This is my first post, so allow m to intrduce myself.
I'm Matt aka sickbumblebee. I'm a twenty six year old student living near london.
I was using a gforce gtx 280, but it broke. So I'm in desperate need of a new graphics card.
My budget is roughly £700
This is my dxdiag information:
Time of this report: 12/13/2012, 23:58:46
Machine name: BIGFISH-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120824-0336)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: alienware
System Model: Area-51 ALX X58
BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/05/08 12:33:11 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 965 @ 3.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 6134MB RAM
Page File: 1797MB used, 10582MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
Please tell me if you'd like anymore information. Or if there's anything else you think would be worth an upgrade.
I was thinking of splashing out and getting a GTX 690. But I'm worried I won't see its full potential because it will be held back by older hardware. I was also worried bout my PSU not being able to handle it.
The 690 is a powerful card, but IMO it's not worth getting just yet. It's basically x2 underclocked GTX 680s on SLI and that 4gb of VRAM they advertise isn't exactly accurate since only 2gb is usable.
You're better off with a 670 and OC it slightly to match or surpass the 680 since they perform very close, or if you don't mind AMD get the 7970/GHz cards, they're cheaper and mostly outperforms the 670 and 680.
A quick google revealed this price per game performance benchmark updated every 24hrs http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html Hope it helps.Also I would check the top few on the list in shopping search engines to see if there is a better deal.