Which GPU for my existing system?


USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High end gaming and Blu Ray movies.

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 x Western Digital VelociRaptor WDBACN6000ANC-NRSN 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Reliable with good prices (usually use Newegg, Amazon, and


PARTS PREFERENCES: nVidia GPU preferred, but would switch to ATI if Crossfire would make a big difference / brand not a concern.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200, ASUS VE276Q 27-Inch Widescreen (16:9) 2ms Response Time Display Port LCD Monitor - Black

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am have been receiving kernel errors and not getting as good of performance as I hoped with my 460. So, I was looking to upgrade. The parts of this PC are only 13 months old, except for the vid card, which is about 20 months old.

Since I am limited to PCI Express 2.0 x 16, the best I think I can do is GTX 500 series for nVidia, and Radeon 5000 series, right?

If that's the case, then would I be able to see significant increase with any of these cards, even Crossfire Radeon, to be worth the money?

I am expecting a complete economic collapse within the next 24 months as well. I have no debt, and $20,000 in the bank. I was trying to save to buy a house, but the way things are looking, I don't see it happening for a very long time, if ever. I just want to enjoy myself and make myself happy until the collapse. Buying computer stuff, building PCs, gaming, and watching movies is my comfort food. So, I am considering a complete overhaul as well with new everything: MB, CPU, HS, memory, SSD HDs, lighter case (freaking antec 300 is heavy), vid card, etc. Only things I would not need to replace I hope would be power supply, monitor, mouse, keyboard, and my large hard drives that I use for file storage.

The only other thing I am considering spending money on is purchasing seed vaults, freeze dried foods, MREs, and other prepper stuff for the collapse. The optomistic side of me is what's keeping me from buying that stuff, hoping it will never come to that.

I hope I didn't freak anyone out, and I am sure quite a few who read this will think I am crazy with the prepper and collapse stuff.

Anyways, I appreciate any advice I receive. Thank you!
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  1. Love this guy !

    Saving for the big collapse is only buying in a little extra time, when it happens it will be so catastrophically nothing will help/work in the long time. Your only chance are the Aliens i'm afraid.

    So better spend it on hardware, yeah :bounce: !!!!!!

    Oh, if money is no issue maybe a gtx690 ?
  2. Best answer
    Btw, you're not limited by the 2.0 version you have. 3.0 speeds are not really used yet.
  3. Best answer selected by Kaillus.
  4. COol, thanks man. I actually put together a potential new system for about $1900. Still trying to determine which motherboard.
  5. Sorry, don't know much about that. Maybe ask at the other forum section.

    $1900 new build . . . o, yeah. Please show it when it's finished, gonna be a monster :ouch:
  6. GreenDutchAlien said:
    Sorry, don't know much about that. Maybe ask at the other forum section.

    $1900 new build . . . o, yeah. Please show it when it's finished, gonna be a monster :ouch:

    It's nothing special. The price is jacked up an extra $600 due to 2 GTX 670s in SLI, and an extra SSD drive. I am not including a monitor, sound card, BluRay burner, or blu-ray player, mouse, keyboard, and 2 1TB 7200 RPM drives for data storage that I will scavenge from my current box. I use the extra sound card over the on board so I can use one for game sounds and one for voice chat. This way I don't have explosions overriding voice stuff.

    My issue with my choice of MB is that I am not sure if I can plugin in the sound card along with the 2 video cards with an Asrock Z77 Extreme4. So, I have a Asus Sabertooth listed, because it looks like it will fit properly.

    This is what I have so far. If the Asrock MB works out, then I will switch to it and save about $110.00.
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