the 660Ti is not what you want.. It's bound to push the prices of Amd graphics cards lower.


I haven't heard much about the 660ti, is it going to be able to handle games like borderlands 2 at pretty high settings?

Also I just found this EVGA GTX 670 FTW for about $390 with a gift card and though about going that way. I know this is better than the other 670 and $20 more for a better card isn't much extra at this point lol. However, i haven't really dealt with returns through amazon on computer parts so I wasn't sure how easy it was to do

Also I am thinking that I'll move this card into my next computer with SLI, so would having the higher card be better at that point?
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 9:52:55 PM

Yes, higher end cards tend to deal better with SLI. I've read on forums that for example, more people have less issues with SLI 570's and 580's than people with 550's and 560's. The 192bit Memory on the 660 "might" throw in an extra hurdle with SLI too. Ofcourse, this is speculation...
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