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Upgrading home built system; Will I notice a difference?

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January 4, 2013 2:05:34 PM

I built my PC a little over 2 years ago with what I thought was a pretty nice build. I did it mostly on recommendations from others and am not up to speed on new components, so I'm flying blind when it comes to upgrading. I'd love some input as to whether any upgrades would make an appreciable difference for gaming, and if so which upgrades you'd suggest.

Current Build
Intel i7 Processor 3.07 GHz
Gigabyte Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard (GA-X58A-UD3R)
GeForce GTX460 Video Card
3x2GB RAM
Hitachi 1TB Hard Drive
Antex EA-650 power supply
HAF 912 Tower

Relevant to the discussion is the fact that I'm displaying this through a projector onto a 120" screen with full surround sound and high end speakers. Used for gaming mostly.

I was thinking a dedicated sound card might make sense and possibly an upgraded video card. Would either of those make an appreciable difference?

I'm a newbie on the forum so let me know if I'm missing any key info.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2013 2:15:17 PM

I was thinking a dedicated sound card might make sense and possibly an upgraded video card. Would either of those make an appreciable difference?
exactly those part :) 

get gtx 670 4GB from gigabyte windforce :) 
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January 4, 2013 2:24:10 PM

AMD Radeon said:
I was thinking a dedicated sound card might make sense and possibly an upgraded video card. Would either of those make an appreciable difference?
exactly those part :) 

get gtx 670 4GB from gigabyte windforce :) 


Thanks for the reply.

How much of a difference do you think that would make from the GTX460? Current performance is decent, but if it's just a marginal upgrade, I'm not sure it's worth it.
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January 4, 2013 2:27:40 PM

It's not the size of the screen that counts, but at what resolution it is displayed...if it's 1080p, the 670 gtx will give a huge boost vs 460 gtx, but you only need the 2GB version.
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January 4, 2013 2:29:34 PM

I think the best choice would be to upgrade your graphics card. Say a GTX 660ti or GTX 670, you didn't mention budget so I'm just tossing that out there. With these cards you also get HDMI output for sound and graphics which is perfect for your projector / surround system setup.

The most quiet GTX 670 would fit in nice in a PC used in a theater setup:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comparison of 460 vs 660ti:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/542?vs=647

Comparison of 460 vs 670:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/542?vs=598


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January 4, 2013 2:29:46 PM

djangoringo said:
It's not the size of the screen that counts, but at what resolution it is displayed...if it's 1080p, the 670 gtx will give a huge boost vs 460 gtx, but you only need the 2GB version.



Yeah, I'm running at 1080p. On a large screen, anything less is difficult to look at!
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2013 2:33:09 PM

Well there's several projectors 720p(since some of your specs are old, a years ago, projectors with 720p were the large majority), that's why i asked.
But yes, then get the 670 gtx, but you only need the 2GB as i said.
Get from those brands : asus dcii, msi pe or evga ftw or ftw signature 2.
The best quiet card 670 gtx, is not the gigabyte, but the asus with the dcii cooling : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direc...
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_C...
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January 4, 2013 2:46:47 PM

Thanks for the responses. I'm looking pretty closely at the GTX670 2GB card.

For the sound, will the output from the card be of comparable quality to a stand alone sound card? Currently I've got sound coming off the motherboard to my receiver via an optical output cable.

Last question: Is 6 GB of RAM sufficient for gaming? Other than load times, would I see any benefit from adding another 2GB?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2013 2:51:33 PM

You don't need 16GB, 6GB/8GB is plenty.
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January 4, 2013 3:13:46 PM

You might like to also consider an SSD.
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January 4, 2013 3:47:20 PM

"For the sound, will the output from the card be of comparable quality to a stand alone sound card? Currently I've got sound coming off the motherboard to my receiver via an optical output cable. "

Yes it will be comparable quality. As long as you have an HDMI input to the receiver and your receiver has a decent DAC the sound will be high quality. You might even get better sound from this setup vs your current as the digital to optical conversion of onboard sound can be pretty bad(not usually though). With HDMI no digital to analog conversion is done except in you receiver via its DAC which is the big plus. I prefer HDMI because you have one cable ran from the PC to the receiver then an HDMI out to the TV which caries both the sound and video, makes for a clean / easy setup.
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January 4, 2013 4:54:44 PM

Alright, so I picked up a EVGA GTX760 FTW and am installing now. I'm looking forward to checking out the difference on the 120" screen! :o 
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January 10, 2013 11:02:59 PM

Best answer selected by skeptic_04.
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January 11, 2013 1:06:04 AM

Post back on how it worked out.
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January 11, 2013 9:19:06 AM

JamesSneed said:
Post back on how it worked out.


Thanks for checking in.

So far so good. Installation went smoothly and the 670 really seems to make the most of the 120" screen.

I do seem to have some more glitches in video performance than before though. Either freezing for a second or two or black screens and artifacts when loading certain programs. However, for the most part the performance has been impressive.

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