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Need GPU Upgrade advice: GT 430 user

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September 25, 2012 5:19:22 AM

Hello, I want to upgrade my pc for better gaming performance I'm thinking of getting a new GPU and would like to hear some opinions, here are my specs:

CPU: Intel Pentium E5700 @3.0GHz *can't OC*
MOBO: Intel G41 chipset
RAM: 4gb DDR3 (3.50 usable)
PSU: ATX 500w PIV
HDD: 500GB Barracuda
GPU: Geforce GT 430 OC to 850/835/1700 from 700/700/1400
OS: Windows 7 32bit
Monitor: HP L1506 16'' which only offers up to 1024x768 resolution

I can run games like MassEffect3/ArkhamCity/DarkSiders2 in medium/high with a constant 30-35 fps with that setup.

So which GPU should I buy to get a reasonable fps boost in most games within the price range of $100-150?

Thanks for your time.
September 25, 2012 5:45:17 AM

If your keeping that cpu, i would get a 650. Cheap and energy efficient.

660ti would future proof you since you always would have to option of sli down the road.


Edit: Just realized at what resolution your playing. 650 would suffice and i dont think it would be bottlenecked.
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September 25, 2012 5:48:53 AM

footlong96 said:
If your keeping that cpu, i would get a 650. Cheap and energy efficient.

660ti would future proof you since you always would have to option of sli down the road.


Edit: Just realized at what resolution your playing. 650 would suffice and i dont think it would be bottlenecked.


He said around 150$ range the 660Ti is 300 and what you trying to do blow his psu out?
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a b U Graphics card
September 25, 2012 5:52:03 AM

Honestly I would think about getting a better monitor first before upgrading your gpu. At that resolution, your more cpu limited than gpu limited anyway, and that's not really o good resolution to be gaming at anyway.
September 25, 2012 5:53:53 AM

500watts is enough for a 660ti.

And i edited my post.....650 would suffice.
a b U Graphics card
September 25, 2012 5:56:05 AM

footlong96 said:
500watts is enough for a 660ti.

And i edited my post.....650 would suffice.


ATX idk bout the brand doe..I wouldnt feel to comf bout doing it
September 25, 2012 8:24:17 AM


holdingholder said:
Honestly I would think about getting a better monitor first before upgrading your gpu. At that resolution, your more cpu limited than gpu limited anyway, and that's not really o good resolution to be gaming at anyway.


Correct me if im wrong but wouldn't a bigger monitor that runs at a higher resolution drop my performance at the cost of a better image quality? obviously it would be nice to run games at 1600x1200/1900x1200 but I can't afford a high-end pc atm, so I rather have a low-res monitor + a mid-end graphics card and get a playable/decent fps for most games.


footlong96 said:
If your keeping that cpu, i would get a 650. Cheap and energy efficient.

660ti would future proof you since you always would have to option of sli down the road.


Edit: Just realized at what resolution your playing. 650 would suffice and i dont think it would be bottlenecked.


Thanks for the quick advice & btw does that card requires a psu connector? I can buy the adapter if thats the case but would like to know beforehand.



September 25, 2012 8:41:37 AM

Many graphics cards come with pci express x molex adapters so verify whats in the box before you order one. I recommend you watch as the holidays approach you might be able to find a really good deal on a graphics card and a monitor that cant actually render something above crap level. I recommend a minimum of the 660ti and a monitor that can run at 1680x1050 which should be rather easy to find. When it comes to new games, you really do miss a lot of beauty and spectacle that can be had by higher resolutions with better textures.
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September 25, 2012 9:01:20 AM

vegettonox said:
Many graphics cards come with pci express x molex adapters so verify whats in the box before you order one. I recommend you watch as the holidays approach you might be able to find a really good deal on a graphics card and a monitor that cant actually render something above crap level. I recommend a minimum of the 660ti and a monitor that can run at 1680x1050 which should be rather easy to find. When it comes to new games, you really do miss a lot of beauty and spectacle that can be had by higher resolutions with better textures.


Even he could go 1920x1080p but the 660 Ti would do nice
September 25, 2012 3:09:08 PM

determinologyz said:
Even he could go 1920x1080p but the 660 Ti would do nice


but my psu can handle the 660ti with no problems? also wouldn't my cpu/mobo etc bottleneck that card? plus the 650 is about $180 bucks cheaper.
September 25, 2012 3:46:39 PM

Ignore the 660ti, no point with your monitor choice...unecessary waste of money.
At that resolution, you really only need a 6670, but since you are willing to spend more, I'd get the 7750/7770 which will last forever at that resolution to be honest.

If you really have 300 bucks to spend, I'd pay 150 for a monitor and 150 for a 7770. better outcome than 300 straight on a graphics card.
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September 25, 2012 9:56:29 PM

GTX 650 = toilet paper go buy your self something like a 7750 or a 7770 that will handle ok with your cpu. Don't buy a high end card until you have either upgraded your system or managed to get a cheap core 2 quad. A core 2 Quad will handle some of these higher end cards without to much of a bottleneck.
September 26, 2012 2:03:49 AM

nforce4max said:
GTX 650 = toilet paper go buy your self something like a 7750 or a 7770 that will handle ok with your cpu. Don't buy a high end card until you have either upgraded your system or managed to get a cheap core 2 quad. A core 2 Quad will handle some of these higher end cards without to much of a bottleneck.


Can you recommend a card with similar performance-price from nvidia? Not that I have anything agaisnt ATI it's just that i've always been from nvidia.
a c 172 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 12:53:55 PM

A used GTX460/560 for around $75-120. The only problem is that these cards when under full load will use around 160w but the performance they offer is much more than the GTX650 can offer. Before swapping out for a q8200 I had a e7200 and it did ok with my 460.
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