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Upgrading a GTX 260

Hello all,

I recently purchased a new computer from new egg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229361

I immediately replaced the GPU with the one in my old computer, a Geforce GTX 260. It seems to work much better than the Radeon 6670 however I was considering upgrading this to one of the newer cards. My question is, do you think this would be worth it and if so what suggestions do you have for a replacement?

So far I am looking at the Radeon 7770 and possibly GTX 560. My price range would be in the under $150 area if possible.

Thanks!
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  1. GTX650 or HD7770
  2. Thank you for the reply. Which one of those would be better? I did not know the GTX 650 was so cheap.
  3. well i mean the Ti version which is based on GK106. the non Ti version is based on GK107 which are more in line with your GTX260 in terms of performance. in general GTX650 Ti are a bit faster than 7770. 7770 is cheaper than 650 Ti
  4. i would get a amd 7850 if you can, or a gtx 650ti
  5. get this one :- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102993

    its an sapphire hd 7770 with dual fan its a good choice for price:)
  6. Hmm, how much better is the 7850 than the 7770? Think it's worth the ~$50 price difference? Found this card on new egg that seems like a pretty good deal. It's the 7850 with 2GB and free shipping:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473
  7. Best answer
    HD 7850 is MUCH faster than HD 7770 - at the very least 40% faster. It's worth getting it for sure.
  8. Oh really? Well, that is good to hear. One question, how much variation is there among manufacturers? That card I linked is Power Color and only has 2 reviews, but price was is the cheapest I can find that includes the 2 GB. Also, is the 2GB worth the extra few dollars or is 1GB basically the same?
  9. Variation among manufacturers is mostly in cooling: some manufacturers have it better than others.

    2 GB is worth if you're playing at 1920x1080 or higher resolution.
  10. Ah okay, on my monitor i usually play at 1680 x 1050... right now it looks like i can get that 1GB Sapphire for roughly the same price as the 2 GB power color. Links below. Any recommendation on which one is superior?

    Sapphire - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004

    OR

    Power Color - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473
  11. PowerColor doesn't usually make the most rock solid of cards and I am boycotting them for their Swastika theme that used on one of their coolers.

    Sapphire has traditionally made some of the best ATI/AMD cards on the market but avoid buying ANY card that uses SMD mounted ferrite shielded inductors.

    MSI and Asus are safe bets for the 7850 as they have a much higher build quality than most and have great cooling.
  12. nforce4max said:
    PowerColor doesn't usually make the most rock solid of cards and I am boycotting them for their Swastika theme that used on one of their coolers.

    Sapphire has traditionally made some of the best ATI/AMD cards on the market but avoid buying ANY card that uses SMD mounted ferrite shielded inductors.

    MSI and Asus are safe bets for the 7850 as they have a much higher build quality than most and have great cooling.


    Thank you for the response. I looked at that Sapphire card again but did not see mention of this smd mounted ferrite shielded inductors your speak of. Did you notice that just from the pictures? I do like the fact that it has dual fans and I have also heard what you say that Sapphire has a great reputation.
  13. I am more concerned from the design standpoint of the card, you can easily find pictures of that exact card with the cooler removed and you will see the inductors.
  14. Best answer selected by Corvin.
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