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October 21, 2012 12:31:06 AM

I currently play Star Wars The Old Republic and World of Warcraft.

At the moment I am using an i7-950, 560Ti (1 GB), and 6 GB of RAM (however in three days i have new RAM arriving, so i will have 12 GB of 1600 RAM then). I will also put my Dxdiag at the bottom of this post for full system information.

The 560Ti is factory superclocked, but I have not overclocked anything myself (maybe i should but i dont want to risk damaging anything so i have avoided it so far).

I use an IPS panel monitor, and just a single display.

In SWTOR I REALLY enjoy the highest settings, its so vivid and stunning and it feels like a new game, for performance (in particular, PVP) I have always reduced settings so my ststem wouldnt stutter and case the loss of a fight due to a moment of pause cause by my system bottlenecking. I would like to improve my system so I can play even in PVP in a high or even ultra graphics setting. I assume my vid card is a definate need to upgrade, perhaps tho i should change something else, if you notice anything from the Dxdiag then please mention it to me.

I look at high end video cards and it seems the appeal to most of them is u can get two video cards in one for multiple displays. However I only use a single display so what would be the best video card to get for my single display without paying for performance that just wont be used and wouldnt be an actual improvement. I am trying to word this cause I see lots of people say "whats your price range?" My price range is whatever i want it to be, but im a frugal guy and I dont want to spend money that I dont have to, what I do want is to have the best gaming experience i can (with a single display).

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System Information
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Time of this report: 10/20/2012, 18:37:20
Machine name: DAMON-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: OEM
System Model: OEM
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6136MB RAM
Page File: 7424MB used, 4844MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode


Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 560 Ti
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1200&SUBSYS_35151458&REV_A1
Display Memory: 3790 MB
Dedicated Memory: 978 MB
Shared Memory: 2811 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: IPS236
Monitor Id: GSM580C
Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
Output Type: DVI


October 21, 2012 1:11:51 AM

If anyone with good information on this could reply i would greatly appreciate it.
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October 21, 2012 1:21:27 AM

towlie said:
If anyone with good information on this could reply i would greatly appreciate it.


Get a 7850. It's around $200, and for it's price, it's a great card! If you wanna go higher, get a 7870, for $50 more.
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October 21, 2012 2:08:12 AM

lchrisk said:
Get a 7850. It's around $200, and for it's price, it's a great card! If you wanna go higher, get a 7870, for $50 more.



it looks like your opinion is that the 7870 is the best performance you can get for a single display.

Can someone else please comment and either confirm this as being true or mention another card?
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October 21, 2012 2:21:59 AM

7870 is indeed a great card.
MSI 7870 HAWK edition is what I recommend every time someone wants a 7870 recommendation.
Because it outperforms all other 7870's, has a good cooler, and can still be overclocked like a monster, due to said cooler.
So yes, I can confirm that the 7870 is a good single display card.
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October 21, 2012 2:29:05 AM

Kiowa789 said:
7870 is indeed a great card.
MSI 7870 HAWK edition is what I recommend every time someone wants a 7870 recommendation.
Because it outperforms all other 7870's, has a good cooler, and can still be overclocked like a monster, due to said cooler.
So yes, I can confirm that the 7870 is a good single display card.




well i feel the 560ti is already a "good" single display card, what im trying to find out is what is the best.
as in i want to know which card will allow me to play swtor and wow at ultra settings the best, without paying for more card than i need. Also if there is a card out there that will allow all pc games to be played at ultra settings. These may both be the same card, if not i would like to compare the two, if the money isnt far off then i may as well invest in the one that will play all games at ultra for a single display.
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October 21, 2012 2:31:29 AM

If you really wanna go with it, get the gtx 690, or 7970. Both are amazing!
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October 21, 2012 2:34:39 AM

MMO's are particularly taxing on the CPU to be honest especially when you got massive pvp battles going on and other people around you. With no way to overclock as it is OEM you could try a 7870~660 since they are noticeably faster than your current card. But at some point you will need to address the CPU clock speed. Cheers.
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October 21, 2012 2:43:12 AM

ohyouknow said:
MMO's are particularly taxing on the CPU to be honest especially when you got massive pvp battles going on and other people around you. With no way to overclock as it is OEM you could try a 7870~660 since they are noticeably faster than your current card. But at some point you will need to address the CPU clock speed. Cheers.



my CPU can't be OC'd?
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October 21, 2012 2:45:33 AM

The 7850 is the best bang for the buck in the industry right now. The 7870 is faster, but so is the 660 ti. Either of those will max out pretty much every game at 1080p. I have a 7850 from MSI and am very happy with it. It runs cool, overclocks very well and runs all my games at least on high at 1080p.
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October 21, 2012 2:50:11 AM

towlie said:
my CPU can't be OC'd?

There are ways to over clock it slightly, but that won't do much. I would just go with a 7850 or a 7870 now, and when you get enough money, upgrade to an i5 3570k.
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October 21, 2012 2:56:25 AM

GTX 560TI is a good card. Do you really need an upgrade because that card can still deliver what you need... I think its a waste to upgrade. But if you really like to spend some, then go ahead. I think GTX 660TI is better since I heard reviews saying it's performance is compared to a HD 7950. Even beat 7950 in BF3 but to some games 7950 beat GTX 660TI but the fact that it is compared to 7950 means it's really up to par with that card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

Futuremark also tell the same story:

http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/gpu/NVIDIA+GeF...
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October 21, 2012 3:15:24 AM

should i OC my 560ti? my case has 4 additional fans on it, if that info helps any.
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October 21, 2012 3:18:33 AM

towlie said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is my cpu cooler, a ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

does this change things?

depending on the game you could increase 30% more performance:
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October 21, 2012 3:38:38 AM

Looniam. I'm pretty sure that his motherboard might be OEM. At least that's what I got from some of the specs he initally posted. No point in spending money on a cooler. But OP you did buy this from a company like HP and the like? Or a place like ibuypower?
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October 21, 2012 4:13:06 AM

custom built, parts from newegg. my mobo is EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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October 21, 2012 4:13:47 AM

and my my cpu cooler, a ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
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