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Hello! Having some thoughts about upgrading my gpu.
My system is about 4 years old, so I also would like to know
if upgarding only the gpu will result in a bottleneck.

Budget: 150-200$

Usage: Gaming (Skyrim w/ENB HD mods, Battlefield 3 on high, Anno 2070)watching movies.

Current gpu: Shappire Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 (Replaced a fried 9800GT Superclocked 512Mb GDDR3).

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 550W 24pin

Other Specs:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5Ghz 6Mb Cache s775 1333Mhz

MoBo: Asus P5Q 775 C2Q 1600Mhz Intel P45 DDR2 1200

Memory: 6Gb- Crosair DHX 2x1Gb TwinX DDR2 800Mhz and Kingstone 2x2Gb

Cooling: 2 Thermaltake bulid in fans (M9 mid tower case) and Thermaltake Golden Orb II

Overclocking: Maybe. Single gpu.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

I'm currently running Skyrim w/ ENB and HD textures on 25-30 FPS (50-60 FPS on ultra without mods) Battlefield 3 on low-mid, ArmA II on mid-high.

Thanks.
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  1. This card will probably suit you best... for a bit extra you could go with a GTX 660 Non-Ti also. No, it will not bottleneck your CPU either. And you should be able to use your current PSU.
  2. I think a gpu upgrade will be fine.
    To satisfy yourself, Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
    If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
    If your FPS stays the same, you are likely cpu limited.

    If you upgrade, make it a significant jump or you might be disappointed.
    I would look at a newer 28nm based card like a GTX660ti or 7770 at least.
  3. These three cards cost pretty much the same where I buy.

    Sappire HD 6870 1GB GDDR5
    EVGA GTX550 Ti Superclocked 1GB GDDR5
    Gigabyte GTX650 OC 2GB GDDR5 DX11
    Sapphire HD 7770 GHZ Edition OC 1GB GDDR5

    Which one out of the above will be my best choise?
    Also, The GTX660 Non Ti/Ti are over my budget limit.

    Thanks.
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    BooDal said:
    These three cards cost pretty much the same where I buy.

    Sappire HD 6870 1GB GDDR5
    EVGA GTX550 Ti Superclocked 1GB GDDR5
    Gigabyte GTX650 OC 2GB GDDR5 DX11
    Sapphire HD 7770 GHZ Edition OC 1GB GDDR5

    Which one out of the above will be my best choise?
    Also, The GTX660 Non Ti/Ti are over my budget limit.

    Thanks.


    Dude, If I was you, I'd but a GTX 560 off newegg... it pretty much outperforms all of those and is really cheap, and the 660 Ti would be a GREAT buy too, but if you must buy from this select group, I suggest the GTX 550 Ti SC or the HD 6870. I'm pretty sure the HD 6870 is the fastest card on that list.
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