What's a decent GFX upgrade from a GTX 285?

Hey guys,

I haven't had the time to keep up to date on all the latest stuff recently as my kid has been keeping me pretty busy!!

What's a decent, noticable upgrade from a GTX 285? I'm not looking to spend too much... so nothing crazy please!
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  1. Well a 7870 at around $200 is a decent card, but it'll be easier to find a card for your needs if you give us a budget.

    Thanks, John
  2. I can go higher than that, but no higher than $400.

    However, what I'd like to know is what are the best bangs for your buck within the $200 to $400 range... and which cards are good overclockers.

    I'm also interested in what kind of performance increase I'll see over my aging card! If I don't have to spend a fortune to get noticable increases, I don't want to.
  3. Depending on what flavor you like:

    AMD 7970

    Nvida 670
  4. nmford said:


    Pretty nice deal. I'd go for it.
  5. Stock cooler, get the gigabyte 670 gtx windforce 3x runs much cooler, overclock much better and it's a better brand :

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&vpn=GV-N670OC-2GD&manfuacture=GIGABYTE
  6. djangoringo said:
    Stock cooler, get the gigabyte 670 gtx windforce 3x runs much cooler, overclock much better and it's a better brand :

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&vpn=GV-N670OC-2GD&manfuacture=GIGABYTE



    How much better is gigabyte than zotac?

    I may just buy a cooler later myself, my current GTX 285 has seen the stock cooler, watercooling, and an aftermarket fan cooler :bounce:
  7. nmford said:



    Not bad at all. ;)
  8. nmford said:


    Very good deal, go for it!
  9. nmford said:
    How much better is gigabyte than zotac?

    I may just buy a cooler later myself, my current GTX 285 has seen the stock cooler, watercooling, and an aftermarket fan cooler :bounce:



    I doubt you have a better aftermarket cooler better than the gigabyte windforce 3x, watercooling that's another history, as for the performance it will overclock better and it's a better brand.

    Also without rebate, that card is $359.99 vs $364.06 of the gigabyte.
  10. I agree with dj. I got the same card he is recommending and I am using my GTX 285 as a PhysX card. I've only had it for a couple of days now but everything is working great
  11. Given your budget you should also consider the Radeon HD 7950/7970.

    The HD 7950 edges the GTX 670 in most of the benchmarks I've seen and it has much better overclocking potential.

    This model of HD 7950 is excellent, it has superb cooling and world class build quality all back by top of the line support. http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=049785
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