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Best GPU for my system

Hello folks, I'm looking to replace my current GPU, but would appreciate suggestions on which model to go for.

My current system specs are:
Intel Core i7 2600 CPU 3.40 GHZ
12 GB DDR3 RAM
Windows 7 64-bit
750 Watt PSU
ATI Radeon 6770 HD
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  1. Best GPU?

    By all means get HD 7970 Crossfire or GTX 680 SLI

    Best card I would recommend getting: HD 7870 for the price its well worth it
  2. Your system can handle any card from HD 7XXX series and GTX 6XX series. I suggest you pick cards from the given series :)

    Your 6770 is seriously bringing down your specs. Nice specs though!
  3. Hold on to the 6770 for another month or 2.
    get a HD8870 :D
  4. Well the best would be a GTX 690. But can you afford $1000.00?
  5. what budget or games you are interested in because your system leaves you any option available.
  6. valamaldoran said:
    Hello folks, I'm looking to replace my current GPU, but would appreciate suggestions on which model to go for.

    My current system specs are:
    Intel Core i7 2600 CPU 3.40 GHZ
    12 GB DDR3 RAM
    Windows 7 64-bit
    750 Watt PSU
    ATI Radeon 6770 HD


    Best for your money? 7870 Ghz.

    Strongest card out? 7970 GHz
  7. Like looniam said, there isn't a limit on your choices unless you give us a price range.
  8. Hello folks, thank you for your insight and advice. I appreciate it.

    In regards to games, I'm looking to max out on games such as Shogun 2 Total War and Skyrim. In regards to budget, the limit is $500.

    Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it.
  9. Best answer
    a GIGABYTE 7970 GHz Edition 3GB @ $449.99 would put you between the performance of a GTX670 and 680




    edit:
    this is less $ but don't think it is the SOC in the benchmarks.
    GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB $439.99
    $419.99 after $20.00 rebate(s)
  10. Thank you, looniam, I think the 7970 would be the best purchase.

    In regards to purchasing the GPU from a retailer, I understand that newegg is very popular. However, I've been looking at NCIX's inventory as well. Which one from the list would be suitable, as I'm not familiar with the brand?

    http://www.ncix.ca/search/?categoryid=2-108&q=7970

    Thanks again for your help.
  11. I have only one rule when it comes to buying graphics card.
    If it's AMD, it has to be a Sapphire
  12. Anonymous said:
    a GIGABYTE 7970 GHz Edition 3GB @ $449.99 would put you between the performance of a GTX670 and 680

    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Gigabyte/HD_7970_SOC/images/shogun2_1920_1200.gif
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Gigabyte/HD_7970_SOC/images/skyrim_1920_1200.gif

    edit:
    this is less $ but don't think it is the SOC in the benchmarks.
    GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB $439.99
    $419.99 after $20.00 rebate(s)


    Look I don't want to get into a flame war, but don't kid yourself. After the latest drivers, the 7970 GHz is almost always above the 680.
    Look at the Tom's hardware performance charts.
  13. valamaldoran said:
    Thank you, looniam, I think the 7970 would be the best purchase.

    In regards to purchasing the GPU from a retailer, I understand that newegg is very popular. However, I've been looking at NCIX's inventory as well. Which one from the list would be suitable, as I'm not familiar with the brand?

    http://www.ncix.ca/search/?categoryid=2-108&q=7970

    Thanks again for your help.


    I have 2 Sapphire 6950's and they are great! Though honestly I would look for the cheapest 7970 GHz that has 4/5+ reviews. You can sometimes find them for ~$400 on newegg...
  14. ^The Cheapest is usually Sapphire as well :lol: occasionally XFX
  15. greghome said:
    I have only one rule when it comes to buying graphics card.
    If it's AMD, it has to be a Sapphire


    +1 :hello:
  16. CaptainTom said:
    Look I don't want to get into a flame war, but don't kid yourself. After the latest drivers, the 7970 GHz is almost always above the 680.
    Look at the Tom's hardware performance charts.

    i am not kidding myself, esp when thinking that THG is the say and know all on graphics cards, no offence.

    and thank you for your concern.
  17. i think a radeon 7970 ghz edition would be perfect for your budget..they have 3gb vrm so it will be good for multi monitor setups too
  18. Hi guys, I appreciate the advice given. Before I commit to purchase, I need your help regarding a few details on my current system.

    Regrettably, it's not custom built, and was bought factory assembled from a retailer a year ago. Therefore the quality of certain components are dubious, notably the PSU and motherboard.

    The details for the PSU:
    FSP Group Inc
    80 Plus Gold
    FSP750-80AGP BRONZE
    Typical efficiency: 87.16

    750W (3.3V & 5V = 170W Max)
    (+12V1 & +12V2 & +12V3 & +12V4 = 648W Max)

    Motherboard details according to Speccy:

    Manufacturer Gateway
    Model FX6850 (CPU 1)
    Chipset Vendor Intel
    Chipset Model Sandy Bridge
    Chipset Revision 09
    Southbridge Vendor Intel
    Southbridge Model H67
    Southbridge Revision B2
    System Temperature 32 °C
    BIOS
    Brand American Megatrends Inc.
    Version P01-A3
    Date 02/11/2011
    Voltage
    CPU CORE 0.972 V
    MEMORY CONTROLLER 1.512 V
    +3.3V 2.928 V
    +5V 5.000 V
    +12V 11.232 V
    -12V -4.176 V
    -5V -1.296 V
    +5V HIGH THRESHOLD 2.802 V
    CMOS BATTERY 1.596 V

    A technician has also informed me that I should replace the SATA hard drive with an SSD hard drive.

    Is the 7970 still a feasible purchase at this point? Or do I have to purchase a new PSU/SSD/motherboard in order to avoid bottlenecks? If it's not feasible, what are alternative GPUs?

    Thanks again for your help and time.
  19. replacing the HDD with a SSD would just speed boot time, won't make much difference aside from that.

    As for the 7970, it's the best high end GPU you can get now, then again I would wait and see what the HD8k can offer seeing as Halloween is coming and AMD usually launch their GPU in late October or late November
  20. glad you did notice the PSU, though it is rated bronze FSP can be hit or miss as far as quality. but i highly doubt a 7970 will be a problem, just don't hope to run 2 in crossfire.

    the motherboard is most likely fine. since it is a H67 and you have a non K i7 2600 so you won't be doing any overclocking; so there is no worry of stress the power delivery. i would guess that its short coming(s) would be not many usb3 or sata 6bgs ports. i also doubt that it is crossfire/ SLI capable.

    as stated, i doubt you really *need* an SSD unless you hate waiting to boot into windows are games loading.
  21. Best answer selected by valamaldoran.
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