I don't know which GPU to get in my build

Hey,

So this is my set-up at the moment

Motherboard - MSI Z77 Mpower which cost £140

Intel i5k ivy bridge

8GB ram

Corsair H100 water cooler

Other pc parts I already have.

I don't know which graphics card to get, there is so many and I don't know what to get!

I want a graphics card that can handle battlefield 3 and future games on max settings but doesn't cost a bomb to buy.
Also is there any other cheaper motherboard that is modern so for example pci 3.0 and also could handle about 4.4-4.6ghz of the cpu.
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  1. Well there is no card that doesn't cost allot that will max out BF3 define max out
  2. Cheapest card your going to get for maxing out BF3 @1920 X 1080 http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/amazonuk/asus-video-card-gtx660tidc2og2gd5
  3. bigcyco1 said:
    Well there is no card that doesn't cost allot that will max out BF3 define max out


    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1019mhz-boost-1079mhz-cores-13

    I would get this but recent news about MSI just making me think not to get it?
  4. bigcyco1 said:


    But nvidia better arent they
  5. shaunw50 said:
    Well that's just NOT a good reason the card is fine i have two NOT a dam THING WRONG with them i wouldn't worry about it besides it comes with a two year warranty ;) And yes nvidia better for BF3
  6. This is a good mobo asrock z77 extreme4 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007KTY4A6/?tag=pcp0f-21
  7. strife_ff7 said:
    This is a good mobo asrock z77 extreme4 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007KTY4A6/?tag=pcp0f-21
    lol hes not looking for motherboard
  8. yes he is.
  9. bigcyco1 said:
    Well that's just NOT a good reason the card is fine i have two NOT a dam THING WRONG with them i wouldn't worry about it besides it comes with a two year warranty ;) And yes nvidia better for BF3


    Is this GPU inequivalent to the gtx 670
  10. Ask yourself this if the MSI 670 PE was so bad how come only TH complained about it how come it has four out of five star rating on every site it's sold how come every professional review aside from TH speaks highly of it examples read the reviews from real professionals http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review/
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/56546-msi-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review.html i rest my case.
  11. strife_ff7 said:
    yes he is.
    i missed where he asked that my bad
  12. bigcyco1 said:
    Ask yourself this if the MSI 670 PE was so bad how come only TH complained about it how come it has four out of five star rating on every site it's sold how come every professional review aside from TH speaks highly of it examples read the reviews from real professionals http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review/
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/56546-msi-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review.html i rest my case.



    Yes I love the MSI gtx 670 but have you heard the recent news about this and the msi gtx 670 and 660ti I am just worried it will break in 1-2years time
  13. bigcyco1 said:
    i missed where he asked that my bad


    Hey,

    What about this http://www.ebuyer.com/407824-evga-gtx-670-ftw-2048mb-gddr5-dual-dvi-hdmi-displayport-pci-e-graphics-02g-p4-2678-kr

    It seems to be the only card that doesn't have problems.
  14. shaunw50 said:
    Hey,

    What about this http://www.ebuyer.com/407824-evga-gtx-670-ftw-2048mb-gddr5-dual-dvi-hdmi-displayport-pci-e-graphics-02g-p4-2678-kr

    It seems to be the only card that doesn't have problems.
    That one is good as well the msi pe is fine it's bull crap what being said only TH came up with this non sense i have two nothing wrong with them but if you feel safer getting evga go for it ;)
  15. bigcyco1 said:
    That one is good as well the msi pe is fine it's bull crap what being said only TH came up with this non sense i have two nothing wrong with them but if you feel safer getting evga go for it ;)


    How long have you had your MSI gtx 670 power editions?
  16. Couple months
  17. bigcyco1 said:
    Couple months


    Only problem I have with evga is the cooler it just 1 fan, all the heat looks trapped
  18. Quote:
    Yep it runs a bit warm but what other choices do you have lol



    Well based on what MSI have said and it not till next month when the new models will include the new bus speeds ect I am going to go with evga. All the reviews say it is good ect..

    Thanks for your help.
  19. Your welcome enjoy!
  20. You know I don't hear anyone talking about the Gigabyte 670. It was well recieved by both Tomshardware and by newegg winning awards on both. Also in the same price range of regular reference cards

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-16.html
  21. I think nobody talks about it because not many care for it although it was reviewed as being good as far as i recall .
  22. bigshootr8 said:
    You know I don't hear anyone talking about the Gigabyte 670. It was well recieved by both Tomshardware and by newegg winning awards on both. Also in the same price range of regular reference cards

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-16.html


    Yes but to me it is not very power friendly I believe. I don't like the look of it either lol
  23. more power friendly then a reference cards those cards that evga puts out end up with hot VRM's because of the blower design.
  24. But aesthetics are important to :) either way great GPU enjoy
  25. bigshootr8 said:
    more power friendly then a reference cards those cards that evga puts out end up with hot VRM's because of the blower design.


    Well I am going with evga based on reviews ect, also it is got a gtx 680 plate board so more room for cooling. Not heard 1 problem with the card. Also it meant to be the best gtx 670 card in SLI.
  26. bigshootr8 said:
    But aesthetics are important to :) either way great GPU enjoy


    WOW just found this http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-670-ftw-signature-ii-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6208mhz-gddr5-gpu-1006mhz-cores-1344-dp-dvi-hdm

    I am so confused this or the FTW normal one!
  27. Well that one is pre overclocked. Core and boost clock so It all really depends if you want that. puts it a little closer to the 680 only real difference in the end is the cuda cores. 192 less then the 680
  28. bigshootr8 said:
    Well that one is pre overclocked. Core and boost clock so It all really depends if you want that. puts it a little closer to the 680 only real difference in the end is the cuda cores. 192 less then the 680


    Yes, doesn't it run cooler as well because the 2 fans?
  29. Hard to say I've heard from people that the non reference cards from evga aren't that great.
  30. bigshootr8 said:
    Hard to say I've heard from people that the non reference cards from evga aren't that great.


    Is this card http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-670-ftw-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6208mhz-gddr5-gpu-1006mhz-boost-1084mhz-cores-1344-dp-dl-dvi
    based on reference, because I heard everybody say this is a great card
  31. EVGA used reference cooling, the trick is that this is reference GTX 680’s cooling. In fact, Nvidia’s partners were given a green light to use any cooling or PCB for their GTX 670s. Nvidia uses a shorter PCB in order to cut costs, but EVGA didn’t want to skimp here so the company threw in the GTX 680’s PCB and cooling solutions. Note that doing this was not very difficult since both the GTX 680 and GTX 670 use the GK104 GPU and identical memory subsystems.
  32. bigcyco1 said:
    EVGA used reference cooling, the trick is that this is reference GTX 680’s cooling. In fact, Nvidia’s partners were given a green light to use any cooling or PCB for their GTX 670s. Nvidia uses a shorter PCB in order to cut costs, but EVGA didn’t want to skimp here so the company threw in the GTX 680’s PCB and cooling solutions. Note that doing this was not very difficult since both the GTX 680 and GTX 670 use the GK104 GPU and identical memory subsystems.


    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-670-ftw-signature-ii-28nm-pcie-30-(x16)-6208mhz-gddr5-gpu-1006mhz-cores-1344-dp-dvi-hdm

    This is based on the same cooling that is on the gtx 660ti one from which I have heard is very good because I think of the 2 fans.
  33. Maybe i have not looked into that one never done any research on it or ever used it personally
  34. bigcyco1 said:
    Maybe i have not looked into that one or ever used it personally


    You said the windforce from gigabyte one good, problem I have that is require a 6 and 8 pin connection. Also looking at the benchmarks evga beats it. Do you know
    if toms hardware has done a review on the evga?
  35. Seems to be a very rare card over here in the states in fact its not showing up on there us website. The only complaint I have about the card you linked was the shroud you can't tell whats underneath it. Whether they are using heatpipes with heatsinks along the card or not. However, Evga has amazing customer service and typically they put out great product.


    http://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+600+Series+Family&chipset=GTX+670
  36. bigshootr8 said:
    Seems to be a very rare card over here in the states in fact its not showing up on there us website. The only complaint I have about the card you linked was the shroud you can't tell whats underneath it. Whether they are using heatpipes with heatsinks along the card or not. However, Evga has amazing customer service and typically they put out great product.


    http://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+600+Series+Family&chipset=GTX+670


    Yes, now I'm just wondering if I need a new PSU. The one I have is 750watts, 24pin power connection, 2 6pins for gpu and all that others you need?
  37. shaunw50 said:
    You said the windforce from gigabyte one good, problem I have that is require a 6 and 8 pin connection. Also looking at the benchmarks evga beats it. Do you know
    if toms hardware has done a review on the evga?
    No i don't know if TH has or not i really don't read toms hardware reviews i read TechPowerUp,Hardware Canucks,Guru3D, AnandTech,[H]ard|OCP elect.Reviews i find them more reliable.
  38. yea those sites are pretty good as well. the card comes with adapters if you're pci-e power connectors don't come with a 6+2 break off power connector. And chances are that your power supply will work like a glove with all the current cards that includes a 680, and or 7970. What power supply do you currently use?

    here is a review from techpowerup
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX_670_Windforce/33.html
  39. bigshootr8 said:
    yea those sites are pretty good as well. the card comes with adapters if you're pci-e power connectors don't come with a 6+2 break off power connector. And chances are that your power supply will work like a glove with all the current cards that includes a 680, and or 7970. What power supply do you currently use?

    here is a review from techpowerup
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX_670_Windforce/33.html


    Well it my psu from my dell xps 630i so it is dell psu, I heard bad things about using a dell psu in a new pc. Can you recommend any psu also what watts of power I need.
  40. Well there are plenty of good power supplies out there. I personally like ones with seasonic components I'll provide one for an example below. Also I will provide a link to help you out to know what is inside the power supplies part wise since different manufactures use different rebranded parts.

    http://www.10stripe.com/featured/psu/brand.php


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
  41. bigshootr8 said:
    Well there are plenty of good power supplies out there. I personally like ones with seasonic components I'll provide one for an example below. Also I will provide a link to help you out to know what is inside the power supplies part wise since different manufactures use different rebranded parts.

    http://www.10stripe.com/featured/psu/brand.php


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020


    My dell psu has viewsonic inside it?
  42. No the components inside the power supply is what I'm talking about. That is what matters. Most companies do not make the components that go inside them. I provided a link that showed the components that go into top name power supplies and it says what power supplies to stay away from as well. Also I have a AX850 80 plus gold may not be something you need I just wanted a better power efficiency.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Plus


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