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Need advice on GPU upgrade for Core 2 Quad System

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September 24, 2012 12:14:09 PM

Hi guy I need some advice on what GPU I should buy for my current system so I cant keep it going for another year or two before complete overhaul,
My Current Specs:
Core 2 Quad Q8200S 2.33GHZ - not overclocked
4GB of Corsar value 1333mhz - cheap but absolutely brilliant!
Asus P5G41T-M LE
GTX 550 TI - Started getting quite terrible FPS on some games really want a upgrade
Corsair TX750M - Bought for future proofing
1TB 7200rpm WD
My displays are:
2 x Samsung 2032bw 1680x1050 Monitors - Got both for under £100

So I really want to get a GPU upgrade as I just feel my 550 ti just isn't sufficient anymore but yes I know I am limited due to my CPU and will probably bottleneck but I just need a second opinion, also Im in UK so english site only please,
Thanks In advance,
Lewisjay1
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September 24, 2012 12:17:18 PM

a 7850 would be my recommendation
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September 24, 2012 12:19:32 PM

In which games your current card isn't good enough? What's your budget for upgrading?
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September 24, 2012 12:23:41 PM

Sunius said:
In which games your current card isn't good enough? What's your budget for upgrading?

Games like Borderlands 2 I have to run it at medium with no anti aliasing at some points I still get crappy FPS and my budget is anything under £200
September 24, 2012 12:26:34 PM

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I also recommend the 7850, its a great card for a great price. Have you considered overclocking? That would really boost your frame rates in some games and the Core 2s are great clockers.

Yeah I have but Ive had trouble doing so because on my bios it has this overclocking profile were I can overclock by like 20% automatically but I want to try and get it up 3.00ghz but I cant find out how to manually do it and all the guides I follow just dont apply to the layout of my bios
September 24, 2012 12:31:20 PM

u can get a HD 6870 for cheap ,, which is kind of a very nice card and is very powerful!!
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September 24, 2012 12:42:34 PM

6870 i would pass on that if i was you
September 24, 2012 12:54:03 PM

hi lewisjay
im quite suprised your experiencing bad fps with the GTX550ti... i recently upgraded to this from crossfire HD5750,s and a pentium E5700 and ive been pretty impressed with the GTX550ti.... that said i replaced my lga775 platform with a socket 1155 motherboard and for the moment im using a entry level pentium G620 and 8gb of 1333mhz ddr3 ram ( im also using corsair ram but the xms3 which again is faultless )
i can only see the reason for the bad fps is the fact your running 2 monitors.... and obviously this puts additional strain on your graphics card .... and since your Asus P5G41T-M LE has just 1 peg slot adding a second GTX550ti in sli is out of the question
so in terms of upgrades well you need to consider any bottlenecks that may occur if you add a high end card such as a GTX680 or HD7970 ...... so with that in mind i recommend the "ARIANET GeForce GTX 660 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card "( http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/ARIA... ) .. this is a powerful card but should match your other components fairly well.... and with a 1000mhz stock core clock and a turbo core clock of 1050mhz this has some serious horsepower
theres 2gb of gddr5 memory running at a effective speed of 3004mhz .. and with 960 cuda cores and a 256bit memory interface this equates to a good card for the price
with dual displays in mind you also get 2 x dvi ports,1 x hdmi and a displayport connection .... so theres plenty of connectivity options there
on the radeon side of things ( and if you dont mind using amd ) the "MSI Radeon HD 7850 OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card "( http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card...!+?productId=51968 ) is a amazing peice of kit
specs are impressive with a 900mhz core clock and 1gb of gddr5 memory running at 4800mhz ddr effective.... however you may want to use a 2gb version such as the "ARIANET Radeon HD 7850 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card "( http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/ARIA...!+?productId=51340 ) since your running 2 displays .... and with both cards you also get 2 free games ( DiRT Showdown & Nexuiz downloadable from steam ) ......
finally ( and if you can save some cash on the gpu upgrade ) you may also want to buy a solid state drive .... the prices are pretty good at the moment ,and i recently purchased a 128gb OCZ octane ssd which is the best upgrade ive bought in years
with 128gb and allowing approx 17gb for windows 7 64bit you are left with just under 100gb of capacity... this will allow you to install your favourite games and trust me when i say games run better from a ssd... for starters theres the load times which are 200% quicker and you also see a improvement in frame rates ... maybe not in all games but overall performance is improved
best deal on a ssd at the moment is the "OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive "( http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Hard+Drives+-+SS... ) ... this is better than my octane ssd and with a maximum 525mb/sec read and 500mb/sec write this is amazingly fast
hope this helps mate
good luck !
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September 24, 2012 1:08:52 PM

If you had a really good board and good ram you could get over 3ghz with that cpu without needing hardly any more than stock voltage. I got the 95w version of the q8200 and I got almost 3.3ghz out of it on less than stock volts but the only thing that held me back was the NB on my 780i.


You might get 2.5ghz but keep the volts where they are, set the pci-e clock to 104mhz then bump the fsb to 1424 while the chipset clock will be 356mhz. That is as far as the G41 can go without heavy modding.

The 7850 is a good choice.
September 24, 2012 1:10:35 PM

Why 6870 if you can add a bit to 6950 + unlock to 6970?
I don't think that green camp can propose something interesting for this budget, so you it's probably 6950->70 or 78XX
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September 24, 2012 1:12:30 PM

Wildwolf said:
Why 6870 if you can add a bit to 6950 + unlock to 6970?
I don't think that green camp can propose something interesting for this budget, so you it's probably 6950->70 or 78XX
Can't be unlocked anymore where you been :heink: 
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September 24, 2012 1:14:32 PM

Wildwolf said:
Why 6870 if you can add a bit to 6950 + unlock to 6970?
I don't think that green camp can propose something interesting for this budget, so you it's probably 6950->70 or 78XX


Owning Nvidia is like owning a mac :whistle: 
I won't be buying Kepler. :kaola: 
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September 24, 2012 1:34:54 PM

For £200 you could probably get the 7850 and a decent heatsink to allow you to overclock... not sure how good that mobo is for overclocking though.....
March 25, 2013 7:00:48 AM

Haha I'm loving the nvidea to Mac comparison. As an owner of a Mac, and an nvidea card(in the MacBook) I can say they are both pricy. Get a 7850-7870 Tahiti. I would suggest the 7879 Tahiti but 7850 gets Wei score of 7.9 so you really can't go wrong.
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