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a b U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 2:29:13 AM

Hi guys,
Im running a gtx 560 ti hawk at the moment and even though I havent had it long it just isnt cutting it anymore. I started playing guild wars 2 last night and even though it recommended high settings it was running at 100% and whenever things got intense the game crashed. I assume one is causing the other.

I am thinking of going up to a 680. My local shop said a 670 would be a decent jump but not as much as a 680 and I want to avoid diminishing returns. I play at 1080 on a 22". My question is which 680 to get, as the price range varies substancially across them. I am buying in Australia.

EDIT: asking the right way.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon
BUDGET RANGE: Depends on value and recommendations
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies and bluerays, some video editing.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: MSI GTX 560 ti hawk - Corsair hx 750 watt

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Rest of my specs.
i5-3570k
Asrock Z77 extreme 4
8gb ddr3 kingston blue
Corsiar hx750
402 cooler
NZXT 410 phantom

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
http://www.pccasegear.com
http://www.centrecom.com.au
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia
PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia i think
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want it to last, and quiet cooler would be nice.

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a b U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 3:25:06 AM

I am open to other suggestions. I should have also mentioned im leaning towards nvidia because im thinking of doing 3D gaming later down the track. Id also like whatever i get now be good for a while, including crysis 3.
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a c 643 U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 4:38:25 AM

It's honestly hard to go wrong with any GTX 680. If I were getting one today, I would look for, not necessarily any particular brand, but one that comes with good custom cooling, upgraded components, and a factory overclock.

Do you have a favorite website you would like to purchase from? Give a link to it, and I can help you find the best deal on a nice card.
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a b U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 4:44:50 AM

I thought that might be the case, but peoples experiences can show which is better. I bought the rest of my gear from a local shop. http://www.centrecom.com.au but they are a bit expensive in the high end gear, i just like having them to fall back on. Im guessing ill be get end up ordering from http://www.pccasegear.com

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a c 643 U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 6:14:27 AM

Dude, look no further, the second cheapest is also one of the uber-best:
Inno3D GeForce GTX 680 2GB iChill HerculeZ 3000 Edition
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

This review is for the GTX 670 version, but the conclusions still apply.
Quote:
"the HerculeZ 3000 is indeed one of the quietest coolers available."
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/inno3...
"We have already tested five different GeForce GTX 670 cards including a reference sample from Nvidia, so we can frankly tell you that the Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 2GB is the best of them."
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/inno3...
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a b U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 6:26:30 AM

Interesting recommendation, i am intrigued. I havent had any experience with this brand. But like you said a 680 is a 680, so they are really that good? That cooler looks huge, will it run into other pci slots?
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a b U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 7:49:29 AM

Im finding it very hard to find information on that card.. :( 
UPDATE:
I have found the card takes up 3 slots. This wont work for me as my motherboard only has 1 slot between where it will go and where one would go when i would SLI down the track.
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a c 643 U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 3:35:38 PM

Burgies said:
How would something like the MSI 670 power edition treat me?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

That's definitely a great card. If you consider that it costs much less than the 680, but runs just as fast as a stock 680, it's a great deal. MSI went all out on that card with custom components and a really good cooler, probably the best at keeping temperatures low. Highly recommended.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 12:22:13 AM

Will it be able to run everything on max settings on just the one monitor. Even in 3d or 120hz? I know MSI is making amazing stuff atm, they seem to have the highest of just about every series of card with the hawk/PE/lightening editions however i dont want to run into diminishing returns come upgrade time. I have heard this is the entry level for 3d stuff, but they may have been refering to surround 3d not just 1 monitor. Id love highest settings running on everything for a while to come.
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a c 643 U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 12:27:21 AM

Burgies said:
Will it be able to run everything on max settings on just the one monitor. Even in 3d or 120hz? I know MSI is making amazing stuff atm, they seem to have the highest of just about every series of card with the hawk/PE/lightening editions however i dont want to run into diminishing returns come upgrade time. I have heard this is the entry level for 3d stuff, but they may have been refering to surround 3d not just 1 monitor. Id love highest settings running on everything for a while to come.

It depends on the game and the settings, but you should be able to make minor adjustments to accomodate just about any game. The MSI GTX 670 PE/OC is not at all far behind an overclocked GTX 680. It overclocks really well and stays cool for good turbo boosts.

Check out the benchmarks here and cut the FPS in half to see what they would get with a 3D setup.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 12:36:09 AM

Thanks for the link buddy, ill have to work out if its worth it.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 4:06:51 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations? Am i going to miss the performance of the 680? Im looking at it and its $500, but the low end 680s arent that much more. How will the MSI 670 PE compare if i overclock it, seeing as thats what its made for? Also found the 670 for roughly $465 on ebay so might consider that price drop too.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 4:20:15 AM

GTX680 is overkill for 1080p. that the simple truth. unless you plan to upgrade to higher resolution 680 capabilities will go to waste. 660ti is what i would have got if i had 1080p display. thats what most reviewers would say too. but if you got the dough then who am i to tell you. ;) 
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 4:32:24 AM

I sort of agree, the reason for the over kill is that I want it to last, and to be able to run 120hz. I think i may settle on the 670 PE.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 8:29:52 AM

Does anyone have any comments for the 670 Power Edition for 1080 on one monitor? Possibly at 120 hz or 3D?
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a c 643 U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 3:42:40 PM

No such thing as overkill. At least, it's a good problem to have. 120 hz or 3D is going to require everything you can throw at it. Your high-end system begs for a high-end video card.

I think the MSI GTX 670 PE is possibly one of the two or three best all-around cards you can get right now, bar none. When you consider its price-performance ratio, advanced components, and all the nice extras that come with Nvidia cards, there are really very few more desirable cards in that price range. By the way, my numbers 2 and 3 would be the Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II and the Gigabyte OC (for about $50 less on those websites).
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 10:30:54 PM

Yeah I think ill go with that. I have a local store sourcing a price for me atm. It was a little dissapointing to see my 560 hawk not only struggle on guild wars 2 but have the game crash on me. I wont be having the problem with the 670 :p 
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2012 7:02:52 AM

Just ordered my 670 Power Edition. My local store price matched the online one, so pretty excited about that! Thanks for your input!
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2012 7:03:31 AM

Best answer selected by burgies.
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