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October 10, 2012 12:34:07 AM

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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October 10, 2012 1:31:21 AM

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
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October 10, 2012 2:02:06 AM

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!
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October 10, 2012 3:24:10 AM

Hold on to the 6770 for another month or 2.
get a HD8870 :D 
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October 10, 2012 3:33:39 AM

Well the best would be a GTX 690. But can you afford $1000.00?
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October 10, 2012 3:43:42 AM

what budget or games you are interested in because your system leaves you any option available.
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October 10, 2012 3:47:36 AM

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
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October 10, 2012 4:02:50 AM

Like looniam said, there isn't a limit on your choices unless you give us a price range.
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October 10, 2012 5:00:10 AM

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.
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October 10, 2012 5:20:06 AM

a GIGABYTE 7970 GHz Edition 3GB @ $449.99 would put you between the performance of a GTX670 and 680




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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)
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October 10, 2012 7:38:13 AM

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.

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October 10, 2012 7:44:37 AM

I have only one rule when it comes to buying graphics card.
If it's AMD, it has to be a Sapphire
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October 10, 2012 2:58:26 PM

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.
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October 10, 2012 3:00:25 PM

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...
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October 10, 2012 3:04:13 PM

^The Cheapest is usually Sapphire as well :lol:  occasionally XFX
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October 10, 2012 3:30:47 PM

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: 
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October 10, 2012 6:32:49 PM

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.
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October 10, 2012 6:40:37 PM

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
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October 11, 2012 6:16:47 AM

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.




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October 11, 2012 12:03:53 PM

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
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October 11, 2012 7:44:03 PM

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.
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October 12, 2012 7:14:27 PM

Best answer selected by valamaldoran.
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