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Need Adivice on GPU upgrade

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September 23, 2012 2:03:19 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the Month

BUDGET RANGE: $100-$250

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, semi High end

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GTX 460, 1000W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i5, 4gb ram, typical inputs

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nividia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking into getting a new graphics card, but I have a question. Would it be better to upgrade a single card from the 460 to say a 500 series or something, or to get another 460 and SLI them?

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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 3:32:13 AM

to be honest for that budget I would recommend getting a second 460...you are not gonna find anything in that price range that will warrant an upgrade and you will get more performance out of two 460s
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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 4:48:07 AM

the thing about that is the performance would be very close between a 7870 and gtx 460 sli and the second 460 would be much cheaper than a 7870
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September 23, 2012 5:09:38 AM

OK what about if I raise the price range, $300-$350, what then
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 6:20:40 AM

What brand and model PSU do you have?
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 7:07:58 AM

I'd recommended a 660
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 3:20:46 PM

At this moment I think adding another gtx 460 in sli will give you the performance you want.
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September 23, 2012 9:10:26 PM

Ok so I tried finding my 460 on newegg and other places, and it is either not found or more expensive then just a 500 series. So because of that I might just get a single card, what is the best in the 500 series that would give me the best boost.
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 9:18:17 PM

Tempus35 said:
Ok so I tried finding my 460 on newegg and other places, and it is either not found or more expensive then just a 500 series. So because of that I might just get a single card, what is the best in the 500 series that would give me the best boost.


I'll never understand the desire to purchase hardware that is a generation old. There is no point in going after a 560ti or something because the HD7850 is cheaper and performs better across the board.

HD7850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Old Bench Comparison - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547

Keep in mind that with AMDs newer drivers, the performance gap has widened even further in AMDs favor between the 560Ti and HD7850. Also, for just a little more, you can get the HD7870, which will give you better framerates and more consistent performance when compared to 2 GTX 460s in SLI. It is also an overclocking MONSTER.
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September 24, 2012 1:34:17 AM

Tempus35 said:
OK understandable, and the more I look I am understanding. But how about this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


At that price you can get a HD 7950, the 7950 is supposed to compete against the GTX 670 and i think that the low fps in the 7950 are higher than the 660 Ti low fps in games, i hope you understood what i mean.
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a b U Graphics card
September 24, 2012 2:14:24 AM

Tempus35 said:
OK understandable, and the more I look I am understanding. But how about this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The HD7950 is the better buy at that price point. Take a look at these resent benchmarks and you'll see why:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

The HD7950 outshined the 660Ti in almost every benchmark.

Hiii said:
At that price you can get a HD 7950, the 7950 is supposed to compete against the GTX 670 and i think that the low fps in the 7950 are higher than the 660 Ti low fps in games, i hope you understood what i mean.


He is saying that the minimum FPS on an HD7950 is higher than the minimum FPS on a 660Ti. Essentially, the HD7950 doesn't get bogged down as much.
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