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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 1:35:52 PM

I sold my 560Ti. I am running intel hd now lol. My current build is

Core i5 2500K
8GB RAM
128GB SSD Crucial m4
1TB 7200rpm HD
Asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3
Roswill Challenger Case

Need a GPU as I don't know what I can do with Intel for too long. If I go with the 670, which would fit good and have good performance? I play at 1920x1080.

I never tried AMD cards and have no experience with them so if that is a option too I would like to hear more.

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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 1:40:18 PM

selayan said:
I sold my 560Ti. I am running intel hd now lol. My current build is

Core i5 2500K
8GB RAM
128GB SSD Crucial m4
1TB 7200rpm HD
Asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3
Roswill Challenger Case

Need a GPU as I don't know what I can do with Intel for too long. If I go with the 670, which would fit good and have good performance? I play at 1920x1080.

I never tried AMD cards and have no experience with them so if that is a option too I would like to hear more.


Yes, the 670 will fit well and perform extremely well. You had the 560Ti, so I assume you have more than enough power to supply a GTX670 (TDP of 560 Ti >= TDP of 670).
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a c 125 U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 1:50:53 PM

Hi

What power supply do you have?

The HD7970 is a alternative: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=598
Its performance in some games is greater than a GTX670 but uses more power, however remember that the GTX670 auto-overclocks whereas the HD7970 is at stock speed in the comparison I posted.
Where I Live both are the same price (roughly).
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 1:51:16 PM

PSU is 750w Corsair Bronze edition. I saw a Visiontek 7970 for 369$ with a coupon code on tiger direct. I'm just weary of AMD cards, always had Nvidia really.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 1:52:40 PM

selayan said:
PSU is 750w Corsair Bronze edition. I saw a Visiontek 7970 for 369$ with a coupon code on tiger direct. I'm just weary of AMD cards, always had Nvidia really.


They both swing up and down on driver support, and absolute performance. That Visiontek looks decent at that price.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 1:57:04 PM

I couldn't find the size length of the vision tek. For 370+ shipped and some games it looks good I guess.
a c 125 U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:00:10 PM

The HD7970 is 11 inches in length.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:01:57 PM

selayan said:
I couldn't find the size length of the vision tek. For 370+ shipped and some games it looks good I guess.


It is a reference card, so length=11 inches.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:02:05 PM

Well I'm leaning more towards a 670 but not sure weather to go with EVGA FTW or or another model. The 11" worries me for the case, Tom's review put a 10.5" card in the challenger when they reviewed it.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:09:54 PM

selayan said:
Well I'm leaning more towards a 670 but not sure weather to go with EVGA FTW or or another model. The 11" worries me for the case, Tom's review put a 10.5" card in the challenger when they reviewed it.


You should measure it then with a ruler. The EVGA 670 is very nice, and also EVGA is known for consistently high quality of customer service after sales. You can't go wrong with that model (if it fits).
a c 176 U Graphics card
a b å Intel
August 17, 2012 2:13:20 PM

You say you sold a GTX560Ti...how was its performance? What applications and games do you run? That you can even tolerate Intel's HD3000 suggests either you've suspended your game playing, or play older and/or undemanding titles.
Before dropping $300+ on a graphics card, evaluate your needs. Would you be happy with an $80 GT440, or a $110 HD7750?
Edit: And do you need good OpenCL performance? If so, avoid Kepler like the plague; either go back to a GTX5xx card, or switch to AMD.

a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:15:47 PM

The EVGA FTW is 10" I think. Someone else but a 670 in this case too on another forum. I just saw on a website the Challenger length for a card is 11 and 3/8th.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:18:26 PM

Onus said:
You say you sold a GTX560Ti...how was its performance? What applications and games do you run? That you can even tolerate Intel's HD3000 suggests either you've suspended your game playing, aren't a gamer at all, or play older and/or undemanding titles.
Before dropping $300+ on a graphics card, evaluate your needs. Would you be happy with an $80 GT440, or a $110 HD7750?
Edit: And do you need good OpenCL performance? If so, avoid Kepler like the plague; either go back to a GTX5xx card, or switch to AMD.


The performance was a difference from an 8800GT. I could play smoothly at 1920x1080 on usually higher or ultra settings, depends on the game. BF3 online was set to high mostly and in single player it was set to ultra. I had good smooth performance.

I also play Max Payne 3, Batman AA and AC, Crysis 1, 2, Hitman Bloodmoney, basically shooters/action games mostly.

Not sure what OpenCL is really used for. I do some programming on the side, mostly web and asp.net sometimes java/jsf/android. I work as a developer but I mostly just built this pc 9 months ago for generally games.
a c 176 U Graphics card
a b å Intel
August 17, 2012 2:36:09 PM

Ah, ok then. In that case, why did you sell the GTX560Ti? If you need something stronger, then a HD7870, HD7950, or GTX670 would be decent. Even a HD7850 is generally stronger, but may not be that much different.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 2:46:46 PM

I just wanted a different newer gen card, little bit better performance for the new Hitman game coming out. I will probably be updating the processor too and maybe a different monitor when I settle in more.

I can't support cards longer than 11 and 3/8" so ASUS TOP 670 would fit I guess but it is sold out.
a c 176 U Graphics card
a b å Intel
August 17, 2012 3:05:57 PM

I'm not sure what, if anything, a new processor will do for you, particularly for games. Get something like a Xigmatek Gaia and OC the i5-2500K up to 4.0GHz-4.2GHz or so.
For a single monitor, I have a HD7870 that is likely to meet my needs for the foreseeable future, although I don't play shooters.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 3:11:09 PM

I'm gonna add a Hyper 212 cooler in a month or two and overclock the cpu if I try. My games don't have to generally be shooters, I just enjoy it more on pc than my PS3 and want to keep this PC in good condition up to date.
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