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Worth upgrading my GPU or not?

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September 20, 2012 2:30:31 AM

Hello everyone so I have just bought a Computer off of a good friend of mine (he custom built it last year some time.) for $500,
it has
Intel core i5-2500k CPU
Antec 750w PSU
16gb ram
3tb's HDD Space
Blu-ray drive.

and the GPU is a GeForce GTX 560

so my question is, would it be worth saving up some money after ive bought this rig for a better graphics card? - if so what one?
will be using 1x 21.5in monitor - it came with the computer (it also has Win7 64bit)

I'm planning on playing many many different games, mainly being Minecraft (Max settings, HD textures, Tekkit), Batman: AA + AC, BF3, CoD:BO, ArmA 2: DayZ, Saints Row the Third

and also many others but if I can max out these with good FPS - maybe constant 60fps or just bellow, then i'll be sure to max out the others no worries.

So should I upgrade the gpu?, and to which one?, willing to save up as much as needed for a gpu to do what I want it to do.

but that's only if I need a new one.

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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 2:41:56 AM

That GPU will let you play all those games but not on max.

Grab a 670 if you can afford $400.
If you prefer something cheaper, the 7870 is very good bang for your buck @ $260.

It will let you play most of those games at max with decent fps. BF3 might need to lower the AA, maybe.

edit:
depending on the MOBO, you could also drop in another 560. This is a slightly more advanced option that can sometimes be finicky if you aren't great with hardware. It would produce quite a nice fps boost for quite cheap though. List the mobo and I'll confirm the possibility.

Also, what resolution is that monitor? The above was assuming it's 1920x1080

Edit again:
And no, you don't need an upgrade. Try the computer out as it is before upgrading.
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September 20, 2012 2:47:56 AM

Yes it will be 1920x1080, and Motherboard - sorry I am not sure of that - I think i'll just save for the gtx 670 :) , thanks - will see what others thing first.

(and wow you have your i5-2500K O/C'ed to 5ghz O.o nice.)
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 2:53:24 AM

A very expansive and not-at-all-worth-it-for-the-perfomance water cooling solution got me that 5ghz, lol. But water cooling is so fun... so it's worth it in the end.
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September 20, 2012 3:14:47 AM

*Just saw your edit* Alright - will test it out for a while before upgrading - will use it as is til I get money for a gtx 670 - or 680 if it's worth the extra cash. (will do some reading and looks and benchmarks.)
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 3:27:02 AM

Probably worth sticking with a 670. The top ones are 5-10% slower than a reference 680. A slight overclock can get them faster and its usually more than $100 gap between them.
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 3:33:35 AM

7950. End of story.
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 2:38:07 PM

^ another good choice if you want something in between the 670 and 7870. It will play everything at max with 50ish minimum fps on bf3 (avg above 60 fps I believe). The 670 is just for the extra longevity (or higher res).

The 3GB of ram on the 7950 is nice as well, though no games currently make use of more than 1.5gb at 1920x1080.

This 7970 is also a good deal: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The 680 isn't worth it for your needs.

And if you decide to purchase in a month or two or more, ask in the forums again before purchasing. Things change on a ~monthly basis.
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