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December 8, 2012 11:33:48 AM

hi there

im thinking of upgrading my graphics and possibly my hdd cause both are behaving irratticly and would like some advice


i play a variety of games but currently find my worst framerate in Rift (mmorpg) where my framerate can drop to about 6 or 7 when it needs to process alot of graphics from multiple players.

my system is :
12gb kingston pc13600 4x3gb
intel core i7 2,8ghz - 860 - (socket 1156)
saphire - Radeon HD 5850 - 1gb
asus p7p55 D
Samsung HD103uj HDD - 7200rpm - 13.8ms accesstime (windows 7 64 bit + programs device)


what i am thinking is upgrading the HDD as its old as blimey to SSD 128gb sata 600
graphics card to nvidia gtx 680 ??

budget i would say is about 500 EU or 700$

ive read some of the reviews about the nvidia / radeon devices and i find it much to be biased - i myself have had both and find both to be good depending on their usage, ive had more issues tho with radeon cards so im more inclined to the Nvidia cards.

any suggestions would be much appreciated

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December 8, 2012 11:51:06 AM

I've also had more issues with Radeons. GTX670 is a smarter purchase than the GTX680 - there's only ~6% framerate difference, but a big cost difference. For SSD, a Samsung 830 is a real price/performance winner, or the 840 Pro if you want the absolute best. Looks like you already have plenty of processor power and RAM there.
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December 8, 2012 11:58:50 AM

Buy 60gb or 128gb ssd.graphics card is enough for this config. if u want extra frame rate just over clock it to maximum.
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December 8, 2012 11:58:55 AM

bc5 said:
I've also had more issues with Radeons. GTX670 is a smarter purchase than the GTX680 - there's only ~6% framerate difference, but a big cost difference. For SSD, a Samsung 830 is a real price/performance winner, or the 840 Pro if you want the absolute best. Looks like you already have plenty of processor power and RAM there.


Agree wholeheartedly with the Samsung SSDs.

For graphics, the best approach is to look at the games you want to play, and see which card handles them better.
Generally speaking, the 7970 is a stronger card compared to the 670; the 7970 had issues with immature drivers when first released, but since those issues have been resolved they're solid performers.
If you do look at the 7970s, don't bother with the ghz editions since they're basically the same card with a higher clock rate (that you can easily reach with ocing).
December 8, 2012 12:04:21 PM

Only thing with the 7970 is you're paying a bit more for something you won't be able to tell the difference with, unless you use a framerate counter. And that was before nVidia's new 310.70 drivers, which have cancelled out much of the advantage of Catalyst 12.11. For all intents and purposes they're the same speed (with v-sync disabled), but nVidia gives adaptive v-sync, so that if you use v-sync to prevent tearing, framerates won't be further restricted if you drop below 60fps (where as the standard v-sync on the Radeon would further restrict framerate).
December 10, 2012 7:21:31 PM

Thanks alot for your input - i chose the ssd and the nvidia card and framerate has increased nicely


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December 10, 2012 9:13:57 PM

Nice choices! Which SSD did you buy?
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