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Help my friend upgrade his video card please!

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November 6, 2012 11:07:51 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks

PRICE RANGE: $200-300 w/o rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. He wants to play Empire Total war and CS:Go with better FPS. He gets 40-80 frames on GO but gets drops to 20 on Empire. I told him that Empire is poorly optimized for the PC and is prone to issues but he wont hear it... not my money :p  lol.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 5770

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Air cooled PC (Dell model), Intel Core I7 870, Lynnfield socket 1156 LGA @ 2.93GHz

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg/amazon

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: New York

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Unkown but im assuming 1600x1200 to 1920x1200, single monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: He wants to get 100+ frames on CS go... frankly i cant tell past like 50 myself but he is a graphics nut.. sigh. he also wants much better frames on Empire total war but i tell him that the total war series is VERY resource intesive and a CPU hog.

CPU-Z info in case i missed anything:

http://imgur.com/XBaPi
http://imgur.com/3qYOm,XBaPi
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 11:17:17 AM

You missed the power supply unit.
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a b U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 11:20:58 AM

Graphics Card is not the only thing to increase the FPS you need to upgrade your cpu as well, lynfield are now dead get sandy or Ivy i5 2500k or i5 3570k then unless you are using HD 6770 your fps will be in 50's.
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November 6, 2012 11:25:21 AM

Regretably, I dont know the PSU but I would assume 750-900w. I will try to get that out of him tonight.

Do you think there is a card viable for him to get a performance boost? I am well aware of the antiquaited Lienfield processor but he thinks only in terms of GPU tech and told him of this.

Thanks
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a c 193 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 12:40:26 PM

Find out what his PSU is; brand and model, not just [claimed] wattage.
If he's running a HD5770 now, he should be able to run a HD7850, which doesn't use much more power (still only needs one PCIe power connector). That should give him the performance he wants, and leave him money for a PSU if he needs it. In fact, if he maxes his $300 budget, he might be able to get a HD7870 (XFX DD for $230) and a PSU (Seasonic modular 520W for $70).
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November 6, 2012 12:45:30 PM

Onus said:
Find out what his PSU is; brand and model, not just [claimed] wattage.
If he's running a HD5770 now, he should be able to run a HD7850, which doesn't use much more power (still only needs one PCIe power connector). That should give him the performance he wants, and leave him money for a PSU if he needs it. In fact, if he maxes his $300 budget, he might be able to get a HD7870 (XFX DD for $230) and a PSU (Seasonic modular 520W for $70).


Thanks! I will report back when i know the wattage/brand/model.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 11:23:06 AM

That is a very very good power supply unit, it could run two HD 7950s. He should get one of those as it fits his budget :) .
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November 7, 2012 6:00:48 PM

Sunius said:
That is a very very good power supply unit, it could run two HD 7950s. He should get one of those as it fits his budget :) .


so based on my friends specs, he should see a nice boost in FPS with that new card... right? I know the CPU is now the bottleneck but regardless of that.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 6:49:53 PM

No, it shouldn't bottleneck. He'll get an insane boost in FPS with HD 7950!
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November 7, 2012 7:42:37 PM

A 7950 Is a great card.

But if you are planning to save as much money as possible then maybe get a gigabyte 7870 OC edition. It comes overclocked out of the box and has great cooling.

7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However. If you are going to spend as much as 300$ then go with the 7950.
It has the same cooling and both cards come with the AMD game pack gift thing.

7950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 193 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 9:38:37 PM

Assuming he'd rather not max the budget, a HD7870 should do very well for him. And yeah, that's a very good PSU.
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November 8, 2012 2:35:56 PM

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